I Challenge YOU to write about…
What are you putting off?
What are you putting off? What are you supposed to be doing that you really don’t want to do?
For me, there are always things on my to do list that I don’t want to do, calls I should make, pieces I should write, people I should send cards to.
Right now, there are lots of things I should be writing about. There are ideas all over my One Note notebooks. But, they aren’t coming to fruition. They will some day. But until then, I am doing my best to ignore them. I have other publication’s prompts sitting open in tags (or started in One Note), but which I never quite get to finishing.
I have a couple of business calls to make. I hate cold calling companies about things. With my voice issues, these calls take forever. They stress me out, because I am always certain the person on the other end can’t hear me or can’t understand what I am saying. (Right now, I shouldn’t be stressing about this — I am having a fairly decent time with my voice.)
I have projects that have sat half done for months. Projects I promised myself I would finish in the first quarter of the year that sit incomplete. Things that need to get mailed, but need some small thing finished before I send them. Gifts I put together for someone, but never finished — or worse, finished but never got to the mail box.
Some of my procrastination comes from the limits of my health. I truly can only do so much in any given day. But, even with those limits, I always feel I should be doing more of the little things than I am.
One of the ways I procrastinate? By setting a calendar item to work on something at a given day or time, then moving that calendar item forward in time over and over again. Web tabs with ideas or things I want to do sit open for months.
Procrastination isn’t always bad. Sometimes, putting something off to another day lets you see a new way to attack the problem. Sometimes, it ends up showing me that the thing really didn’t need to be done at all. But the very act of putting it off — that is a constant in my life.
We want to know: What are you putting off? Are you avoiding something that you shouldn’t be avoiding? Are you a chronic procrastinator (like Kathy) or someone who has never understood why people do? Show us with your words or with your images. Send us your essays, your poems, your images. Share your thoughts on procrastination with us. The prompt for Thursday, March 5th 2020 is “procrastinate”.
Please be sure to give your piece the tag “Procrastination”. The other four tags can be anything you wish. If you are looking for our submission guidelines, you can find them here: