Procrastination: You’re a Hard Habit to Break

imgres-1I’m writing this blog post at 8:30 pm on Sunday night (while watching the Golden Globes, of course), and it’s supposed to go live at midnight. Yes, I’ve had a super busy week, BUT there are plenty of times I could have written this post before now and chose not to.

In other words: Hi, I’m Colleen and I’m a Procrastinator.

This week on the Ball, we’re talking about the bad writing habits we want to break and the good writing habits we want to make this year. I’d love to break my habit of procrastination, but I’ve been doing it so long now, that I don’t even know where to begin. Also, I’ve convinced myself that my work is much better when I’m under pressure, which is most likely not true, but it’s a convenient excuse.

The habit I’d like to make is becoming an early morning writer. Especially because I’m adding twins to my brood this year (due in March) and I’ve heard they can be a little time-consuming. I think the wee hours of the morning may be the only time I have to myself to cry in the fetal position AND type on my computer.

What are the writing habits you want to make or break this year? Any early-morning writing tips?

Author: Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is the author of BEFORE I GO (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, Jan. 2015), a love story. A former editor for Marie Claire and Women's Health & Fitness, she's now an Atlanta-based freelance writer. Find out more at

3 Replies to “Procrastination: You’re a Hard Habit to Break”

  1. YES -> Procrastination (I have yet to meet a writer who doesn’t struggle with this!)
    YES -> early morning writing — do it! When I’m drafting/revising I get up at 5am every day to write. Wrote my last two books that way, and it works for me.

  2. I think there will be a resounding, “here, here!” regarding the procrastination habit. We all suffer. And like you, I’m not sure I want to make much of an effort breaking it. It’s a part of the process now. But you are on your own with the early mornings.

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