It’s really easy to be hard on ourselves for procrastinating. After all, everyone has a mountain of to-dos every day—especially if you’re juggling a full-time job, kids and a writing career. Seriously, I’m in awe of you. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed and beat ourselves up over not crossing off every item on the list. For my day, it could be contracts, revision letters, back cover copy, cover art feedback, author correspondence, submissions, meeting prep, returning phone calls, or any number of other things—even editing when possible!
But it’s important to remember that we need some unstructured time. Just because something isn’t on the to-do list doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Here are five things you might consider procrastinating that can actually help improve productivity:
- reading blogs – it’s vital keep up on industry news and make connections with other bloggers, reviewers, and authors
- watching YouTube – scope out the top videos to see what’s popular and remain current (because, believe me, it’s horribly embarrassing when you’re the only one who doesn’t know “Friday.”)
- reading other romance novels – if you don’t keep up on the latest trends in the market, how will you know where your project fits and how to compare?
- email – especially if it’s from readers—there’s no better ego boost, and it’s a fabulous way to build brand loyalty
- getting away from the desk – If I'm stuck on something--back cover copy or title brainstorming especially--a change of scenery and an opportunity to get the blood flowing can bring a whole new perspective that's just what I needed to get past the block.
What else in your workday do you find it’s important to make time for even if not on your official task list?