Does Hubpages Become Your Procrastination Tool? How Do you Remedy That??
I keep getting on my computer to work on my story, write a blog, generally journal - and some how I find myself on Hubpages for two hours and before I know it, it's time for work!
I feel ya! I struggle with this sort of unintended procrastination all the time
For me, I find that it's helpful to write down exactly *what* I'm getting on the computer for in a particular session, because for me it's when I don't have a clear idea of what I do (and don't) want to do that I end up getting sucked into "black holes" like you're describing.
Also, maybe set a timer or alarm and tell yourself that until the timer goes off you'll only do the things you set out to do.
If Hubpages is something you want to be able to do sometimes, set aside particular sessions on the computer with that activity in mind. Hope this helps at least a bit!
On the contrary ThomsonPen. I use Life, and all of its teeny peccadilloes as my Procrastination Tool. How can I possibly find the time to write a scintillating Hub when my front porch became so rotten that we had to have it torn down and a new one built in its place?
What kind of writing can I do when my partner and I babysit our two young granddaughters all summer?
How can I possibly.....you get the idea. Any excuse.
I do most of my serious writing on the train either going to work or coming back from work. Since I don't have a laptop I then have to transcribe my hand writing onto my computer. That done I am happy to play in the Hubpages sandpit for a while.
If hubpages was my procrastination tool, I would be rich. Unfortunately Facebook is the drug I am trying to break my addiction to.
After I became an active hubber last November, my facebooking time dropped way down, and hubtivity became my main excuse for spending time doing other than getting my hubs written. I have not solved that problem. There are many interesting hubs, and I like reading them and responding to them. It has helped to give myself a daily minimum number of hours to work on my unpublished hubs and another minimum time to revise published hubs before I can do hubtivity.
I make an exception for meals. I often do hubtivity during meal breaks (like now during a bedtime snack). Such breakfasts, lunches, and snacks tend to go on for a long time, which is not good news for my too fat tummy or for my productivity.
"If you want to spend tomorrow being glad you did it, you have to do it today."
That anonymous quote is in the procrastination chapter of WHAT'S YOUR SABOTAGE? by Cornyn-Selby. She says that procrastination is a message from a part of you that wants something. Procrastination is learned behavior. It gets results. Figure out what's wanted and provided that some way other than procrastination. The drama of a last minute rush? Get more action in your life. Rebellion against pressures to do what you don't want to do? Just say no and choose not to do it. Nothing short of perfection is good enough? A job not done is imperfect. Getting it done imperfectly is better than not doing it. Only do what feels good? Consider the consequences. Going out in the drizzle to close your car windows may not feel good but letting the coming downpour drench you car interior won't bring pleasant feelings either.
The book PLAYING BALL ON RUNNING WATER by Reynolds says the cure for procrastination is to live in the moment AND to do what your intuition says your task is in and at that moment.
So I just answered a hub question and did not get the dishes washed or the day's shopping put away or any emails answered. Accomplishment or procrastination?
Wow Ya! Yes it does ! Its so bad that I'm on this thing when I should be on my way to work !
hmmm, well if I can't think of anything good off the top of my head, I look for more answers to answer XD
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