November 1st was the first day of NaNo (read my last post if you’re not familiar) and while I’m on track with my word count (average of 1667 per day!) that doesn’t mean it’s been smooth sailing. There’s been fall cleaning (like spring cleaning but the opposite—you know what I’m talking about), a minor thing called the World Series where my second favorite team FINALLY WON, and the warmest November we’ve had in a long time (which required me to be outside as much as I can). But those don’t even make my top ten list.
Are you ready? Here we go!
My Miniature Schnauzer Owen’s Instagram finally passed 10,000 followers and as he gets more popular, it’s been more and more difficult to stay on top of comments. But try I must. I’m also very active on my personal account so that takes up a lot of time too.
I have two personal and two work accounts on my phone, so it’s fair to say I get an email notification every 4.2 minutes. And every now and then I’ll get worked up about the agents who have my manuscript and will check just in case Google forgot to send me a notification.
I don’t think this needs an explanation, but I will add that I’ve been managing a contest on my day-job’s page this past week so I really have needed to check my notifications frequently. Really.
While it goes without saying that Facebook is a time suck, I can lose just as much time on Twitter. Whether it’s scrolling through my feed to see what people are talking about, joining in the latest hashtag game, or complaining about procrastinating, I feel like Twitter gets me in ways that my manuscript doesn’t.
6: Texting My Besties
Because who doesn’t love to do that? They cheer me through every plot hole and convince me that the dirty joke I put on page 4 of my manuscript is totally appropriate for YA. (It’s probably not but I’m keeping it in there.)
5: Bathroom Breaks
What can I say? I drink a lot of tea and water. As long as the potty breaks don’t turn into cleaning the house, we’re good.
4: Getting More Tea
Speaking of liquids, I can’t write if I don’t have a beverage in arm’s reach. My electric kettle beeps when it turns off, and that’s usually right about the time I’m finishing my cup, so that means it’s time for a break.
3: Prioritize House Projects
While I’m waiting for the kettle to warm up (because it just turned off and therefore is not the correct temperature for brewing tea), that gives me a minute to contemplate all the renovations we still want to do to our house. Big project or small, nothing is off limits when I’m supposed to be writing.
2: Halloween Candy
Perhaps you had hundreds of costumed children knock on your door or ring your bell, all begging for free sugar. We bought the candy but only seven children appeared, and that means A LOT of leftover candy. I’ve found Sprees make project prioritization go much, much easier.
1: Playing With Owen
Because how can you resist this face? You can’t, that’s how.
What are your most ridiculous procrastination methods?