When it comes to procrastinating, I’m practically a professional.
Not so much in the doing of daily tasks that keep our family life running smoothly. You know, like the washing and the school forms and all the extracurricular activity bits and pieces, that stuff I’m on top of.
Where I seem to struggle is tackling the big juicy creative projects, the ones that fill me up and remind me that I’m more than just a folder of socks/referee of sisterly squabbles/doer of tedious deeds.
Specifically, I’m referring to a manuscript that I’ve been working on for an embarrassingly long time. Currently, it’s kinda sorta almost finished. Almost being the operative word here. But instead of just sitting down and doing the thing, I seem to routinely find ways to do all the other things instead.
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Generally, these other things are related to the thing, e.g. researching a location I’m writing about, or taking a course in the software I’m using to write in. However, none of these other things actually get the big thing done, despite how busy they make me feel every day.
And while I’m regularly left asking myself #whyamIlikethis? I’ve settled on the fact that it’s just because I’m a procrastinator. It's what I do, it’s how I am, it’s just part of my process.
As I’m starting to realise though, there might be a bit more to it than this.
While on Instagram (aka procrastinator’s crack) recently, I came across a post from Girlboss with a title reading: The Worst Type of Procrastination. So yes, it immediately had my attention. The post linked to a TikTok from Denée Tamia discussing the topic of 'action faking'.