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How to Procrastinate: My Top 8 Methods

17th September 2010

How to Procrastinate: My Top 8 Methods

I write for a living.  That’s not all, of course, that I do for EnMart,  but it is one thing.  Most of the time I love it.  I’ve been writing since I was six years old,  and I can’t imagine doing anything else.   Still, there are days when I stare at a blank screen and dread the fact that I have to make all those letters into words, and all those words into sentences and all those sentences into paragraphs until I finally have a post.

On days when I’m feeling the dread and the ideas aren’t coming easily,  I have been known to procrastinate.  I think anyone who is in a creative profession  like writing or garment decoration  faces the dreaded blank at some point and realizes they will have to come up with something to fill that space.   If ideas aren’t coming easily,  the lure of procrastination can be very seductive.   Because it’s Friday and I’m in kind of a silly mood,  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite ways to procrastinate.

Method #1:  Call and ask my colleagues questions I’d already asked them in hopes of striking up a conversation.  As you might imagine,  those I work with love this!

Method #2: Start cleaning out my e-mail inbox.   I have multiple e-mail accounts that all feed into folders in one central location.  Cleaning out e-mails can take hours particularly if I need to read and contemplate each one.

Method #3:  Ask those around me what I should write about.   Most of the time whomever I’m asking just shrugs and looks at me blankly,  but the question does sometimes spark a discussion.

Method #4: Say you have to go finding something in another building.  We have three buildings on our campus.   Finding something in the warehouse, despite its organizational scheme,  can take hours if you do it right.

Method #5: Decide my desk is too messy.  My desk is actually relatively neat most days,  but I do have a lot of paper and files.  On days when I don’t want to write,  I have been known to decide to do a wholesale tidying.

Method #6:  Update my to do list.  My to do list is generally quite long, so I can spend a good bit of time removing and adding tasks and prioritizing.

Method #7:  Google.  I’m guessing almost everyone has typed search terms into Google in hopes of finding something inspiring at one time or another.

Method #8: Twitter and Facebook.

So that’s what I do when I’m not feeling inspired.  I’m always looking for cutting edge procrastination methods,  so if you have one I didn’t mention,  please share it with me in the comments.

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