Too often, in our desire to be in control, we miss opportunities or messages that can lead us in the right direction. Recently, I found myself once again amazed at the simplicity of observing synchronicity at work, which has led me to my next big project that fills me with great enthusiasm. .
At the end of January, I was approached by the Program Director for the Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America chapter, of which I am a member and was asked if I would be willing to do the February (mid-month) presentation on time management. My first response was to say no based on the number of various deadlines I was facing at work, home, and other personal issues, plus feeling I was dragging my feet—okay procrastinating!—with my own creative writing projects. Bottom line: I didn’t think I could add one more item to my plate.
Immediately though, I realized I NEEDED to do the presentation. For me to get a handle on my own procrastination and current time-management issues, what better way to reinforce the material than to teach it? After all, we retain 100% of what we teach.
So, I said yes.
The week before, I had found an article on the science of why we writers procrastinate, plus I had a couple of other brain science philosophies that I teach to my English composition students that I thought would be interesting in showing the why behind our procrastination. Relatively quickly, I had several pages of notes put together for the presentation.
Delighted by that work and feeling better about moving past my procrastinating ways, I decided to tackle my piles of creative-writing projects that had been neglected for past 15 years while I was in school and began the tedious task of putting two major bookshelves right. I sorted piles of loose papers, marrying scraps of papers with notes that contained brilliant flashes of ideas for a project—or in this case, many projects—along with articles saved, to the appropriate projects.
In that process of cleaning up those shelves and projects, I discovered a notebook entitled, Time Management for Writers. Lo and behold, I had written a book 20 years ago on the very topic I was going to be discussing that weekend! I’ve always been passionate about the topic and here was early evidence of that passion.
Of course, the writing was crap. After all, I’d written it two decades prior. Thumbing through the material, I could see that my growth of understanding about the topic and my writing ability were far removed from manuscript that looked as if it had been printed on a early Tandy computer.
But what a find!
So, here I was needing help when synchronicity struck, bringing all the required elements together and re-igniting my passion so that once again the winds of the gathering spring is loosening the winter of my procrastination.