Writing as a form of procrastination

Published on Apr 23, 2019

Sometimes I use journalling and writing posts as a form of procrastination. But I know for many people journalling is praised for it's numerous health benefits. However, there's also a case to be made where writing and journalling acts as a pure distraction.

When I need a break from work or don't want to begin a complicated task, I write. Now, that's not to say this is a bad thing. But I just wonder how I can overcome this form of procrastination.

Writing 200 words a day is fun because the threshold is easy to reach, and once completed, you can pat yourself on the back and feel successful.

Perhaps I can view it this way: seeing as I sometimes use this medium as an escape, I could use the success of accomplishing my 200 words to propel me back into the tasks I was avoiding.

Or maybe I can tie my 200 words in with a regular break after an hour of coding. If I limit myself to 10 minutes of writing per hour of work, then I can get a little hit of inspiration without actually procrastinating.

That would also give me a whole day to flesh out an idea, write it, look over it, refine it and then post it.

What do you think? Do you sometimes use journalling or 200 words as an escape from the tasks you should actually be doing?