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Wednesday, clobber the cobwebs and other things

September 29, 2010 by  


I finished a deadline last night that was hanging over my head. I was practically-but-n0t-actually late but it’s done and over and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I know I’ve written about this before, but I am a really bad procrastinator when it comes to writing deadlines. I like writing, so when I’m “told” I have to write about this or that by a certain time, all creativity seems to fly out the window and I push it to the absolute last minute.

This is kind of problematic when you’re trying to make a living as a writer. The year I did the crockpot challenge, I also was in charge of the local parenting magazine’s event calendar. The job was pitched as 10-15 hours a week, and my deadline would be the 6th of each month for the following month. I was supposed to process the press releases as they came in and write the blurbs on the corresponding calendar date. Easy.

I only did it this way once. After January was complete, and the editor wrote back that she was thrilled with the work, I began to push the envelope. I’d start working a week before my deadline. Then three days before. When December was due, I did it all in one sitting and pulled an all-nighter. It kind of felt exhilarating, like I was back in college BSing my way through Shakespeare class.

I’m learning that I can’t do this anymore because it isn’t fair to the family to be glued to the computer for an entire day (or more), grumbling about “being on a deadline.” The baby HATES the laptop with a firey passion, and whines as soon as I pull it out of it’s hiding place in the armoire.

or maybe I just need to be more creative. I don’t see me tackling work as soon as it’s assigned–it’s just not me.



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2 Responses to “Wednesday, clobber the cobwebs and other things”

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy on September 29th, 2010 5:13 am

    That is so funny! It sounds JUST like me! I hate to be on a deadline, I will wait until the very last minute. The ultimate procrastinator! :-)

  2. Mrs. Wright on September 29th, 2010 1:52 pm

    I’m also a die hard procrastinator! Which is why I’m NOT going to clobber my cobwebs and I’m going to call them “ahead of schedule Halloween decorating”. It’s all in how you spin it, lol!!

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