To plot or not to plot.
We Plot, we happy plot, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that plots with me
Shall be my brother
A plot, a plot! My kingdom for a plot!
Can you tell that I’m plotting…. plotting… with still about 40 pages still to refine and then it will be done!!
For as long as I can remember. I have been a procrastinator. I always say I’ll get an early start and if you work slowly there will be plenty of time to complete the project.
Sounds good on paper. Yet, I don’t think I’ve ever done that.
Then, suddenly, the deadline approaches. What seemed like an eternity just a few days ago, is now being questioned if it’s enough time at all. The rush is on. Every hour is now focused.
And so here I sit. Same ol’ same ol’. The script is due by the 15th. The project started sometime in November. Technically, I should finish a couple days earlier so it can be reviewed and one last edit. Is it a problem that about 40 pages shy of the needed amount? Wait, thats about 10 pages a day, right? I can do that.
As I said, this is typical for me — school papers, miniature painting competitions. Those stressful last minute pushes to get things done have worked well. I’ve always gotten good scores or awards. So perhaps I work best under pressure and in those last minute rushes, I succeed with greatness. Well, cross your fingers and wish me luck….
Sometimes, it’s okay to disconnect.
Put the phone down. Close the computer. Turn off the TV.
Give the mind a break. Sit by a Fireplace. Read a book — one with pages not pixels!
Watch the snow fall. Watch ducks glide across the water. Listen to the wind whisper between trees.
Talk to family instead of text them. Rest the mind. Recharge the soul.
Escape the noise of life. Relax with the silence of nature.
Find Inspiration. Change your destiny … next week!