Leaving Procrastination Behind for Five Weeks

It’s funny how a month can go by, just like that – and before you know it, the new month is literally just a handful of days away.

So, much like I realized yesterday that NaNoWriMo is nearly here, this morning I sat down and entered in all my latest work deadlines. October has been a very slow work month for me, which was a little bit unusual because between now and February is normally my “busy season”.

So last week I sent out an email to a wonderful client of mine, and she let all her colleagues know that I had time available.

And now my November is crazy busy. And yes, it’s also the month I’m going to write a 50K novel.

But I figure, no worries. My main problem has always been procrastination. So, surely, the answer to the dilemma is, quite simply, forego the pleasures of procrastinating between now and November 30.

(Because, no doubt about it, procrastination is pleasurable. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t indulge in it so much. Right?)

Plus a boatload of deep breathing and relaxation exercises might come in handy.

I’m also trying not to think about Christmas, my favorite time of the year. December’s looking nice and slow right now, so I expect to have time to do all the holiday things I love in December. It’s okay that I can’t get a start on things in November. Really. It’s okay …

What about you? How’s your November shaping up? And, for those of you who celebrate Christmas, when do you get a start on all your holiday shopping?

22 thoughts on “Leaving Procrastination Behind for Five Weeks

  1. Meg

    I’m right there with you — desperately trying not to procrastinate in the coming weeks and get everything in order before NaNo starts! I’m so excited to start the new novel but really worried, too… I’m taking a trip in the beginning of the month, so five days will be knocked out right there! We can do it, though — and yay for getting more work! :)
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Book review: ‘The Teashop Girls’ by Laura Schaefer =-.

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  2. Kathy

    November will be busy but fun for me. We’ll be heading to Alabama to celebrate my dad’s 90th birthday early in the month and then our son will be home for a week to celebrate Thanksgiving toward the end of the month!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

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  3. Andi

    My Christmas shopping generally starts RIGHT NOW. I’m actually usually further ahead than this, but it’s been a weird, overstuffed year. Good luck with the not procrastinating in November. I’m horrible about it myself, so I feel your pain!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..Read-a-Thon Wrap Up! =-.

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  4. Natalie

    Aside from Thanksgiving (which will be 5 days of insanity) November is looking good for me. So pretty much I need to have my NaNo novel done by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Ugh.

    Good luck! I have read that having more things going on makes people more productive so maybe your busy month will actually be a positive thing!
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Things I Learned From My Kids: How To Wait =-.

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  5. molly

    I am by nature a huge procrastinator — so I work extra hard to NOT give in to that temptation. I try to do all the work that I do not enjoy first — to get it over with :) (for now that includes grading papers and housework. So far I am fairly caught up on grading — 50% success rate isn’t too bad).

    I LOVE the holidays but am usually too stressed to really enjoy them. I have vowed that I am not going to do that this year. I have started shopping already, although household finances will not allow me to buy all that I would like for others. I am one of those who enjoys the black Friday early bird sales though – and plan to do the bulk of my shopping at that time. Buying the gifts is not the problem for me — it is getting them wrapped prior to Christmas Eve that I struggle with.

    I am looking forward to following your progress with NaNoWriMo this year.
    .-= molly´s last blog ..Review: Confections of a Master Baker =-.

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  6. Margot

    I love to procrastinate – within reason. I’ve always played games with myself so I set up deadlines early and then I get the pleasure of procrastinating while things still get done on time. Does that make sense? If so, then you are a truly successful procrastinator.

    I always start planning the holidays early and then do a little bit each week. For us it is November, December and January. We have a lot of birthdays in November and January and then the gift giving in December. Lots of things going on. Super organized is the only way to do it all.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..Book Review: The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook =-.

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  7. Barbara

    I’m a world champion procrastinator (which my husband always calls “procastinator” when he nags me about it) and at this point I’m resigned to it. I’m always better at accomplishing things when I’m busy and forced to make and actually keep a schedule. Since I retired, this has been a real problem because I fill my time but don’t ever seem to get things done. MUST improve because we’re remodeling a bathroom and I haven’t finished my book.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..This and That, Rants and Raves =-.

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  8. Cathryn

    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, so that gives me some breathing room! In November I will finish the final re-write of my novel – ready to polish and starting now to compile my agent list.

    I shop for Christmas with lots of pre-planning, then take a mid-week day off work around the 20th or so, and start as soon as the stores open with a mad dash that I’ve mapped out to plan for areas likely to be more crowded later, etc. Sounds very mechanical, but it’s actually fun.
    .-= Cathryn´s last blog ..Mystery Writers of America =-.

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  9. softdrink

    Good luck!!

    My family is pretty small, so the holidays are low key. Which is nice. I only have a few gifts to buy, and our mom’s both do the holiday dinners, so easy-peasie. 😀

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  10. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    I procrastinated on stuff for most of October, so now November is going to be crazy busy with papers and projects and presentations and just trying to get everything together. The cold weather just makes me want to snuggle up and read books on my couch with a mug of tea, not to my work.

    Good luck!
    .-= Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)´s last blog ..Review: French Milk =-.

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  11. Cat Woods

    Procrastination is my middle name. I have been putting off my newsletter that must be finished before the November rush–and I have a day long meeting on Friday, a half day meeting on Saturday and Halloween in the eve.

    Yeah, I wait far too long to ge things done. Which is what makes me slightly worried about NaNo. November looks slow for work. If I have nothing else to do, I’ll likely sit and wait…
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..Research: a Day of Play and Chance Encounters =-.

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  13. Cathryn

    Hi Belle,

    On a whim, I just signed up for NaNoWriMo. I’d like to connect as writing buddies. My user name is CathrynGrant. Wish me luck, I’m out of my mind because I’m doing the final edit for my WIP this month. But it’s a light edit after so many re-writes, and I think I can do it. !!
    .-= Cathryn´s last blog ..Expanded Definitions =-.

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