Productivity vs. Productive Procrastination

This past week I had some pretty lofty writing goals. I accomplished about half of it. The week isn’t over yet (at the time of writing this it’s 6:30 on Sunday evening), but I won’t be finishing that goal.

I wanted to finish writing the new scenes I’d outlined for one of my POV characters. Next week I’m planning on writing the scenes for the other POV character. As it stands, I still have three and half chapters to write for POV 1. That’s about 7,500 words to try and write tonight, and I know it’s possible but unlikely.

Which brings me to this week’s blog topic; being productive versus procrastinating productively. I was off work Tuesday and Wednesday, still I spent a large chuck of Wednesday reworking character profiles and how I had them all formatted in Scrivener. It was something that only vaguely had to be done (which is another’s days topic, as I probably should utilize them more).

I was being “productive” by doing something so far down on the list of necessary tasks that even after completing it I’m no closer to achieving my writing goals for this week, or month, or any of the things I’d hoped to already have done this far into 2017.

There’s no use worrying about what I did four days ago, and in some regards even worrying about tonight. I’m going to attempt to write like crazy before I have to turn in tonight, but the real changes that need to be worried about are more far-reaching than this week. So, I’m making a promise/game plan right now for how the rest of 2017 is going to work.

Will I stick to the game plan? I really hope so, because I’ve got long-time goals for myself that will never come to fruition without a little more self-discipline and sacrifice. Sacrifice of time, sacrifice of some hobbies and TV programs. But it’ll be worth it, and they won’t be going away anyway.

What I need is a schedule, one that allows for the most productivity, and the least room for excuses and “productive procrastination. Because yes, I do need to clean my room, and fold laundry, and read some more books, and FINALLY finish crocheting the blanket I started for my mom. But those things can have designated timeslots, and so should writing.

And that’s what I task anyone else dealing with the same productivity issues as I am to focus on. Make a realistic schedule you know you can keep, have designated times that you won’t feel guilty about doing chores, or hobbies, or any number of other things that are important to you. Balance is important in any aspect of life, and for me, it’s an aspect I’m nowhere near coming close to, but one I’m going to continue striving toward.

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