The Great Time Suck or How to Avoid Putting Words Down
Hello and welcome to another blog post about writing, life and the zaniness which is the world around me. Today I want to talk about the myriad of things you do.... wait, hold on. I have to finish this Solitaire game.
Whew. I am working on getting another perfect month of wins. I can't let a day go by without playing those games. Three months of perfect wins. Going for a record here. Now where was I? Oh yes, back to ways you waste time. Oh rats, I'd better check in on Facebook. I might have missed something important.
Sorry. I didn't have anything important but I did watch another of those videos about crazy cats. They make me laugh so hard. Anyway, I'm horrible about time management when I want to be. Deadlines looming or a to-do list in front of me and I'm focused. I get my work done. It's amazing checking off the items on my list and seeing it shrink. As a matter of fact, this blog was on my list!
But I can find sixteen million ways to waste time from laundry (yep, sometimes I'd rather do it than anything else) to playing card games. I'll bake cookies which I won't eat or head to the grocery store for one thing, just to give myself a break from the computer.
We all do this.... but why do I do it? Sometimes my muse isn't talking. She likes to pick the time and place for sharing information about characters and stories. Usually when I'm laying in bed at night, just about to fall asleep. Other times, it's my ADHD. I like to multitask so you will find at least four browsers open on my computer at any one time while I'm researching something, playing a game, checking on Facebook and writing. I flop back and forth between different activities, giving my mind a chance to switch off and regroup.
Then there's the dogs who need their treats and want to go outside or my husband who wants dinner or needs an extra pair of hands. You get what I'm saying. But we don't need a reason to waste time...we use the excuse to make ourselves feel better because when the end of the day comes and we still have things on our to-do list, we get angry. An excuse gives us a reason. A write-off, a do-over.
Well, I'd better get back to my own writing and let you get back to your work. Drop me a line on how you waste time. I'd love to be able to add to my own repertoire.
Until Next Month...