We all have “guilty pleasures”—I’m not necessarily talking about straight-up sinful temptations at the moment. I’m talking about those things in life that can be good . . . in moderation. Things that can even be a blessing . . . until they’re not.
Take, for example, a few of my food guilty pleasures:
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Fritos Mild Cheddar Cheese Dip
Popcorn of just about any kind
Cookie dough ice cream
These tasty treats delicious, but not nutritious. And the bigger issue is that for me, they are hard to resist. It would be entirely too easy for me to finish a bag of Peanut Butter M&Ms or a can of the cheese dip on my own. But there are consequences, of course.
How about guilty pleasures in my life as a writer? What takes up my time and attention?
Things like errands are great, of course. But too often, I let nonessential ones distract me when I have a lovely chunk of time I could spend writing. Reading can be a GREAT way to prep my writing muscles, but what am I reading? If it’s the third blog post on easy updos, I could probably be more effective with my time writing my own blog post.
But even the writing process itself can have its own guilty pleasures.
Dabbling at the unfinished project instead of the task at hand
Spending too much time reworking a page
Using half of your writing time setting the perfect work environment
It’s not easy to rid ourselves of these guilty pleasures, and really, we don’t need to. Moderation, right? A few peanut butter M&Ms can do you some good. There have been periods in my life when I was so focused on productivity that I didn’t give myself enough time to rest. But when my writing journal lies neglected for a few too many days, it’s time to see how I’ve been filling my schedule. If there are points of excess, it’s time to refocus.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m on my way to a trivia night, complete with a table of guilty pleasures.