Procrastination Problems

This, I believe, is my greatest trouble with anything – procrastination. And currently, it doesn’t help that I work 3 jobs (with a 4th job that I’m going to start giving time to as well) – so any bit of procrastination ends up eating up the one or two hours I had to give to chores, tasks, or art. This is why I haven’t updated in a while, and my art has stuttered a lot and slowed.

My particular brand of stalling tends to be sleep. Or laying in bed. In particular, this is difficult when it’s early in the morning – I find it hard to force myself out of bed, preferring to roll over for a few more minutes or checking updates on my phone. Lately, I have had some time to get on my computer – and I end up on Stardew Valley, which is incredibly addictive and makes me feel like I’m accomplishing so much when I am only furthering my save file. Not a bad thing at all, but it’s irritating when I realize how much meat-space stuff I also need to do.

In the past, I’ve tried a few different things – rewards, punishments, pep talks, criticising… It doesn’t really work, I find. Not for long, at least. In recent times, I have been able to get myself going by focusing on the pleasure of doing the item – the reward of seeing a chore finished, or experiencing the word of art. This is helped along by my general good mood – when I’m in a depressed state, I couldn’t give a shit less what happens, so long as I don’t have to move (which is why I tend to throw myself at projects when I do have the energy).

It is admittedly an ongoing problem. I have in no way even slightly fixed the issue – but it’s something I pick up and examine when considering my behaviours and what I’m doing, or when I’m frustrated. It’s my greatest hurdle, even more so than my full schedule and depression – at least depression lessens every so often!

Well, I am hoping to go on and finish a few more blog posts for the day, so at least I have it done. Thank you if you stayed til the end of this ramble, and look forward to my next post – where I explain my paper clay recipe!

How does one write tho

 

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Hello y’all! For those following, I apologise for missing Monday’s post and putting this one up super late. With the travelling, I fell behind – and then spent free time once I got home sleeping, because sleep is fantastic. Hopefully this is not a trend!

Today, I want to address my posts. Re-reading them, especially those written while travelling, I noticed they uh – kinda suck. They’re rambling, unorganized. No real point, just kind of exists. They lacked real substance – some thoughts, but no end. This is fine; to be honest, this is how my brain works and it can take time and a bit of work to get it to be understandable and easy to access for others. I do want to improve this though – after all, why would anyone read anything that is not good, or fun, or informative? So I have decided to focus myself on creating better posts.

My major issue was lack of outline. In essays, you’re told to write outlines all the time – you have your main point, a number of supporting points, and a conclusion. Each point gets its own paragraph generally, and you expand on it with some notes. I take something similar, but with less format (I will show you my outline for this post at the bottom of the post, and that starts to get meta as fuck).

I also noticed that the writing input affected my writing style. Currently, I write this on my desktop. I have a full keyboard, I can switch between this window and others without much difficulty (and this is necessary because I like to look at other things between thoughts). Several of the posts before this was written on my phone, using a Bluetooth keyboard. I quite enjoy this process – it can be done anywhere, and I so enjoy being curled up on a couch. However, every time my group chat dinged, I’d have to click away and then it took a few moments to come back. It also was a pain in the ass editing – I would try to tap where I want to go and was always off by a bit, and then it’d pop up the touch-screen keyboard. It results in a handful of curses, to say the least.

Hopefully between these two things and a list of prompts at my hands, I’ll be able to create better content. We shall see. So far, I think the results speak for itself, don’t you?

Outline

Greetings (apologies for missed & late post)

Lacking posts – no org, very rambling, not quality.

Solution – return to essay writing roots at least in part; use outlines and points. Spend more time on it. Writing with mobile phone is alright, but should be only if travelling – and with a written draft 1st.

Result – Well, this post.