Wasting time

What makes a writer waste time when there’s writing to be done? I’ve spent at least an hour this morning researching information for a blog post. Is it lack of confidence? Lack of concentration?

Anyway I decided to give up the research for another time. Meantime maybe you could post a few ways you waste time and why you think it is.

Mine? Computer games, computer research, television (Tivo makes it sooo easy), and email. Blech!

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10 thoughts on “Wasting time

  1. Cubis and Solitaire/Free Cell give the mind a chance to rest – like a mini nap. Jewel Quest is my way to lower my BP and chill out.

    Today makes one year since I lost my true love. So I’ve cried a little here and there. Tell Nancy that I want to go widow shopping! It’s lonely being all alone.

    Some people might think of it as procrastination, I figure it is laziness. I’d rather sit in front of the computer then to do housework or fix dinner. Hunger will drive me in there and I will probably fix a salad. I’m too lazy to make a big meal. I’ve got to strip and remake the bed. Sometimes dire necessity makes us do things. We can only skip the dishes but for so long. Wish I could get someone to clean the house and mow the lawn.

    I need to clean my desk! If that pile of papers shifts, I’m going to be in big trouble!

    Sometimes I make an appointment with myself to do certain things. Sometimes that helps. While doing these other things away from the computer allows my brain to focus on snippets of conversation between my characters or a scene to be played out in my mind.

    TV? Can’t help you with that. I almost never watch it.

    Wasting time is a luxury and we should all take some time to do that. Lately I don’t have enough time to do what I want to do!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Uncle Don,
    Now how I know that you have been having trouble with your dog. ๐Ÿ™‚ The garden sounds like a pleasant place to relax but I’m not much of a gardener. However I will definitely remember to get out my Bible sometimes!

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  3. There is contemplation. Reflection. Relaxation. None of these are a waste of time.

    Then there is a heated battle of free cell solitaire (my foil) while a manuscript waits in the window under it, your poor characters tapping their feet impatiently while you click on cards.

    Neglecting your book for housework, to spend time with your kids or husband isn’t wasted. You may feel guilty for leaving your characters hanging, but it’s not a “waste” per se. Checking your e-mail for the fifth time in an hour, now that’s debatable.

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  4. Wasting Time,Killing Time,or just putting that time on hold.Some of the best things i know is to go for a walk alone,work in the Garden if you have one,if not start one.Play with the Dog if you have one,if not Do not get one.The top Two that i love is to call a familey member,but not just any familey member.Most of all i love to study the Bible and Pray,and when you pray you never wast time.

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  5. What a beautiful way to look at this subject! I’m so sorry you lost your mate. I can only imagine what a gap that leaves. Now that new hat–I’ll have to take a look! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now I’m going to gently disagree with a part of your response. The time you spent yesterday seems like a wholesome and needed relief in your mental activity. However–I can’t see how an hour of Cubis, the computer game where you arrange blocks into patterns has almost NO redeeming value! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  6. Well, see, Grasshopper,

    I have to disagree here.

    There is no such thing, as “WASTED” time. I say that because:

    Yesterday, I “celebrated” (someone pleeeese give me another word for this.

    But anyway, yesterday would have been my man’s birthday. I say -would have been- because he passed away suddenly December 22, 2007. we talked (like always) the time: 11:30pm dec 21, time of death listed: 12:01. -no (wasted) time

    I remember each atom, each cell, every nucleus of him…

    you can not waste your -time-
    someone will remember you

    and

    Recycle it.

    how did i (spend) time today?

    -i bought a new hat- got it on sale too. was 5.00 and talked the guy down to 3!

    right now? going down to the Lake

    kick off my shoes,

    sit in the sand

    and cry my eyes out.

    -will email picture of hat ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………later. R.I.P. boo.

    HOW TO GET OVER TODAY?listen to Stevie Wonders’ ALWAYSthanks for (taking) time.signed.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewilliamsphotos/1285268435/

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  7. Wasting time.
    I think it used to be called twiddling your fingers. Men might see it as fishing, ladies as widow shopping, but what ever it is, it seems to frit away our time at an alarming pace. As for me, I daydream. Oh so bad. I pull up images under yahoo and look at landscapes and picture myself there. I have actually placed a timer beside the computer and when I feel a low moment set the time. when the bell goes off my mental vacation is done and its back to being a word smith. Somedays, if the story is still hard to come, then outside for a walk, a very vigerous walk to get those juices flowing.
    However much time we waste, we never waste as much as Congress does. So chin up and get those fingers working. I have faith in you.

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