I have a confession to make, one that I wish I never would have had to tell you:
I am a procrastinator.
It’s okay, I will wait for the shock to die down before I continue.
Are you okay now? Good; I am glad to hear that.
It all began a long, long time ago
When I was in elementary school, I was known to wait until the last moment to finish projects. If I had summer reading to do before the new year began, I wouldn’t even pick up the book until August, giving myself a month to finish a book. Essays? I whipped those out the night before, most times with ease. Luckily enough, my grades did not truly suffer all that terribly from this. Could I have done better? Yeah, most definitely. But I still passed, even if it was by the skin of my teeth with some subjects.
Although I have improved, I am still struggling
Maybe you haven’t noticed this, but for the past few weeks, I have not posted anything new. There have been no new blog posts since I ranted about social media. It was as though, after that, all my inspiration poured from my body, running down the drain and out of sight. To make it worse, I found that I wanted to change the way I blogged. An online blogger who writes about blogging advised that I include images into my blogs, saying that if people were to share my blogs, the posts could appear on Pinterest so long as there were images. So, I have been writing, every day, collecting blog posts to share with you all. And I have been doing my best to take images that would fit for my blogs. At the very least, I would like to have one image per post. With that in mind, I still have a lot of work to do.
Still, I have one major problem…I need to do one more thing before I can share my newest creations.
Stop waiting for the perfect moment
All my procrastination – at least with my website – has delved around me waiting for the “perfect moment.” Unless I force myself to do some work, I won’t do it. I would instead wait for everything to line up just perfectly. The amount of inspiration and motivation would have to be just right; the weather outside would have to be sunny and warm, so I could get out of bed without much struggle; the college campus would have to be vacated enough for me to feel at peace. Every single aspect would have to just right before I even considered making something new. And even if everything was looking good, I would find one or two more excuses to prevent myself from doing something.
My solution to this forever growing issue is simply to force myself, to push myself, to do something. That “perfect moment” only exists in our dreams. It will never become a reality. Instead of waiting for it, just get out there and create it.