søndag, november 13, 2005
I am procrastinating. I am a procrastinator.
Yes, I am still the patron goddess of procrastination. I was beginning to doubt this myself, just for a while. For the past couple of months, I have successfully managed my time so that I could go to school full-time, work half-time, and still have a life. I was planning my lessons more in advance than usual, ahead of the reading for my course, and not even that stressed - in fact, compared to how I usually am, I was practically comatose with relaxation. I was even able to read novels and blog a bit. Until I finished the assigned reading for my course that is, and my brain shut down. Now, I can't seem to do anything that I would like to do. My patron goddess status is back, in a big, big, really big way.
The timing of this is not good, though what would be good timing for procrastination? I am attempting to follow the Structured Procrastination approach to counter it, which in essence advises the procrastinator to have lots of different things to do, and to procrastinate some of those things by doing some of the other ones. I do this naturally, as I suspect do many others. And I have lots of stuff to do. A 25-page paper to write (and all of the researching and reading that goes with this, as well as a small experiment which must be planned and carried out). Novels which must be read before the library wants them back. Reading the newspaper in Danish (and reading some in Portuguese wouldn't go amiss either). A cross-stitching project which I have promised to have finished for a cute, friendly, well-mannered 4-year old of my acquaintance by Christmas (well actually by her birthday, which was last week, but I had warned her that it might not be ready until Christmas). Blogging, by which I mean writing actual posts, as well as commenting. Teaching myself HTML. Cooking a bit more than I do now. Cleaning occasionally. And I can't seem to do any of it. Well, or at least not without a lot of stress, nagging and grief before each activity.
Well, now that I've got that out of my system, and in so doing put off doing anything else, it's time to continue with my other work. Let me see, should I cross-stitch in order to avoid studying HTML? Or should I read one of the novels that the library won't let me renew in order to put off reading an article or two for my paper? Ahh, the possibilities, the possibilities are endless.
*Photo: The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, August, 2005