Priorities verses Procrastination

Priorities verses procrastination.

Priorities: to pick or choose what is most important to me, then make time for it, whatever else. There is often not enough time for it all.

Procrastination: there are often too many things and projects that are left undone, or put off for another time, or day. Then I have to go back to determine what is most important with the time I use for that which I have put off.

Does anyone else have a problem with this? Setting priorities, then keeping to a routine that works to balance all those important to your life? There are days when I waste time I should have utilized better; when every moment and hour counts, but I don’t count them all important enough to do what I put off.

Then, there are times when I want to crowd more projects or things into a day, when the 24 hours to a day does not seem adequate enough. We are the stewards of our time. Trying to be a good steward of my time means setting priorities, aside from those that are essential (like allowing an adequate number of hours of rest and exercise to maintain good health). The remainder of my day is adjusting that which is left to things that are important to my fulfillment, as a person and as a writer. Balancing all means no more procrastinating of those priorities.

But, time can be too structured, leaving little for the flexible. Allowing for the flexible means adjusting time allotments where I don’t have to feel guilty when I fail to meet my own expectations. Those include times when emergencies or other unscheduled things come up that take priority over everything else. Especially, when it involves my family. For those things there is no adjusting to a secondary agenda. For my girls and my grandchildren, I make those moments count.

That leaves my writing: a personal priority I deem most important, allowing that time for projects, yet unfinished, works in progress, and those I have only ideas for, but not started. Fiction heads the list in this priority category, and my longer stories of novel/book length heads the ‘fiction’ category. What follows after that are the shorter fiction or flash fiction pieces, 100 word stories that I am using to turn into longer pieces of fiction. That includes stories, ideas, plots to map out, and characters to create. That is fun, but is a lot of work, so needs a lot of time. Again, the organizing of projects, fitting in time sequences to allow for work on each, and finishing each to its final, edited draft with no more procrastination on any.


Joyce E. Johnson


Posted January 28, 2013 by Joyce in Writing

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