My Thoughts on Procrastination

This is something I’ve wanted to comment on for a while, but I haven’t been able to get my thoughts in order. Have you ever gone onto Twitter, Reddit, or some other broad writer space on the internet and seen all the joking about procrastinating instead of writing?

It’s all in good fun, I’m sure…But I started to notice so many of these posts made with a certain smugness that made me wonder what’s the real cause, and whether these jokes are really good for the writing community. It’s a complex conversation, but my most concise answer is: it’s harmless fun for some people, but for some, it sets a bad precedent.

I was one of those people. The widespread nature of these jokes made it feel okay to procrastinate, and it gave me excuses. I had to take a step back and have a real conversation with myself about it.

I decided to write an essay on my thoughts, which can be found here. 

Please check it out and let me know what you think. Do these jokes help you vent? Make you laugh? Or are you like me, and they start to drag you down?

There’s no right answer, I just want to know. Tell me what you think!

3 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Procrastination

  1. Just read your essay on the procastinating echo chamber. Visual artists have similar memes: and yeah, they can be fun. But depending on the day, I don’t like how they represent my profession.

    From a design perspective, using humor–or the guise thereof–it provides mixed messages both within/beyond the creative community. The interpretation of art is subjective. Whether humorous or supplanting an excuse to ”not” within the profession, what do these memes say to those outside our profession?

    ”I should be, but I’m not.”
    ”I could, but I won’t,”

    Public opinon + creative community = lazy/entitled hacks, ”sell-outs”, OR the driving force behind social change. So if there’s a grain of truth in every joke, the aforementioned kinda’ makes us sound untrustworthy.

    And with that: ”I should eat dinner and takes my meds, but Imma’ go shower first.”

  2. I have to say, for a while, I thought I was the only one who felt this way. Before I signed up for Twitter, I couldn’t stop the words from flowing, and the only thing that was holding up my WIP was creative-insomnia (which made it nearly impossible to think, let alone write some days). Then came Twitter, and now I can’t seem to get myself back into the swing of things without some voice in my head going “when the going gets tough, go to Twitter and laugh about it with everyone.” I’ve found it very unproductive, and if it weren’t a necessary evil to get the word out, I would delete my account. I’m go glad you wrote this; it helps to know I’m not alone!

    1. I’m glad you feel that way, because it honestly drives me crazy. I can go to Twitter at any time and find one of these posts within 5 minutes, and I just don’t think the joke is funny anymore.

      I’m glad to find someone else who shares my frustration in this. Thanks for commenting!

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