Life in progress

#SoCS – To Do


My to-do list is once again way over the top. I find it much easier when that list is dominated by stuff I have to do for other people. When I promise someone I will, for instance, have their editing job done on a certain day, nine times out of ten I get it done early. I’m able to concentrate better when I have someone counting on me. I have discipline. When it’s only me counting on me, I have none.

At the moment I’m supposed to be working on three short stories (I have a deadline for two of them, but they’re not motivating me yet), one of which I’ve gone as far as creating a Word document and naming. Not a single word in the document itself. The other two I have great ideas for, but the deadline for the first is closer. As someone wise once said (Stephen King?) starting is the hardest part.

My excuse for not working on my novel is I’m waiting for a beta reader to get back to me. I could work on it anyway, but there’s this short story …

All in all it seems I’m the last person on my to-do list who has any clout. I love to make other people happy by getting their work done on time, but me–meh. I’m not that important. I need to find a way to change that. And I need to find a way to stop procrastinating. In other words, I need to get off my ass and do things for me.

Suggestions on how to do that are welcome.

This post (that I managed to write, despite procrastinating) is brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click the link to find the other entries in the comment section, and join in today!

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

24 thoughts on “#SoCS – To Do

  1. Accountability definitely helps (I’m definitely a procrastinator too) so maybe you need to publicise your progress as a regular thing.


  2. I can relate. Sometimes it helps to schedule an appointment with the task on my wall calendar AND my phone calendar with an “alert” to remind me.


  3. Sooo me! One of my favorite tees reads “Procrastinators Unite — Tomorrow”.


  4. I know how it goes. It’s countability and responsibility. I thought of having someone to check on me and make me accountable for what I have to do for myself… on time!


  5. Ms. Linda just be like NIKE and JUST DO IT!!! Have a great weekend!


  6. I think you have a lot of things you are doing. Sometimes me time must be rest.


  7. I have no suggestions for you, Linda, because I also tend to procrastinate on my own stuff. Give me a job at work and I’ll make the deadline, but my personal filing? Yeah, six months later…

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  8. Sounds like the same voice I hear in my head!!

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  9. I’d love to help you out with suggestions…alas, I’m in the same boat as you. My own deadlines and projects seem to take a back seat and I’m often my own worst enemy.
    Good luck with it!


  10. I relate to that first paragraph in a way that further endears me to you.


  11. But Linda, this post is up way earlier than some recent #SoCS posts. So, I think that’s progress. Unless it’s procrastination 🙂


  12. I’m in the same boat Linda!


  13. Just start, don’t overthink it just get up and do it!


  14. It’s always easier to do someone else’s work than your own !

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