Is it Planning – or Procrastination?


 

“Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.”  ~ David J. Schwartz, Trainer and Author

“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present activity.” ~ Jillian Michaels, Fitness Guru, Author of “Unlimited”

“Planning is nothing but procrastination in disguise… Failure doesn’t come from poor planning – it comes from the timidity to proceed.” ~ Scott Ginsberg, “The Nametag Guy”

 

These are just a few quotes I reread daily to get my head in check. I am THEE Queen of lists and planning to a fault, I now realize. Overplanning, procrastination, over-responsible, not finishing projects: these are all traits of ACOA’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics) yet I struggle with denial. Anyone else do this?

Once I push past the “preparation” that pulls on every. fiber. in. my. being, I actually get a lot of real work done. For me, this means writing new or revised scenes for my LAKE-RESORT Novel. This Sunday, I sat on my patio in the gorgeous fall weather and wrote long-hand 8 notebook pages of  a pretty tense scene between my teenage protag and her estranged mother. The key for me? Don’t over think it and don’t work on the computer (the internet is called the Web for a reason!)

How will you push past the planning and onto productivity today? Share your tips and tricks!

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2 Comments

Filed under Advice, emotion, goals, Novels, procrastination

2 responses to “Is it Planning – or Procrastination?

  1. Danielle Laux

    HI, I agree, planning can create procrastination, I have learned that planning is very important, but setting goals with a time line is best. Monthy, weekly and daily lists keep us on track, but if we are just living to have a list and don’t do anything on it others than to stay or appear busy, well that isn’t good. I love this and thank you for sharing and being real.

    • I agree, Dani and I’ll always be a list girl at heart. In my case, I use overplanning and research to the detrimental state of not moving forward. I have the habit of filling my mind and time with all the details of the project I want to start and becoming exhausted and overwhelmed. This is especially true in my writing. Thanks for commenting!

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