May the Writer: One day.

May leaned forward to tap her head against the desk, rocking back up then down again and again.

Sarah ignored her, curled up around her book on the bed.

“One day,” May said into the desk. “One day, I’m gonna sit down at this desk and pure awesomeness is gonna spew from my fingertips onto the page and that!” She sat up, looking firmly into the distance. “That will be all.”

“Hmm?”

May ripped the paper out of her binder and crushed it, throwing it at the wall.

I WILL BEAT PROCRASTINATION!

About a year ago I created this blog. I wanted to get my procrastination under control and become more productive.

As you can see… yeah, it hasn’t happened. But I’m not giving up! I’m going to ram at this with all I’ve got by utilizing SEVERAL procrastination techniques at once.

1: 40 days 

Something I’ve heard many times is that it takes 40 days to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one! Starting today, 1/29/13, I’m going to establish TWO new habits.

-A: Sleeping and waking up early.

-B: Eating Healthy

I’m doing this every day for 40 days! This ends March 10, 2013.

2: Success Spirals from How to Beat Procrastination on Lesswrong

Click the link above; there’s an interesting article that goes into the science of it all. They’ve listed some tips there, and I’m using the Success Spirals one; basically, you choose a skill and work at it, breaking it up into goals so that each time you accomplish something, your expectancy increases and you’re more motivated to go ahead with what you’re doing.

I’m going to work on two things here – a completely new sport and weight loss.

3. Go the Forbes Way

I’m going to do all of these things for school:

Prioritize: I’m going to make a daily to do list, in order of importance.

Worst Jobs: I’ll do the ones I HATE to get them out of the way.

Messages: I’ll check my messages once an hour and reply twice a day to the less important ones.

On Task: I won’t jump from project to project.

4. START..

TAKE THAT FIRST STEP!

IF ONLY FOR 10 MINUTES!

That’s what I’m going to do for every activity I’ve got to do!

5. Plan/Set Goals

I’m making a plan for what to do when, and why. What I want to accomplish by when.

So guys! I’ll try and post an update on whether things are going well. If you’d like to join my, post your name below saying, I ,______, WILL BEAT PROCRASTINATION!!!! I will put you on the Pledge page~

And then subscribe to receive my blog posts, and check your own goals each time I update!

Procrastination and New Years

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ITS 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT IS THE YEAR 2013!!!!

Also: This post was purposefully posted late TO MAKE A POINT.

Before I wish you all anything, you need to know this; New Years Eve is a general term; yesterday was the last day of the 2012th year of the Gregorian calendar. Today is the first day of the next year of the Gregorian calendar. Now that we’ve got that straightened out – Happy First Day of the 2013th Year of the Gregorian Calendar!!!!

The point I’m trying to make is; not everyone celebrates New Year on this day. There are so many different calendars, it’s funny what a big deal this specific day is. I just think humans are so concerned with deadlines, we view this day as one! Except it’s not really one. No one thinks about LAST year’s New Year Resolutions today.

I mean, imagine this. People see the December approaching on their calendar, act all shocked, and dust off their gym subscriptions before putting them aside to “Wait for the new year.”

HEY! Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas are coming up, it’s pointless to exercise/diet/write a novel/get rich NOW; let’s just wait until January 1 when there’s no holidays and families and mind numbing vacations until the Easter Bunny decides to start pooping chocolate eggs.

Then again…. I mean, everyone knows winter’s the busiest time of the year…. Whoo! Valentine’s day! CHOCOLATE!

Are you seeing what I’m getting to here? PROCRASTINATION HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

And New Years Resolutions are just about as pointless as fat free ice cream. (It’s fat free. Have another.)

With that –

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Thankful and Sappy: Goodbye 2012

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I’m thankful for the beautiful things in life

I really think that this part of the year – the end – is when we should give thanks. It’s around this time that we look back and recall the crazy, hectic lifetime that’s passed us by, represented solely by a number.

Also, we congratulate each other. For making it to the New Year – or at least New Year’s Eve.

And that’s what I mean; there’s one thing to be thankful about. You’re still alive. You made it. This day doesn’t really mean much of anything – it’s just a turning of a page, a changing of a number, but you made it. It’s a breather.

You get to look ahead, and look behind, and breathe.

You get to be thankful.

I’m thankful the world didn’t end. I’m thankful for my family, thankful for making it through the ups and downs. I’m thankful for everything and yesterday and tomorrow and today.

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I’m thankful for kittens!

And I want to be thankful every day of my life. Not just Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.

Now here are some things I’d like to do in 2013;

WRITE (every single DAY)

READ (every single DAY)

Learn (every…single….day….yay…)

BLOG (five days a week?)

So goodnight y’all.

It’s not that big a deal really.

But here’s one thing.

I hope that, no matter what, right now you’re smiling.

Because, hey!

YOU MADE IT!

(Congratulations and a happy New Year)

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EMBRACE LIFE

Greetings; Back from Inertia

I suppose I’m back.

Hello. How are you all?

What is that you say? Where have I been gone? Oh, come on, enough about ME. Tell me what YOU have been up to.

Didn’t you hear me? Don’t ask me about NaNoWriMo! Don’t ask me about my 100,000 words! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, folks, I’m asking YOU what’s up with YOU!

…..

Okay, fine. I won, okay? I won NaNo, I stopped writing right after,I did not reach 100,000 words, and I procrastinated on everything until today.  Happy?

Now hurry up and tell me how you’ve been.

May The Writer: Famous After Death?

May rolled over lazily on the bed, looking up at the ceiling. “Sarah?”

“Yeah?” her friend replied from her spot at the computer desk.

“Think people will recognize my true talent when I’m dead, you know, like Shakespeare?”

“….People loved Shakespeare.”

She sat up, voice becoming high. “You know what I mean! Like, it seems so impossible now, that I’ll EVER get recognized…”

There was a silence as her friend mulled over this, fingers clicking away at the mouse. She finally spoke. “Yeah, it is impossible.”

May fell back into the pillows, wailing. “You’re my friend! You’re supposed to encourage meee!”

Sarah laughed. “There’s not a single person remembered for being a ‘could’ve been great if only she actually wrote something’ writer.”

May sprawled out, ignoring her and beginning to sing. “Sha la la! Itsukakito~”

rewriting

It suddenly occured to me to go back and check the wordcount for the story that I am rewriting. Here was my first thought.

WHAT!?!?!? DO I REALLY PLAN ON REWRITING 86,283 FREAKING WORDS!?!?!?

And THAT, dear friends, isn’t even the COMPLETE story! THE COMPLETE STORY – *cries* – THE COMPLETE STORY IS LONGER!

Okay. I need to breathe out. Breathe in. Calm down. Remember WHY I’m rewriting the story – because I am an idi- ok. No more of that talk.

Breathe.

I’m rewriting the story because I love it from the bottom of my heart and I want to do the very best I can with it.

That is the reason why. Also because I am a stinking perfectionist.

This has made me realize that, even if I NaNoWriMo, I will only write 50,000 words of the story. At the pace I’m going, It actually won’t be that horrible completing 50,000 words.

I pledge, during the month of November, to finish my book by writing about 3,500 words a day. If I do not…. Hahaha! NaNoWriMo has no repurcussions for not finishing the book! Mwahahaha!  If I do not… I will have failed myself as a writer. Begins Nov 2 Ends Nov 30.

100,000 words, here I come.

Now I ask you – Is this realistic?

 

NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow (I’M JOINING!)

Today is October 31st, as many of the children knocking on your door will reassure you. Yes, it IS Hallow’s eve, no they are NOT Frakenstein they’re Lady Gaga, and what on earth do you mean you “don’t believe in encouraging blackmail”!?

Here’s my advice – turn off the lights and tuck yourself under the bed. But… waiting for all this to blow over might not be the BEST of ideas. See, tomorrow is something scarier than Halloween.

Tomorrow is the start of the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – the month of November.

The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in November, and that is what I signed up for. It’s taken me up until the last day before it starts to officially yell it from the rooftops, but here I am and here I go.

I AM DOING NANOWRIMO!

I WILL NOT FAIL!

There! It’s official! A serial procrastinator doing NaNoWriMo.

Hooo boy.

This is me challenging myself, seeing if I have what it takes to become a professional writer. I want to see if I can keep to my goal of 2,000 words a day, I want to see if I can do this every day of my life. I want to see. It’s like this overwhelming feeling consuming me, it’s pushing me to prove myself.

I CAN do this. I know I can.

I can and, 786/92, I will.

This is me realizing my dreams. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, good luck with your dreams, good luck with your life.

Now.

LET THE CRAZINESS BEGIN!

Life is Beautiful

It’s a beautiful day.

Sometimes we get too stuck inside our lives, ourselves. Just take a break. Go outside.

Look outside.

Tolerate your enemy.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Isn’t the world beautiful?

Remember what you are a part of.

Smile!

Life is beautiful.