You’ll Never Be Perfect

5 May

procrastination

“Because to procrastinate is easier than working.”

It’s true. You never will be be. But you can use the gold standard of perfection to better yourself, to push yourself forward. How? One word – procrastination. Let’s explain that. Procrastination is something we do in order to avoid working. It’s natural, but it can be pretty habit-forming and time-consuming. You might find yourself  with six spare hours, a quiet house, and a blank computer. You’ll think – ‘Perfect! All the peace and quiet I need to polish off the last three chapters of my thriller mystery novel!’. Six hours later, you’re still on Reddit. Or Facebook. Or whatever you do to waste time. Because to procrastinate is easier than working.

The subject of procrastination has been, as we say in the field, ‘run into the ground’. So we won’t go into too much detail about the subject. In fact, we’ll cut the procrastination and get right to the point – how to avoid it.

If you write a lot, or even a little, there’s probably several projects you’re working on, a few separate things you’re writing. So write them down. Make a little list of what you could be writing. For me, it goes something like this – a post for The Writer’s Corp, a Hebrew short story for a book, a chapter in another book, a post for my site, or an article for a newspaper. These are all things I need to write. So I make a list of them.

The secret to solving procrastination is to define your goals. Knowing exactly what you have to do is the first step to getting them done. So write down all the things you have to do, and start with the one that looks the most enjoyable to write. Try to do all the things on your list.

Now, the point is that you will not accomplish everything on your list. You might only do one or two of them. Don’t let that discourage you – remember, just a minute ago you were having trouble starting. The trick is to get going, to start writing – to start is the hard part. Aim higher than you can realistically do at once, and just knowing what you want to write can be an excellent way to get yourself writing.

At the end of the day, you may not have accomplished all your goals. Not every checkbox will have a check in it. But you’ll have made progress, and you’ll have beaten your procrastination.

When Nesher Ehrman succeeds in beating his procrastination, he also writes poems and short stories, which can be found at his site.

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8 Responses to “You’ll Never Be Perfect”

  1. Jones Shelton October 18, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    Greetings from Florida! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse
    your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and
    can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick
    your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..

    Anyhow, excellent blog!

    • nesherehrman October 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Hey Jones – glad you like the content! Can’t take credit for your speeds, but it’s probably related to the fact that most of the blog is just text, no info-intensive pictures or videos. Hope to see you around!

  2. Samuel Bailey October 12, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about
    this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

    Thanks

    • nesherehrman October 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      I don’t know if I’m knowledgable about the subject, but i do my best, and that’s fine, because I’m not perfect. 🙂

  3. Lorna's Voice May 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Yes, I’ve used the quest for perfection as a reason to delay or stay away from my writing. My head knows perfection isn’t possible, but my heart wants it so much. What I put out into the world (my creations) are me and I want them to be as good as they can be so I can be as good as I can be. It’s so deeply ingrained in me.

    But I’m working on it… 😉

  4. The Writing Corp Admin May 5, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Things about Us, writers is that we are natural procrastinators. We have tons of alibis. There is the; writer’s block, lack of inspiration, too busy with job, etc. Most of the time, I just go with the flow of that procrastination disease. I think it is uncurable, eh.

  5. jessielansdel May 5, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I’ll try that then. I’m a world champion procrastinator. 😉 Thank you.

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