Day 2 – The Winding Road of Procrastination

Hello, my Name is Sadie and I Dawdle.

I really do have a jumbled ball of yarn rolling around in my head waiting to be untangled.   In my particular case it has to do with writing.  Mostly.  Other things are tangled there too.  However, this series is about the writing so we’ll stick to that for now.  Sort of.  I may have to wind around a road or two on the way to my point.  Procrastination.

Road # 1:

We recently moved from a Seminary campus to a little house next door to my parents (a story for later down the road) so that my husband could finish his dissertation.  Since moving meant I no longer would have a job, we decided to take a hiatus from work for a few months and then I too could concentrate on my writing.

The first step in my writing focus was this blog.  It seemed a safe enough place to start since I could count my faithful readers on one hand. If it flopped then only a few would know.  If it didn’t…..well, that was up to God.  God can do more than we can ask or imagine, but we have to give him something to work with.  Which brings us to…

Road # 2:

We moved at the end of June.  And until a few days ago I had only posted once since the move.  I was in some kind of inertia.  This tends to happen to me after a major change, which in my case usually means a major move (I think this is address number 20 or something – another story for later down the road).

Since we’re going to be unraveling (See day one) all over the map on this journey, I thought procrastination was a good place to start.  After all, that’s kind of why we’re on a 31 Day trip.

The point really hit home with me today, because I procrastinated all day instead of writing this post.  I had lots of thoughts – some were actually inspired by all the lovely blogs I spent time dallying over (which was time well spent).  I did write out some notes, but there were so many ravels on that ball of yarn that I really didn’t know where to begin.

Around midnight or so (don’t worry, staying up late is in my DNA, yet another story), I realized that I was procrastinating.  It is classic behavior.  I have learned over time that inertia brought on by major change can lead to procrastination.  I have also noticed that if I have too many choices, or too many things on my  to do list I start feeling crowded and I back into a corner, becoming powerless to scratch anything off the list.   Sometimes it ends up crumpled in the garbage like so many pages of writing that didn’t make the cut.

I think writing that doesn’t make the cut and procrastination have more in common than living in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the garbage can.  I think they are both rooted in the need to prioritize so we can focus on what needs to be done.  Prioritizing can sometimes mean we have to keep the list short. (Sounds like a topic for a post)

Your priorities may be different than mine, but the fact remains that if we are going to be effective in our calling, then we must put first things first.  For me, that means my first priority is time with God, then time writing, then everything else.  Don’t worry, I’ll still leave room at the bottom of the list for lollygagging.

Winding in Grace,


PS – if you want to read some words I’ve woven in the form of lyrical verse you can click here to read a few poems on my other blog.

Day 1- 31 Days of Word Weaving

Weaving Words is one of the things I do.  Sometimes.  I usually wait for that spark of inspiration and then write like crazy, do a brief edit and publish.  Then, I sit through the crackle of a long dry spell waiting for another spark to ignite the flame.  And so goes the cycle.

I love to write.  I believe it is a divine gift.  But like all that we have been given, it’s not enough to just accept the gift.  You have to actually use the gift to receive its full benefit.

That is my dilemma.  I have accepted the gift, but I don’t grasp the significance of its full potential.  You see, using the gift of word weaving requires more than inspiration; it also requires discipline.

That is why I find myself here, writing about writing for 31 Days. I tergiversated*  back and forth as explained in my prior post.  Finally, I decided to commit to the 31 Days as that would require the necessary penalty discipline that I need to spur me into action.

At this point I don’t have a clear outline of the 31 Days (I Know), but I do have a jumbled ball of yarn rolling around in my head waiting to be untangled.  I see it unraveling in an all over the map kind of way, but with a definite destination in mind that I will recognize when I get there.  (how’s that for undisciplined discipline).

Basically, this is a self-reflective journey I need to take in order to appreciate the words and how the turn of a phrase can bring clarity, joy, humor, devotion, emotion, truth and satisfaction to the art of Weaving Words.  I decided to bring you along for the ride as experience has taught me that most trips, especially the hard ones, are much more pleasant when you have company.

I hope you can follow the map with me and see where it leads.   Even though this adventure is about writing, I believe that most things in life can be a metaphor for something else, therefore the training can be applied where needed.

Join Me?

Untangling in Grace,


*synonym for waffled.  I thought I should learn a new word and stretch a little.  Good writers will tell you to learn new words.  Consider this your first trip tip!

31 Days – Post Link

Note: In October of 2012 I participated in the 31 Day challenge.  If you click the link below it will take you to a page that shows the last few posts – if you go to the bottom it will allow you to click older posts and then you will be able to work your way to the beginning.  I should have set this up more organized, but I didn’t.

To see all the post in the 31 Day series:  31 Days of Word Weaving

If you’re here from the Nester, you have reached the link page to the  31 Days of Word Weaving.

Thanks for reading!  Comments are welcome (at the top right of  each post).

Hope you enjoy!

Untangling in Grace,