"When's the best time to sell a car? Summer?" The sales manager motioned in my direction.
"Uh," I stammered, "Saturday mornings?"
"Nope." He pointed at another newcomer, someone seated in the front row.
"Maybe on Friday afternoons?"
"No. Come on, guys... Marty?" Turning to a seasoned veteran of the business, the correct response was finally elicited.
"After you sell a car."
It's been over a decade since my relatively brief stint as a car salesman, but these early words of wisdom from the sales meeting that day have stuck with me:
The best time to sell a car is right after you sell a car.
It makes sense. You're riding the high of the sale, having finally gotten a "yes" after a string of rejections and indecision—you WANT to get back out on the lot and engage with anyone you can. You're motivated and hungry for more.
These days, nothing feels quite as lovely to me as finishing a piece of writing. It doesn't really seem to matter what it is, either—whether it's a submission to a favored website or a quick scribble in my Bullet Journal about a pigeon landing on the balcony railing that day—a similar thrill rises and makes me wonder why I'm not writing something all of the ding-dang time.
But the procrastinator in me loves to put things off; even things I'm deeply interested in. It's easy to brush off the act of writing with a claim towards research, or seeking inspiration by reading other blogs or books or magazines [or going for a walk, or cleaning the kitchen, or suddenly becoming very invested in the idea of lesson planning for whichever English class is next on my teaching schedule].
So instead of pulling up a new blank page after I've wrapped up one piece, I tend to gravitate towards resting on my laurels, savoring the feeling of accomplishment rather than channeling it into further action.
I'm writing this on the heels of hitting "Save & Publish" on this post about a beloved local snack, and I have to say, it feels pretty good to keep up the momentum, even if it's just for a quick blurb.
Apparently, the best time to write something is right after you write something?