With the, no doubt temporary, spirit of New Year zeal slugging its way through my hardening arteries I thought I’d review my writing progress over the past year. One book published and another on its way – not bad perhaps except for the niggling thought that if I managed my time better I could do more. Now, in an earlier incarnation, I wrote a book called Time for Your Life – all about how to make time to do the things you want to do as well as the things you have to do. It contains pearls of wisdom about how to deal with procrastination and displacement activities (P&D/A)- Time Thieves I called them. Here I’ll let you into a secret it’s a book on the lines ‘do as I say not as I do’. When it comes to the process of writing all my pearls about P&D/A scatter before the swine.
However, one things I am good it is making lists so I thought I’d share with you my top P&D/A activities.
1. Wandering down to the kitchen to make coffee and fossick for a snack. I drink so much coffee that I need to pee regularly hence creating two D/As at once. Smart eh?
2. Read the social media and snarl at all those peppy people who always have something to say for themselves
3. Play on-line solitaire in the belief it will at least keep one part of my brain working whilst the rest is AWOL
4. Check sales figures for my book Close to the Edge hoping that any change will motivate me. When these haven’t changed I resort to 1 above.
5. Do some housework which also helps to work off the few calories added by indulging in 1 above.
6. Look up rude words in my French dictionary so I can swear fluently at the be-pimpled adolescent who cut me up on the bend the other day.
7. Sit in the garden and pretend to think – my favourite when the weather is good.
8. Re-read (it’s called editing I think) for the zillioneth time the hundred words I have written and agonise over commas, full-stops, semi-colons.
9. Light up an illicit cigarette with my head hanging out of the window hoping the shutter won’t fall down and guillotine my outstretched neck.
10. The very last resort – do some unnecessary ironing – like the hems on towels that curl up after I’ve washed and dried them.
So there you have it – confessions of an indie author – all perfectly rational of course. How many of them do you share with me? Even better have you any to add that I could adopt?
Happy New Year everyone.
I love your list … particularly the looking up of French swear words. I empathise with number 2 and have no idea why I haven’t executed on my plan set in stone every blasted New Year’s eve to ban Social Media from my life from hence-forward. Happy New Year – you are one of my VERY happy finds of the last year and I look forward to so much more 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind comment. The problem with social media is one that puts an indie publishing author between a rock and a hard place. I know I have to build up an on-line following but the sad truth is I find reading what others write about far far easier than popping some bons mots up on Twitter or Facebook! Happy New Year to you.
How familiar they sound. I swap several of them for exercising the dog…after he’s already had a walk…though it may just be true that he has control of my mind, and therefore It’s Not My Fault.
Oh absolutely not your fault. Clever things these beasties.