#MFRWAuthor Blog Challenge: Week 35, My Bad Habits
Yep, bad habits, my least favorite topic, because I have a few of them, mostly related to procrastination. Oddly enough, when I started this post on Tuesday afternoon, the linky list to sign up for the weekly blog hop wasn’t working, so I even had to procrastinate on that! LOL, I can’t think of a more perfect metaphor, but Mercury is retrograde.
There’s a theory that procrastination is caused by either fear of failure or fear of success, and that may be true in some cases. In my case, I know that indecision plays a big factor.
I’m an Aries, which means I get excited about starting new projects, but am not so excited about finishing old ones. I can’t tell you how many unfinished manuscripts litter my hard drive. I don’t want to know how many how many unfinished manuscripts litter my hard drive. Not to mention unfinished needlework projects and genealogical charts from before I started writing. And I won’t even mention the boxes full of old stuff in the storage area.
Which brings me to hoarding, I mean collecting, another bad habit. No, on second thought, let’s put that discussion off for another day.
Before you decide I need professional help and/or an intervention, I’d like to point out that it’s Week 35 of this blog challenge and I’m still hanging in here. And let’s face it. There are worse habits than procrastination, like drugs and alcohol. Though there is that little chocolate addiction… That I have no trouble finishing! But hey, dark chocolate is good for us. Right?
Now I will take a procrastination break to hunt up pithy quotes on procrastination, avoiding quotes of the “just do it” variety, as if bad habits were easy to break. (Rolling eyes here.)
surfing… surfing… surfing…
I’m back. I found some good ones at http://www.evolutionarypathways.com/quotes-about-procrastination.html.
“One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.” ~Unknown
“One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” ~Vincent T. Foss
“If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” ~Unknown
“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.” ~Joan Konner
And one of my all-time favorites…
“I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ~Anonymous
Should I have taken this topic more seriously? Maybe, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. Have a good weekend!
As always click on the linky list below for more author bad habits.
I was forced to procrastinate putting up my blog post, too! We can’t be held accountable for that, can we? Love the quotes 🙂
No, we most definitely can’t be blamed for that, Sherry. 🙂
I love the quotes, Linda. Procrastination isn’t one of my bad habits, but it does play into many things in my life like planning on eating better and exercising more. But like you said, there are worse things… Enjoy your weekend. The Linky must have been fixed by time I got to it. (today)
Yes, the linky list was fixed late Wed., I believe. And you’re right that there are more ways to procrastinate, like not starting that diet or exercise class. I’m trying to make myself ride the stationery bike more often. When the weather cools off, I’ll start walking again. I hope.
Good luck, Linda. I have my bike on a “Trainer” in my living room, and I look at it every day. Key word is Look. LOL.
LOL, I look at my bike every day, too, but some days that’s all I do.
Just imagine all the joy you’re withholding from the world by not finishing those novels.
That’s a lovely way to look at it, Ed. Thanks.
Mercury in retrograde explains a lot, lol. That’s going to be my excuse from now on! I can totally identify with indecision being a factor in procrastination. Right now, I’m reading blog posts to avoid finishing my WIP because I know where I want it to go, but I haven’t figured out how to get there yet.
LOL, Mercury retrograde only comes three to four times a year, so it’s not an all-purpose excuse.
Sometimes procrastination is just waiting for the subconscious to figure things out. Some muses process faster than others.
I’ll be glad when Mercury moves out of retrograde! If any of those manuscripts under your bed are historical, I hope to read them some day! Great post, Linda!
Yep, some of them are historical, though not all.
Love the quotes.
Starting new projects is fun. It’s like when you’re first dating a person, all the excitement and newness. You just want to be with that person all the time. 🙂 I have a few unfinished sitting on my drive and they keep growing.
That’s a good analogy, Meka. A new project is like a new relationship in a way. Gives me a new perspective.
Love the quotes! Great post 🙂
Thanks, Maureen. Loved your post, too.