I started blogging just over 7 months ago because I felt it would help me with my writer’s block. I thought if I had an outlet to jot down my thoughts then I would be motivated to write on a regular basis. The juices flowed slowly for a couple of months and then quickly dried up. I didn’t understand what happened! Surely, I had something to say…being speechless just wasn’t a part of my character. But here I was at a loss for words; or was I? What was really happening was not writer’s block but writer’s overflow. I have had so many things to say, talk about, comment on, and rant about that I couldn’t get the thoughts organized enough in my mind for them to flow neatly to this blog.
Well, I have finally found a formula that will, hopefully, rectify that situation. Recently, I had to do a project for work that included writing an advice piece for students on how to stop procrastinating. As I was typing that paper, I realized that I wasn’t really qualified to write this paper since it not only took me two days to write it, but I couldn’t stay focused long enough to follow the very advice I was providing to others. Of course, the irony of this was not lost on me and I couldn’t resist the humor of the whole situation. Well, paper finally completed, I had nothing left to do but take my own advice: “Stop looking at a task as daunting or overwhelming. Take it in small pieces until you have completed what you need to do.”
I realized that I had been looking at writing as if I had to complete a novel in one fell swoop instead of a daily blog one thought at a time. I just needed to start. How far this goes is anybody’s guess but I do know one thing, I have completed my “research” on Procrastination and I feel like I am on the path of going from Expert to Novice. Perhaps if I had not been so great at Procrastination I would have never realized that the paper I was writing for others was indeed therapy for myself.
See you next Blog!