Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Art of Procrastination

It's always amazing to me that if I have one thing that I really just do NOT want to do, all of the items on my to-do list that are neither urgent or (sometimes) necessary seem to call my name and sound SO much more fun to do.

I'm in that dilemma at work today. I have one huge thing I need to just buckle down and do. But instead I have got my inbox down to a an amazingly low amount, I sorted through a bunch of decks and filed them, I followed up with vendors I have been ignoring for months, and I even clorox wiped my desk.

And yet, 3 glorious hours of no meetings (a rarity) later, I have one sentence of this one huge thing, done. And I have no good reason for not getting it done.
I've always known I work better under pressure, but self-imposed pressure is not something I recommend making a habit.

I mean I just BLOGGED about my procrastination to procrastinate a little longer. And the really sad thing is that I clearly have 100% self-awareness that this happening, and yet here I sit still typing.

So if you try to call me tonight, I might just not answer as I'll be addressing my self-imposed pressure between the hours of 6-10PM. But hey--at least I"ll do it in pajamas.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Luck, Maybe we can chat on Wednesday night. Love, Mom

H.Maxwell said...

favorite part= you cloroxed wiped your desk. That's serious procrastination. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You could always go to the cafeteria and organize the condiments by popularity and mass / weight / volume etc...
You could count the number of sprinkler heads in the ceiling of the office.
You could take the keys off your keyboard and clean it...then try to remember which keys go where...
you could weigh your pens to determine which have the lowest amount of ink and arrange them so they get used first for maximum pen effeciency.
If you have elevators, time how long it takes to go from floor to floor - you might find a secret floor.
Hope these help.
Uncle Todd

Scorpicon said...

Sanitizing ones desk is a time honored method of procrastination at work.

Stephanie said...

I hear you! My kitchen is never cleaner than when I have laundry to do...

Anonymous said...

UNCLE TODD NEEDS A COMMITTMENT....NOT A GOAL , A RUBBER ROOM!!!BUT HE SURE MAKES MY FRIDAYS!!!I PULL THE SAME THING WITH THE 'CLOROX'...A GIRL'S GOTTA DO WHAT A GIRL'S GOTTA DO...LIKED THE 'BUMP'...I THINK IT WAS A BUMP OR MAYBE A GOOD MEAL...LOVE TO ALL, TOF