Like proabably every person on the planet I spend a good proportion of my timedoing nothing much. I start every day with the best of intentions. Often my mornings run like clockwork; but then come early afternoon it all starts to go wrong. I’ll make myself a coffee and think ‘Oh, I’ll just check Twitter/watch cartoons with The Toddler/phone so-and-so..’ and before you know it it’s time to be cooking The Toddler’s tea and I’ve barely done anything. Once I’ve finally got him in bed around 7pm, I then have to rush around doing everything I *should* have been doing all afternoon, be it ironing, cleaning out the fridge or writing. I’ve been thinking though, maybe my procrastinating ways aren’t that bad?
TWITTER: Okay, I spend a LOT of time on Twitter. I log on twenty several times a day to catch up or post links/random musings. BUT I love catching up with fellow aspiring writers and since using Twitter I have written more thanks to being inspired by others. If someone posts that they have written 2k words that day – well, I want to write 2k words too.
READING: Reading is good. Simple as that. I want to write books therefore I have to read books. Life without reading would be barely a life in my opinion. There is no way I’m giving it up.
TV: I have no working aerial at the moment so this isn’t as bad as it could be. I do, however, spend a lot of time watching Disney films with The Toddler and many nights are spent cosying up with a DVD and my BF. It’s all about quality time and relaxing.
PLAYING: Yep, I spend HOURS each day playing with toy cars and colouring pictures (with The Toddler of course). Definately not a waste of time, he’s never going to be two again is he? Next year he’ll be starting nursery, then it will be school. Then I can do boring grown-up things all day long. Mopping the floor at 10pm and staying up writing ’til 3am is a small price to pay for quality time with my little man.
So, in conclusion: I will continue procrastinating. I’m not ashamed of the time I spend doing any of these things. Like most things, it’s all about moderation. So long as I’m enjoying what I do, and everything is getting done there’s no harm being done.