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Productive Procrastination

Now, don’t worry, I mean the good kind of procrastination! The kind which involves book research, gathering new book ideas, and cats! Procrastination can’t be bad when it involves all of the above, now, can it? (unless it’s solely cats with no research, although we could argue about that) Hence why it’s Productive Procrastination. Let me explain.

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We’re all guilty of procrastinating. Don’t even try to deny it. Sometimes the words just don’t want to come, and you’re tempted to do your laundry instead. Or watch your favourite TV series for five hours straight. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do the housework necessary to save your home from being a hoarder’s dream, but why not try to use your procrastination to your advantage?

There are many ways you can do this. There are countless articles to read and videos to watch on the internet (and, yes, cats), but chances are you have a favourite way of procrastinating productively. Mine is Pinterest.

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There are a lot of posts related to creative writing on Pinterest. Whether it’s quotes, how-to’s on map building, advice on creating strong villains, tips for beating procrastination (ironically) – it’s all there. And because I can relate it to writing my book, it’s a better way to waste an hour than hanging up the laundry to dry really slowly. Or doing something else entirely unrelated, like wasting away in front of the TV for five hours.

Just because you’re not writing your book doesn’t mean you can’t do any work on it at all. There’s so much more to writing one than the actual writing part, and procrastination will try to get in the way. So, instead of letting it, use it to your advantage instead. The best part is that your mind stays focused on your book, so while you do all this productive procrastination you might even suddenly solve a problem you’ve been struggling with for a while!

Finally, even if you don’t procrastinate in a productive way, you still give your mind a break, and having one of those occasionally can’t hurt. As long as the breaks don’t become longer than the actual writing sessions.

If you would like to procrastinate together on Pinterest, you can find me here.

How do you procrastinate? Have you found any productive ways of doing it you could share? 

~Sarina

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6 Comments

  1. Yeah, I procrastinate a heck of a lot. Any little thing can become a valid excuse to procrastinate.

    Recently, however, my excuses to procrastinate haven’t been terribly optional. For example, I got 5 pages into Chapter 11 of my second novel when I realized that I should go back and fully revise my first novel. So I did. A few weeks later, once that was done and I actually got back to Chapter 11, writing a single page, my computer decided to slow down, choke, and die. Okay, I’m not sure it’s fully dead yet, maybe only mostly dead so far. But since it doesn’t have pockets that I can go through for loose change, I’m not really in the mood to make that distinction. So I think I have to get a new computer, and then go through all of the set-up, downloads, and transferring of files that go with buying a new computer. So when will I get back to Chapter 11? Who knows? But at least I have plenty of reasons to keep procrastinating. 🙂

    • It’s never the same when the procrastination is forced. I’m sorry to hear your computer died. Have you made a decision about getting a new one yet?

      • Thank you. The good news is that I was able to fix my current laptop by wiping the hard drive and reinstalling everything. The bad news is that I found out how my hard drive was corrupted in the first place when it happened a second time in the exact same way. So I had to wipe my hard drive and reinstall everything again. But I learned how to avoid the same thing happening a third time.

        And yeah, procrastination isn’t the same when it’s forced. I agree with you there. 🙂

  2. I love Pinterest, and I also love a bit of Youtube. At least music classes as productive procrastination. 😉 I love finding a song that has the tone to match my book or the perfect lyrics. Although, I find myself watching hilarious viral videos too, but who doesn’t do that?

    • Music definitely works! 🙂 I can’t write and listen to music at the same time but if I need to get into a specific mood for a scene then music is a great way of achieving that.
      And everyone watches hilarious viral videos, so no shame in that! 🙂

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