As I was writing my tech post for the day, I was thinking about the fact that it was Labor Day. A Labor Day for Techies was born. Then I started thinking about the many things that cause me to procrastinate. I thought about How to Control Procrastination for Techies, because we’re different. I decided you can never truly AVOID procrastination, but you can control it. But first, a little history:
Labor Day for Techies
Labor Day to us, means HOLIDAY! YAY! But to others that came before us, it was truly a miracle day. It is a day to be celebrated.
Somewhere around 1894 labor unions got together and decided to celebrate their laborers. You see, it isn’t just a holiday, but a celebration!
While us geeks probably never had to truly “labor” as others that came before us, or even others that are still laboring, we do work hard, just not physically hard. I have found that at times, mental tiredness is also exhausting.
While I am privileged to work in a nice air conditioned office, with decent furniture, and all the necessities and luxuries a girl could ask for, my brain needs rest. Many times, techies don’t use holidays to rest our brains. Instead, we use holidays to do the “fun” things, or learn new stuff. That is truly awesome, but we must take a minute or two to “rest” and “celebrate” our labor day as well.
Therefore, in honor of all geeks and techies out there, and even those learner geeks and techies, I offer this special techie procrastination glossary.
Glossary of Techie Procrastination
This is a serious affliction. It means you are searching Amazon for all the latest techie stuff instead of working. It can cause you to spend money you shouldn’t, as well as have tech envy (see below).
Brainchild is often an idea of brilliance from a techie. It may never see the light of day or may actually make ZERO sense tomorrow, but today, it’s brilliant. Sometimes I take the brainchild to the ultimate rabbit hole (see below) and even design it.
This is one of my favorites. I LOVE LOVE LOVE buying courses. Single courses, bundles of courses, ultimate bundles, doesn’t matter. Course Hoarding is my fashion statement. However, it’s great to hoard them, but some of them are really valuable (and some are not). This can also lead to Rabbit Hole and Ultimate Rabbit Hole.
Similar to Amazon Crack, but it is where you spent hours and hours on Facebook perusing others comments. Usually is a total waste of time. Anything to get out of doing what you should.
Operating System (OS or iOS) or Device Hell
I am usually plugging along just fine with my iPad (I’m writing this post on it currently). But almost every post I decide I need a screenshot from a particular Device (Windows, Mac, iPad, Chromebook). Of course that device hasn’t been updated since the last brainchild (see above) I had, so you spend hours updating the OS, patches, apps, etc. before you even get to the screenshot.
Pinterest Time Suck
Ah, the Pinterest Time Suck. This means starting on pinterest looking for ONE SPECIFIC THING, looking up hours later completely down the Ultimate Rabbit Hole with no clue what you were originally looking for.
Plug-In Shiny Stuff
Now I’m sure you’ve all been there are some point. Someone, somewhere, in some facebook group mentioned some plug-in to do something, blah blah. Now you have plug-ins installed, activated, and probably not even set up. Occasionally you go to your plug-in directory and have no clue what many of the plug-ins actually do. You eventually have to hire Greyson Bell at iMark Interactive (not a bad thing, but to have to hire someone because you screwed something up? It’s just sad.) just to unscrew your site because you have plug-ins conflicting with plug-ins, and lions and tigers and bears!
In honor of our wonderful mentor Alice in Wonderland. The “Rabbit Hole” is similar to “squirrels”. This means taking a thought or project or course and wondering around aimlessly looking for other things to do besides work.
Squirrels or Shiny Stuff
Chasing anything to keep from doing what I should be doing. Specifically evil for ADHD people. Like seeing something brilliant out of the side of your eye, then going that direction until something else catches your eye. Usually happens when you are on deadline, either work-related or self-imposed.
Seeing all the techie stuff others have (including Amazon) and being envious of their options.
Ultimate Rabbit Hole
Starts with Rabbit Hole and Squirrels. Goes to extreme to include 3-4 levels deeper than humanly possible.
How to Control Procrastination
So now you know all the terms, what are you going to do about them? Do we ignore them entirely? Nope. Do we try to avoid them all? No way. The right way, of course, is productivity and scheduling. There are several options here.
As a creative, I’m not a fan or schedules. However, my mentor, Kim Anderson, has a great course on this. It’s called the 12 Week Blog Growth Strategy. I wrote a post previously about How to Save Time Writing Blog Posts for the Perfectionist. This also incorporates some of the concepts of Kim Anderson’s 12 Week Strategy.
So here’s what I do. I use Kim’s 12 Week Strategy. I plan out my content or tasks for the week. I ALSO plan out the techie terms above. That way, I get to do the things, allowing for my creative juices to flow, but there is a time limit.
Want to know more about Kim’s system? This page shows all the details.
Create a Trello or Milanote Board
Kim’s strategy shows you have to create a Trello board for your own strategy. Look at that board. Where can you build in time to procrastinate? By building in time, you don’t take away from your project.
Here’s a picture of my Milanote Board where I’ve combined Kim’s strategy with a few of my own strategies.
You will see my Procrastination tasks on the board as well. When I need a break, I choose one of those tasks then check it off for the day.
Be productive, take breaks, do great things
Find ways to “trick” yourself to keep on blogging. If that means detailed schedule, do that. If that means a Milanote Board, do that. Find what works for you. Make blogging fun, but keep at it.
Kim also has a Mentored Membership group that is one of my favorites. You can find more about that at Just Keep Blogging Mentored Membership
Until next time, happy blogging!