16 Ways to make damn sure you don’t get any writing done.

(No time for photos or quotes today. I am very busy weeding …)

1.  Start your day with making an elaborate breakfast for your family/yourself.

2.  Make an elaborate packed school lunch for The Kids.

3.  Send The Man off to work and The Kids off to school; be sure to stand in the front yard waving for at least 15 minutes.

4.  Check the mailbox … twice.

5.  Check the flower beds for stray weeds (difficult when it’s been snowing or the ground is frozen solid, but WORK at it dammit!)

6.  Go inside and play with the cats/dogs/fish for at least 30 minutes. You are their slave, after all.

7.  Make yourself some coffee. Sit down in front of the laptop.

8.  Check your facebook page, make sure to like/comment on all your friends’ posts.

9.  Check your email (ALL your accounts); read everything, even the spam.


11.  Read ALL your favorite blogs, something new might have been posted since yesterday. Be sure to comment on EVERYTHING.

12.  Stare into space, daydreaming. You need inspiration to start writing.

13.  Wow, The Kids are home! Where did the time go?

14.  Check their homework, make dinner, get them in bed.

15.  Fall into bed, exhausted.

16.  Dream about what you are going to write tomorrow.

Congratulations! You didn’t get any writing done!


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  1. #1 by Gretha Horn on March 8, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    I love it! Seems that you and I are still continuing with the procrastination from our student days?

    • #2 by Celia on March 8, 2011 - 4:25 pm

      Ugh, I remember! Such a horrible habit.

  2. #3 by Liz on March 8, 2011 - 5:32 pm


  3. #5 by Maria on March 8, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    Don’t forget Twitter, the biggest time suck ever invented! I always find at least 5 or 6 intriguing articles that I MUST read (for research purposes, of course!)

    Thank God daytime TV is so dreadful, or I’d never get anything done. 🙂

    • #6 by Celia on March 8, 2011 - 11:07 pm

      Then I’m glad I haven’t joined Twitter yet! 🙂

  4. #7 by juanvillagrana on March 9, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Haha! I’ve been sitting at my laptop for HOURS doing nothing but checking my Facebook, Twitter, and reading my fave blogs.
    Of course, this means I’ll be more pressured now that I have only a couple hours to reach my daily limit while also finishing a book report and assorted other items of homeework.
    Yep. I’m not stressing at ALL.

    • #8 by Celia on March 9, 2011 - 2:22 pm

      I found writing that list almost liberating; it is as if I’ve exorcised the demon. Another thing that works for me is to NEVER EVER start the day with reading. ALWAYS start with writing.
      Good luck with that limit.

  5. #9 by Abhishek Boinapalli on March 9, 2011 - 6:02 pm


    you seem to be a busy home maker. I am happy to know about you, how caring you are, how good a chaos tamer you are .. but seriously wish you have ample time to keep on writing.

    I love writing. All the best and happy writing.

    with warm regards

    • #10 by Celia on March 10, 2011 - 8:50 am

      Thanks Abishek. Not so sure about that, since I just yelled at the kids, but I appreciate it anyway! 🙂

  6. #11 by Aisha on March 15, 2011 - 9:17 am

    No one is more motivated than a writer who wants to do anything but write! [i.e. the vast majority of us! lol] I am always amazed that as a group, we writers love to write AND hate to write 🙂 But yes- there’s always tomorrow!

    • #12 by Celia on March 15, 2011 - 11:11 pm

      I agree. Luckily the days where you love it outnumber those other ones! 😉

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