I have been doing some work on a few different things – a paper for an upcoming conference, an application for a course and I have learnt something new about myself again in the process.
I often find it difficult to get started on a writing project, regardless of whether it is a journal article, paper for a conference, etc. Once I get started, I’m usually OK, its the starting that’s the issue.
So anyway, I have just had annual leave, with one week at home mostly by myself and two weeks with the kids during school holidays. So I had all this extra time at home in which to get started on these latest two writing projects and I didn’t get much done.
Why not? Here’s my revelation. I get distracted, by the possibility of being distracted.
My kids are both in primary school and are well able to keep themselves amused, even for an hour or more at a time (especially with the promise of a treat or outing to motivate them). Yet despite that, I couldn’t get any work done, because it was in my mind that they would keep coming in and disrupting my flow. So because of that, the flow never started.
I have managed to get this blog post done in minimal time, even though I am expecting a visitor any moment, so I know its possible. The writing tasks I have on my plate at the moment have deadlines which are fast approaching, but I know they will get done too. But generally being an organised person, I really, really, really hate leaving things to the last minute. So I really am contradicting myself with my own actions – hate to procrastinate, yet here I am doing it.
I never realised my mind could be so quirky, but I’m sure I’m not the only one with little idiosyncracies like this. Please reassure me that I’m not the only one, by telling me about your quirks and help me out by telling me how you work around them.