Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Frustration vs procrastination

I'm quite contrary. When I'm given seemingly perfect circumstances in which to do something, I am prone to dither and watch TV (especially now I've discovered TV Links and can watch TV on my laptop without annoying adverts). Then, when I'm in a meeting, on a train, talking on the phone, or doing something which really deserves my full attention I have an overwhelming urge to do what I should have been doing when I got the chance. This weekend was a perfect example. S was working a lot of the time, there wasn't anything urgent I needed to do so I planned to settle down with my laptop and do some serious work on my blog and write reams and reams. Hmm. After linking all the Novel Racer blogs I felt rather blogged out - there are many, many people! So I deserved a break for an episode of Bones. Then my flat got far too hot to do any thinking so I watched House. This carried on pretty much all weekend...

I did manage some research for a little while, typed up some notes I'd made on the train last week, and updated a couple of scenes, but it was hardly the workathon I had hoped for. On the train home from work last night, I had lots of ideas and was happily jotting them down to type up and flesh out when I got in. Then I realised I wouldn't have any time to do that because last night was Knitting Circle (my first time, so glad I went, lots of fun and an excuse to finish the scarf that's been sitting reproachfully in my understairs cupboard for at least 18 months...). S is working this evening, so really I'm going to be in the ideal situation to get done all the work I really wanted to do last night but couldn't, though I get the feeling that when I arrive home I'll be feeling strangely like, ooh, maybe some House, then Bones, then whatever random stuff I manage to find which is exactly the opposite of what I should be doing. Argh.

8 comments:

ChrisH said...

Oh that rings a bell! I'm supposed to be writing at the moment but what am I doing?? Right, that's it! Inspired by your blog I'm going to drag myself off to do some work on Novel 2. Will let you know word count on Friday at the coffee break!

liz fenwick said...

Here I am visiting blogs when I should be writing! Welcome to the novel racers!

The Moon Topples said...

Hmmm. I have some of the same difficulties. Right now I'm blogging and watching television instead of working on my novel. I try to remind myself that free, steaming video will still be there after I've met my word quota for the day, or at least tried to break off a chunk of novel.

Sometimes this even works.

JJ said...

Hi Ellie
Welcome to the novel racers. I'm so with you on the stationery fetish: my question is do you use all the books you buy or do you just possess them, caress them and love them?
JJx

Lazy Perfectionista said...
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Lazy Perfectionista said...

I must admit that while I fully intend to use all notebooks and paper I buy, there are some that are so pretty that I can't quite imagine ever sullying their pristine sheets with scribblings that I might change my mind about... I remember buying one book and thinking 'Now I just need to learn calligraphy.'

Kate.Kingsley said...

You could be telling my story there! All of my best ideas come to me when I'm otherwise engaged, and then when I have time on my hands I flop around watching cack TV!
We are all procrastinators at heart, I think!
Kate K

PS: ditto on the stationery too ~ came back from honeymoon with 9 new notebooks. Husband had to restrain me from buying more! However they're all fairly workaday, as i have far too many gorgeous notebooks that I daren't use (i.e. a handmade, silk-covered one from Rome that cost £17!!! Imagine crossing something out in that!)

JJ said...

I have a tendency to start something in them, and it fizzles out and I don't feel I can start something different! My favourites are ones I bought in China last summer, which weren't as cheap as they should've been, but are beautiful. They open in concertina shapes rather than in individual pages. Yum.
JJx

 
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