Saturday, September 27, 2008

ridiculous procrastination

It's interesting to me how I continue to sink to deeper and more ridiculous levels of procrastination the closer I get to my next packet deadline. Here is what I have been doing lately to avoid writing:
  • Wasting time on Facebook (nothing new there).
  • Scrolling through home tours at Apartment Therapy and daydreaming about all the ways I could fix up my apartment.
  • Looking at lolcats.
  • Ordering things online. This morning, even though I knew I had limited time today and wanted to get right to work, I ordered a plastic chair mat to protect my floor, a tray for Cleo's cat food and water bowls, a new drain strainer for my kitchen sink, gray shoelaces, a litter-trapping carpet square for Cleo's litterbox area, and a new toner cartridge for my printer. All things I need and have been meaning to get for some time, but it certainly didn't have to be TODAY.
  • Deciding I absolutely must buy a pot rack right now, then, after looking around for way too long at different types and measuring the space above my stove and looking at photos of other people's kitchens online, deciding I need more time to figure out exactly what I want/need in that department and not ordering anything.
  • Emailing all my friends to whine about how I'm not getting any work done.
  • Eating Lucky Charms.
  • Feeling bad after eating too many bowls of Lucky Charms.
  • Watching Dexter on Netflix.
  • Looking up Rita from Dexter on imdb because it was killing me that I couldn't figure out who that actress was, then being really appalled at myself for not immediately realizing it was Julie Benz, who played Darla on Buffy/Angel. Did I not just recently finish rewatching all of Buffy? Yes. Yes, I did.
  • Playing with the Pandora Radio website.
  • Trying to find (more) good music to write to.
  • Taking on more freelance editing work and then doing that instead of writing because it's due even sooner.
  • Scheduling and then unscheduling personal trainer appointments.
  • Scheduling and then unscheduling doctor and dentist appointments.
  • Looking up "unscheduling" on Merriam-Webster and deciding to use it even though it's apparently not a real word ("unscheduled" is a real word, but "unschedule" and "unscheduling" are not).
  • Making way more plans with friends than I should even think about making right now.
  • Collecting books for one of my essays and then not reading them.
  • Posting to my blog.

All right. Now that I only have about an hour of worktime left to me today, I should get to it. And then tomorrow, tomorrow, I will REALLY start working early in the day. Until it's time to get ready to go out because of course I have plans tomorrow evening, too.

Sigh. And also: sigh.


  1. Wow. You truly are a master. We can all learn from your example. You might even be the Yoda of Procrastination.

  2. You've given me more ways to procrastinate. Thanks, I think.

    Unscheduling should be a word.
    Just like protagging should be a word--it the opposite of procrastinating and is what our protagonists should be doing.

  3. My pleasure, Sarah! :)

    I like protagging. A good word for characters and authors alike.