Diehards

Monday, 7 September 2009

Closed for the Season

I have a big, important (to me) project to get done, and I really want to do a good job, but I am easily distracted. In fact I positively seek distraction, and the more important I feel something is the more I seem to go looking for reasons not to do it. Apparently I'm not alone, lots of people behave in exactly the same way, and there are all number of theories as to why: fear of failure is one and another is something to do with self sabotage, I can't remember the details. Anyway, I need to minimize the number of distractions that lay claim to my time and get down to some serious work or I'll fail, and that will make me miserable.

I'm sure you've guessed, blogging is the biggest consumer of my time. I love nothing more than a bit of idle chat and this being able to just drop in on anyone, at anytime, without moving from my seat, is far too tempting; so I'm going to put the hems on it for a while. I will still drop in on everyone from time to time, I may read but not comment, and I may post the odd thing but probably not. Oh, I don't know! I just know that if I don't give this thing my best shot then I'll have only myself to blame for buggering it up, and that would be stupid.

So, that's it then, I'll see you when I see you, but here's a cup-cake to show how much I care:

25 comments:

steven said...

hey eryl, i'm right there alongside you. believe it or not. this has been something i've fought with, worked with, wrestled with - since i was in first year university right through here to my nineteenth year of teaching - so let's do the math - ummmmm thirty three years. i love doing work under pressure. i know that now. i also know that i resent work under pressure. there's so much else that i love so why would i not continue with the fun rewarding low pressure stuff? well - look at the short term pain for long term gain model. it's a pain in the butt but honestly it helps me to think about what allows me to enjoy this laid back luxurious lifestyle (ha!) and what i need to do to ensure that it continues. it's almost always drudgery and work. so knuckle down and get it done and report back when you're on top of everything and pop back a big drink of something good!!! cheers out. steven

PI said...

I'll miss you but you must do what you have to do and I'm sure you'll flit by from time to time.
Don't be too afraid of failure - those two imposters - sucess and failure - whatever Kipling wrote - but it makes sense.
Best of luck with it.

Titus said...

Wah! And yet, good luck.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Will miss you, but totally understand. I've had to cut back on blogging all summer.

Good luck with your project!

Khanh Ha said...

I share your passion (or is it self-discipline?) for your project. Perfectionists are usually hard on themselves. Same here. When I'm about to start my next novel, I'll have to put several daily things I do on hold, and blogging is one of them.

Can you beam that cup-cake down to me?

Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ I've had one last lovely evening of visiting everyone's blogs so from tomorrow it will be work as play, hopefully.

Pat ~ I'm not afraid of failing if I've given something my best shot, at least I think that's the case.

Titus ~ thanks, I'll still pop in and see you from time to time.

Raph ~ thank you. It has to be done sometimes, doesn't it?

Khan Ha ~ I really do think there is no point in doing something if you're not going to give it your fullest attention. Then you can relax again for a while.

Cup-cake coming through!

debra said...

I've not posted much these days---to much going on and too many things I must do. Lovely cupcake, though. Enjoy these days :-)

angryparsnip said...

I clean everything . . . so I feel "freed" to my work. . .

I will miss you, kooun o ! (good luck)

want cupcake ! ! !

Rachel Fox said...

All the best with your project.

Read you when we read you.

x

Conan Drumm said...

That is all oh-so-true at this desk too. Best of everything to you in getting through the work.

savannah said...

i miss you already, sugar! good luck with the project.
see you when i see you! ;~D xoxoxox

newjenny said...

Know what you mean.

Good luck. x

Brother Tobias said...

I'm with - blogging is a pleasure, but an oh-so-time-consuming one, because other people's are so worth reading. I more or less shut down for the summer and, bless them, they were there when I returned. But come back when you can.

Only advice I can offer for the project is write down the stuff you think is rubbish as well as the stuff you think is good; when you revisit it it'll probably be worth working on.

And no response needed.

Wigeon said...

Good luck with the main mission Eryl. It's a worthwhile final push so good luck with the head down. I'll miss reading your words on the blog but look forward to welcoming a real success back again. I know I work best when the gun is at my head for a deadline so sounds like you're the same. Is that cup cake g-f per chance?!

Kim Ayres said...

I knew it! I saw comments and I thought - I bet she came back to see if there were any, and replied!

Of course you won't read this one until you've finished your mission, now will you?

gleaner said...

As Titus said...Wah.

Good luck with your mission

Dave King said...

I can relate to all that - and no surprise that blogging is the chief culprit! I see myself reflected clearly in your post.

The World According To Me said...

Thanks for the cup cake!
Good luck with your big project. No distractions, or little distractions are what's needed.
I've been working from home today but I always have to take a little nap when I do this. I wonder if this is normal?!

Lulu LaBonne said...

MMmm lovely cupcake - I know where you're coming from

xxx

ewix said...

totally love you
and totally understand
I'm meant to be editing something...........but
hope you are back in the loop soon
and ready to fritter time in the blogosphere

Kanani said...

Get loads of work done. The blog will always be here, but time to work on what you truly love will not!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I'm with you! trying to finish the next book by my deadline! eek!

:)

Scarlet-Blue said...

I'm not very good at multi-tasking - if I start blogging in the morning then I'm at it all day and nothing else gets done - hence my own little break.
Good luck with the project!
Sx

Mary Witzl said...

Eryl, our internet connection was so awful, I pretty much stopped blogging for a month -- or at least, I cut my blogging time by about 80%. During that time, I FINALLY did major rewriting work I should have done ages ago. It's been a real blessing in disguise.

Get that work done. Blogging can wait! And I know this isn't goodbye...

Eryl Shields said...

Thank you All for you words of encouragement. The work is coming on slowly.

Scarlet ~ that is exactly my problem, which is why I'm going to log off right now and not come back for at least another week.