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

18 kommentarer:

Chibithulhu sagde ...

Welcome to the Crawling Chaos. This is the world humans immerse themselves in, blind themselves with so they need not ponder the horrors lurking just beyond the edge of the world they know.

you should finish the novels and check out a copy of the Necronomicon. the Donald Tyson edition is most amusing.

Daphnewood sagde ...

Oh Goddess of Procrastination, I offer up to you hours of net surfing instead of scanning in medical documents and getting a paycheck. I have surfed pointless sites such as imdb.com, yahoo news (not real news as we all know) and took several online 'just for fun' quizes. Instead of cleaning the bathroom I baked a cake. Yes, that was a no-brainer but I still offer up all my procrastinating ways. Now I will continue procrastinating by watching the movie called Lady in White instead of helping M-boy with his algebra homework. Who uses math outside of school anyway?!

have a great week!

Chloe sagde ...

Goddess of Procrastination
I want to confess my sins to you:
-Tomorrow i start a new job and i am already bored.
-I have risked falling in love by means of procrastinating. It's better than working on the computer.
-When the house is spotless it means three articles haven't met their deadlines.

kimananda sagde ...

So, Chibi, that's the Crawling Chaos? I always thought that'd be more...you know...chaotic or something. I will gladly take your advice about finishing the novels.

Daphnewood, how was the movie? It sounds vaguely King Arthurish. I just finished procrastinating everything by watching Hotel Rwanda, which I would highly recommend.

Chloe - yes, the cleaning house to procrastinate technique. I think Thor would be really happy if I did that! And how did you risk falling in love through procrastinating?

James Medhurst sagde ...

I really should post a reply to your blog. I'll do it tomorrow...

Chloe sagde ...

sometimes you procrastinate online. this is when bad things may happen if you never want to get to work. See?

Etchen sagde ...

I should be in a seminar att he moment, but blogging sounds much more enjoyable...

What are you going to shcool for?

kimananda sagde ...

Hi James, this made me laugh. :-)

Chloe, now I get it. :-)

Etchen, blogging is always enjoyable. And I'm doing a master's in information science - my paper will be about natural language processing in information retrieval (the module I'm doing this term is in IR theory).

Chibithulhu sagde ...

It's part of the Crawling Chaos. Nyarlathotep has ten thousand forms, none of them very pleasant. He is the god of matter and energy, the maker of the universe as humans know it. The earth gibbers with his voice and the wind whispers with his consciousness. His hand is at your throat, yet you see it not

al-Ferengi sagde ...

I shall watch TV coverage on the election just to avoid to study, I think. But that would be missing the point of structuring procrastination, wouldn't it ;)

Simple American sagde ...

Be proactive. Do something random before something important comes up and destroys your focus on procrastination.

Information Retrieval. I'll look that up tomorrow.

Leslie sagde ...

I took up knitting on a loom this weekend. It is the most wonderful way of passing time. I think I'm up to 20 hours, at least.

Get Thor to help you procrastinate. Make him his favorite cup of Joe and snuggle until his he putty in your arms.

kimananda sagde ...

Chibithulhu, his hand may be at my throat, and I may see it not, and yet I feel the hand, and call it deadline!

Ms. Kuschelblacki - I only saw the election results the next day in the newspaper headlines. However, I fully approve - this is a great way to procrastinate!

Mr. American - If I only had the time to do that! And, you'll look it up tomorrow? Groan...and LOL!

Leslie - That is the best idea I've had in a long time. I'll try that as soon as I get home (maybe with decaf Joe because of the lateness of the hour then). And how do you knit with a loom? It sounds cool!

Daphnewood sagde ...

Kim, I just had to tell you my latest procrastination downfall. I have let my seven year old play hooky from school. How terrible of a mother am I? I let him stay home and promised fun times at the movies. The worst part is that he was dressed and ready to go to school but it was MY idea to keep him home and just escape....I'll do anything to get out of work today

Etchen sagde ...

Hello patron goddess of procarastination--I'm missing reading your posts! ;-)

Daphenwood--I have to just tell you this--you know my all time greatest memories of being little are the few times my mother let me play hooky and spend the day with her--it's great to have your mother all to yourself!

FourLegged sagde ...

Just remember, a Wiseman once said, "Why put off until tomorrow, what you can put off until the next day."

Sangroncito sagde ...

The reason I'm here so late is not because I was procrastinating...it's because I couldn't get the computer in Salvador to take my comment!
But now that I'm in San Francisco for a few days I have the luxury of super-fast internet access and a good computer. So I'm going to stop procrastinating and go to bed and sleep off 24 hours of sitting on airplanes. Boa Noite!

kimananda sagde ...

Daphnewood, that sounds cool! I would have liked to be given a day off when I was a kid...in fact, I'd like a day off now!

Etchen, thanks for the interest in reading my strange missives...I'll be working on it soon!

fourlegged, wiser words were never spoken. And I'll be commenting on your blog soon, maybe the day after tomorrow at the rate I'm going....

Sangroncito - benvindo mais uma vez, and I look forward to hearing how it is being back in SF, even if just for a short time.