“Procrastinate now…Don’t put it off.”
Objectively speaking, I don’t have many flaws. However, if I had to fix one thing it would be my tendency to procrastinate. If I have a deadline to do something, I usually wait until the last minute. I almost always get whatever it is done, but then feel guilty about waiting so long to do it. There’s something about putting things off until the last minute that gets me going. I don’t know why. For the past five years or so, I think I’ve made a New Year’s resolution to quit procrastinating. I’ve gotten better, but I’m not there yet.
Take this blog, for instance. I started Gnu Glasses as a way to force myself to write more often. I’ve started blogs in the past only to write two or three posts and quit. As of yesterday I’ve logged ten posts in about two months. Technically, that makes this my most successful one yet. It’s not that I don’t have ideas to write about or the time to write. For some reason every time I sit down at my laptop to write, I get the urge to do laundry. Or vacuum. Or make a sand castle. So I’ve made a decision. In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to create a challenge of my own.
For those who’ve never heard of it, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is where people are encouraged to write a 50,000 word work of fiction in November. I was going to do it last year, but I put it off. Surprising. I’m not much of a fiction writer, so I’ve decided to make November National Blog Writing Month (NaBloWriMo?)
Here’s the plan. Last time I checked, there were 30 days in November. My goal is to log 30 blog posts before the end of the month. Since there is a major holiday coming up and because I have a life, I’m probably going to need to pump out a few double blog days. Can I do it? We’ll see.