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D is for … Distractions or Delaying tactics?

DYou know those days when you are determined to get things done, only to be met with one distraction after another?

I’m not convinced that I am really so easily distracted, rather that I am creating my own delaying tactics to put off doing something that I’m not in the mood to do. I mean, no-one is  forcing me to play Candy Crush or scroll through an endless stream of doggy pics, but nonetheless I can waste plenty of time on these two things alone, instead of knuckling down and sticking to my plans.

After all, when things have to be done, then you just get on and do them, don’t you?

The way I see it is that if the said task is important, then I will get on with it. Which means that most things are just not important enough. That being said, the kind of things I put off are usually inane things, such as cleaning the house and tidying the garden. However, occasionally I have been known to put off more essential tasks, like eating and drinking (unless of course it involves eating chocolate!)

This also transpires into my writing, when I hit a rough patch, I tend to put everything on hold and wait for some divine intervention to call me back to the plot. This rarely happens, and so I have quite a few unfinished projects to circumvent. Even though I meet my writing goals during those NaNo challenges, I have yet to finish one of those ‘novels’ completely. Oh, I’ve written the end and I’ve edited it – quite a few times  – but then I convince myself that it’s still not ready. Maybe the ending is not strong enough or the subplot needs tightening, any excuse will do. Even when I have had feedback from others, who seem to enjoy the story and encourage me to go on, even then, I know better and tell myself it’s not the right time.

I definitely need a new plan, one that includes more dedication and discipline:

Oh well, maybe tomorrow 🙂

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Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

8 thoughts on “D is for … Distractions or Delaying tactics?

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I love your doggy posts, particularly that your dogs have reached such grand ages. It gives me hope that mine will be here for many years yet (they are 10 and 8) I’ll be back – for sure 🙂

  1. As a minion for one of the A to Z techs, I am supposed to visit my assigned blogs and leave encouraging comments. However, I am trying to get three stars on one of the Candy Crush levels which prevented me from leaving encouraging comments yesterday. Today, I am waiting for my lives to renew so I am now visiting random blogs of my choosing. I don’t call it delaying tactics, I call it, well, can’t think of a good name but I guess I need to quit playing and take my minion job seriously. I am happy to hear I am not alone.

  2. 🙂 I was going to ask if you (mentally) beat yourself up for delaying, but your “Maybe tomorrow” tells me you’ve got a handle on procrastination. Or maybe you’ll beat yourself up tomorrow!

      1. I forgot you are in Spain. Once this A to Z “meet and greet is over, I will sit down and develop my own little reference notebook of who is where and why I follow. All the visiting is necessary and beneficial, but I already found enough new blogging buddies to spend my time with 🙂 Look forward to furthering our contact.

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