Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Thursday, October 8, 2009

This morning's epiphany

Thanks to Laura Mixon, if you reward yourself before the action, you are actually rewarding the procrastination.

ie. If you say, because I'm about to write, I'll just check my emails or read this blog, you're not rewarding the writing, you're rewarding the procrastination. There are actual brain and behavioral studies to prove this.

As a writer who writes in a highly distracted state, I think I'll need to adjust that behavior.

Ding ding ding. Thanks Laura.

2 comments:

Rick said...

I was going to leave a comment, but I realized that I might be rewarding the act of putting off my delaying tactics so that I would be proficient enough to move from dallying with long sentences to actually procrastinating.

Steve Buchheit said...

Bad writers delay, great writers procrastinate.