I used to put off blogging more than I did studying. I still do, though I’m not currently in school. But I’ve gotten better at not procrastinating as much.
But here’s the million dollar question: why do I procrastinate?
To which I ask why do you procrastinate?
So my goal is to publish a post every day. I know that’s not everyone’s goal, but it’s mine. Maybe I’ll write about that one day. Not today.
My final deadline then is 11:59 PM every night. That’s a lot of hours from when I wake up (around 8 AM) to when I need to hit publish or schedule.
If I’m doing my math right, I have about 15.
My brain believes I have plenty of hours to blog then.
I like to think I’m good at managing my time. Still, I don’t feel any urgency to blog at 9 in the morning because 11:59:59 PM is so far away.
All the time time I perceive I have is part of why I put off blogging until late at night.
Another reason: perfection. I like to think I’m not that big of a perfectionist, but I am very peculiar with my blog posts.
I want my posts to be perfect or close to it. Sometimes I edit a draft, hate it, and can’t bring myself to publish the post. I dread this outcome so much. It feels awful to work hard on a project but despise the result.
I’ve experienced this more times than I care to remember.
Knowing my first draft will be anything but perfect makes me put off writing one. Let’s be honest, I’m also lazy too.
It should go without saying but I’m going to say this anyway, blogging requires more energy and concentration than watching TV for example.
I also procrastinate because after several years, I have a better idea of how long I actually need to write and publish a post. So if I think I only need twenty minutes to edit a piece, twenty minutes is how much time I give myself.
Of course, life happens. And as much as we believe we only need a few minutes to accomplish a task, we’re sometimes wrong and need way more time.
The planning fallacy exists for a reason.
I hope I’ve made some sense. In my head, I know exactly what I mean, but I don’t know if anything made sense or if everything got lost in translation.
In summary, I procrastinate blogging because of time, perfectionism, laziness, and a brain that thinks I need two seconds to write, edit, and publish a post.