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Yesterday was a day off from school. I woke up, read a book, wrote two posts, and read a few blogs. Then, I got up, did some laundry, returned a couple of phone calls, and paid some bills. I even write some notes I'd been meaning to write before ten in the morning. Sounds pretty productive, right?
Full disclaimer: my productivity was a complete exercise in task avoidance.
I was avoiding the hard part in the book I am writing. Somehow, being busy, even just looking busy made me feel more justified in not sitting down in front of the computer and writing. that. chapter.
I reminded myself of some of the students I watch in workshop. The ones who sharpen their pencil. Who get a drink of water. Who go to the bathroom. Who spend all their time looking for that perfect mentor text. They look so busy, but somehow manage to write very little.
Isn't it so much easier to find other things to do--even important things to do--when the thing you are supposed to be doing is hard? My aha moment, writing about myself struggling to write the chapter I'd been avoiding, involves my 2015 One Little Word, acknowledge. Sometimes the work that we want to get done is the hardest to get started. Maybe if I acknowledge this fact for myself, the next time I sit at this computer will be to write the next hard section.