I'll be honest, I always wait until the last minute to do anything. That's how I did my best work in high school and college, and it's how I generally do things now, as a blogger. I'm too emotional, and like to take advantage of what I'm feeling in the moment – inspiration – to write or create content. Incidentally, it's also why I'm a BAD packer; I like to get dressed in the morning based on what I FEEL like wearing, so I chronically over-pack, bringing everything I could possibly want to wear with me.
Being a procrastinator is tough though. I waited until the day it was due to write this post. And as I was sitting at the emergency vet with my dog at 3 AM the previous morning trying to keep my mind off of my sick dog, I was also stressing about what to write about. And then it hit me – procrastination!
We've all done it, right? Whether it's producing content, implementing a blog redesign, reaching out to potential partners, we put things off, waiting for THE RIGHT MOMENT to get them done. I honestly don't see a problem with my procrastination, because I ultimately get things done (and very well, actually – I always got excellent grades on papers, etc., I finished up right before turning them in!), but it can be a bit of a bother if you work with other people, or are married (!). And, it is definitely a problem if you don't ever get the thing done that you need to get done.
If you're a serial procrastinator, I think it's key to find the balance between planning and procrastination:
Procrastination is why I can't have an editorial calendar for my blog (who knows what I'll want to write about next month??), but planning is what allows me to come up with general ideas of things I'd LIKE to write about during the coming month.
Procrastination allows me to fill in the details when it's time, but planning is where the general outline comes from.
Procrastination keeps me from over-analyzing, over-editing, and thinking too much about the final result, but planning my time correctly allows me to be prepared.
In general, I try to plan the month ahead and write down ideas, and whatever comes to my mind for posts or content on my blogs. That way I'm not at a complete loss when the time comes to actually write. I also set aside specific times the days that things are due to work on them, and a deadline to have them completed. Which is not to say that I always have a “plan” in place for the month – a lot of the time I don't – but I do have a general idea bank in my head for just such occasions. And enough experience to know that I can get the work done.
I like to procrastinate. I like to write when I'm inspired, about whatever I'm “feeling” at the moment. If I feel like posting about my search for a long black dress, I want to be able to do it; I don't want to have to write about something else because that's what I've scheduled. Again, this works for me, because I don't do a lot of partnerships and/or sponsored posts that have to go up at certain times, but it may not work for you. You will probably have to find a better balance between your tendency to procrastinate and your NEED to plan. Heck, most of the time I think I need to do better at that.
As a blogger, whether you do it full-time or not, it's up to you to manage your time. You may have projects due, posts to write, pictures to take, but it's all up to you when you get them done. Enjoy your freedom to procrastinate, but don't let it get away from you all the time.
What about you? are you a procrastinator or a planner? Have you gone from being a procrastinator to a planner over time? Any tips? 😉
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