Why Did I Procrastinate Writing?

I procrastinated for months.  Why?  I was going to have to power on a computer, opening some kind of word processing software, write stuff, save the file somewhere, edit it, post it, add links, edit it again, then start on the next topic. And don’t get me started on images!

I bet the word processor on my MacBook won’t be compatible with the word processors on my other devices.  What will I do then?


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Mostly I was afraid I’d sit down and not have anything to write.

Well, today I sat down, powered up the old MacBook and started.  I started expanding on an idea I had 31 months ago.  Does that give you an idea of how long I’ve been procrastinating?   I turned that into two posts, which gave me ideas for two more posts that I started.  Plus I started this one.

Turns out the thing I was afraid of didn’t happen.  Maybe it will happen next time.

Maybe that thing I’m afraid of will happen next time. That’s kinda exciting now that I think about it.

I will still have to edit, save, post, etc.

I Wrote Though

Mission: accomplished.

That’s what you have to do to do what you want to do, you have to start doing what you want to do.

I love sentences like that!

Starting is scary.  Even the simplest of tasks intimidates us.  Maybe it’s not the tasks themselves that intimidate us, but the commitment or the outcome.  Either way, starting scares us.

Publishing and shipping frighten the hell out of us.  What will people think?  What if my friends know what I’m doing?

Finished and publish feel great though.  Procrastination adds weight.  Doing lightens the load.

We’ll talk more in another post about how to just start.

What are you procrastinating starting?  And why don’t you start it now?

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