Writing Teaches Procrastination

Lessons learned about procrastination after writing five thousand blog posts over the course of the last twenty years.

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There will always be something to do first

Almost every time I sit down with the intention of writing — even if I have an idea in my head of what I want to write about, an avalanche of chores will present themselves that had not occurred to me before.

There is always a better text editor

After running out of chores to do around the house, I finally sit in front of the computer, switch it on, and half-expect some sort of update to appear. Any waiting updates will, of course, need to be done, because what sort of monster leaves a computer with pending updates?

There is always a better way to organise your writing

We are sitting in front of the computer, we have chosen our writing tool, and we are ready to go. All we need to do is save the empty file, so we don’t lose our work. Where are we going to save it?

There is always a better blog platform

My personal blog — the almost daily journal about everything and nothing — has lived at WordPress for years. It hasn’t always lived at WordPress though — and I very much doubt it will continue to live at WordPress — because new platforms are always arriving, and they always seem so tempting.

There is always another browser tab

If I ever invent a time machine, I think perhaps one of the first candidates for a “visit” will be the person that invented the multi-tabbed web browser.

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Software and web developer, husband, father, cat wrangler, writer, runner, coffee drinker, retro video games player. Pizza solves everything. jonbeckett.com

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