First, A little back story.
I thought of the title for this blog post out of the blue one day. So I quickly opened my WordPress app and typed it in. I hit save, under the Drafts tab. Making absolutely sure that I didn’t accidentally hit the publish button. That is the worst! Publishing something before it’s ready, aaarrgh. It’s awful! Anyway, as I was double checking that I didn’t post it instead of saving it. I got the idea for the super cute graphic. I immediately clicked on my Word Swag app and created the image you see above. And I LOVE it. In fact, I love it so much, that I’ve started laying the ground work for this to be a series. And I am super excited!
As I started typing and formatting this post I found myself back spacing and rearranging sentences a lot. I just couldn’t get the concept to flow the way I wanted it to. And then I realized why…. I am a procrastinator. Procrasntintor’s aren’t usually the ones who write about getting things done. We also aren’t the type of people to be made an example of when referencing expeditious task completion. Something weird to note, that this is only in my personal life. Like getting an oil change, or canceling a subscription. Which reminds me, I never canceled my husbands Dollar Shave Club subscription. Shit.
Professionally speaking, I couldn’t be more opposite. I’m known to watch my inbox like a hawk. Always at the ready for the next task. For me, there is nothing better than being asked to do something, completing it and sending back a “Done!” email. My work inbox is pristine. As I left yesterday for a week’s vacation, I didn’t even have to scroll. All emails were visible on one page. That feeling, for me, is pure contentment.
So, how do I get this, and the subsequent series posts I’m planning, to translate from personal procrastinator to every day efficient? There only seems to be one solution. I am going to try to fix something, that for the last 33 years of my life, has been one of the most predominant personality traits I have. I’m going to become “The Blogger Formally Known As A Procrastinator.” You guys, my husband is going to be so effing excited when he reads this.
We’re now at the point where you may be asking yourself “why would I take advice from a woman who admittedly, can barely make a list of “to-do’s” to do the to-do’s.?” And I think that is a very fair question. My answer is this: This post is meant for the people like me. The people to enjoy getting things done, but in their own, type B personality, kind of way. The type of people who may appear disorganized, and lackadaisical to some. But in all actuality do, for the most part, have their shit together.
The To-Do: Writing a Blog Post
This blog has been an eye-opening experience. If you have been with me since the beginning you may recall my post Surviving Succulents. In it, I wrote about starting projects and not finishing them. And how this project, this blog, was going to be different. And while I’ve only been at this for about 9 months, it is the longest I’ve ever stuck with something like this. And I still love it like I did at the beginning. I think that is one of the most important things for a procrastinator. And my first blogging To-Do. Blog about something you love. Or something that challenges you, whether it be a specific topic or niche. Maybe even daring to try a different style. Like poetry, short stories or nonfiction. In my very limited experience, I’ve found that writing about something you love, or something that you have an interest in, comes a lot easier and therefore quicker than something you don’t.
That brings me to my next To-Do, well this is more of a to-don’t. Don’t force it. Readers will be able to tell. One of the followers of my blog recently commented that “It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.” And he is exactly right. Just because you haven’t published a post in a while doesn’t mean that you’re failing or even that you’re procrastinating. Maybe you haven’t found the spark. I’ve talked about the spark before. It’s what I consider to be the moment you get an idea that you’re excited about. When everything just comes rushing to you and you’re inspired. That spark can come at any time and even multiple times within a single post. For example, I started this post on May 29th. Almost 2 months ago. And here I am just finishing it up. I don’t know what it was about the last couple of days, but a majority of this post has only just been written in that time. And that’s ok. I didn’t want to write it to just to say that I posted something. I wanted to write it to be good. To be helpful. Honestly, I don’t know if it will be either of those things, but fingers crossed.
And the last To-Do is to try to set aside time each day to work on your blog. It doesn’t have to be hours, or at a set time every day. Even if all you have is 15 minutes. Go to your blog, under your drafts, and read what you’ve already written. Add a sentence or two. Rewrite a paragraph. Touch up the graphic. Do research on a topic you’re working on. Whatever it may be, just DO something within your blog. I guarantee the more you do that, the more quality content you’ll produce.
So that’s that. My very first edition of “Turning To-Do’s into Ta-Da’s.” Now, I am no expert on matters of blogging or most things really. And while these tips are more common knowledge tidbits than insider secrets. I hope they offer insight. I hope this comes off as more of a pep talk than anything. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t worry about what others with think (this is still my biggest hurdle). Because, from what I can tell, the bloggers who have the most followers aren’t necessarily the people who produce the most content. And I think, by just doing these very basic things, you will greatly increase the chances of creating an amazing (Ta-Da!!!) blog post.
“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
2 thoughts on “A Procrastinator’s Guide To Tackling The To-Do List: Blogging Edition”
It’s funny considering all the different approaches people take when blogging. My inspiration may start as a simple idea, then blossom into something totally different. A song or a picture I take can bring forth many emotions and the words just flow. I have no set way of writing, just a set way of letting inspiration take hold. It seems to work for me.
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That is very interesting. Do you find that you can create your own inspiration or does it just come organically? One of my favorite E. B. White quotes is “always be on the lookout for the presense of wonder”