Hi, my name is Renee, and I am a procrastinator.
As I was driving to a reporting assignment today, this scheduled blog post came to mind. It’s been on my list of things to do for a week, but I was mulling around a few different topics and it took me awhile to find the right one to work on.
Okay, who am I kidding? I wasn’t “mulling over” anything. I procrastinated, plain and simple. I can’t say for sure if I procrastinate a lot in my personal life as well as my professional. I usually get money turned in on time for my children’s school collections and purchase gifts before special events. I have a calendar I put all my appointments on and don’t find myself running late to meetings and other scheduled events very often.
I just know that while I typically don’t miss deadlines, I do usually turn in assignments either the day before or the day of. And while I get interviews done well in advance, I always feel the need to let information simmer awhile before I tackle a rough outline of an article, especially if the story requires a difficult subject matter.
I am the type of writer who needs accountability and deadlines in order to be productive. This does not bode well when you are the editor of a bi-monthly parenting magazine, as I am. I assign stories to writers and regular contributors and try to pad deadlines where I can so that even if an article comes in late, it doesn’t affect our production schedule. But what do you do when you’re the editor of such a magazine and you are also responsible for writing some of its content? You stress. You put off researching the calendar events. You lose a little sleep. You watch old episodes of the television show “Wings” when you know you should be writing back-to-school content. As every production cycle begins, my husband watches me pace back and forth in front of my computer, muttering to myself. He brews extra coffee and sits back, always offering me a speck of hope by saying, “You don’t need to worry about this. You’ll get it done. You always do.”
It seems appropriate that our latest issue features an article called How to Manage the Evil Three: Rejection, Depression and Procrastination. I sometimes wonder if procrastination and creativity go hand in hand, or if I just simply put things off to create more drama in my life. I’m not the only procrastinator around here, am I?
Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and editor who blogs at Renee’s Pages.