I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been slacking lately. I used to have a good routine. Then … basically let’s say a lot of partying went down and then my huge drama project, resulting in me not reaching my word counts for a week.
And if you miss a good habit for an entire week … you know you’re screwed.
The ironic part is that I was pretty good at cranking in 1500 – 2000 words per day when I was busy, got home at 4 pm and had to do homework and assignments and now that I only need to study for a few examinations and otherwise have the days off I’m the laziest brat ever. It’s not even like my procrastination breaks are that fulfilling. It’s not like I play Worms Armageddon or Half Life or read The Vampire Lestat or Kristen Lamb. I just refresh Facebook.
I usually hate when any religious person says “I’ll pray for you” in response to my argument on anything they disagree with, but in this case I’d very much like for somebody to pray for my blackened, corrupted soul.
Someone once defined the difference between a break and procrastination as: in one instance you regenerate energy, the other uses energy.
Guess which is which.
In any case I need to get back to my good habits, and I’ve decided to do it 10 minutes at a time.
Whenever I need to get my writing-juices flowing I do a 10 minute flow-of-conscious warm-up. I’ll just let this spread into the rest of my work. I will do my projects in 10 minute bits. 10 minutes are okay. You can concentrate during that span of time. It’s so much easier to tell yourself: “Pull yourself together and concentrate for 10 minutes, then you can refresh the-daily-bunny, though you know it is daily, there won’t be any new bunnies for another 24 hours!”
The brain is being tricked into thinking it gets what it wants while I get what I want: words. The great thing is that when my phone vibrates that the 10 minutes are up I’ll usually just restart it and take another 10.
This way I’ll easily reach 40 minutes before I take a short break and continue.
I’m telling you, this is the way to go.
Eat an elephant.
Btw, the last time I had problems pulling myself together I typed “how to stop procrastinating” into the search bar on youtube.