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Procrastination

February 20, 2008

This is my study day. This means that I’m usually slaving over books all day and using the time wisely. Seriously, would I lie?

Today I seem to have got myself involved in other tasks: having a long lie (ok not strictly a task but quite necessary after being woken up at 4.55am by Dad asking what time it was!?); doing dishes and tidying up (my default position during times of procrastination or being in a bad mood); running David to university when he could have easily got the bus; visit to Dad’s to see how he is, do some cleaning and re-organising of drawers in a perfectionist like fashion which of course he so badly needed (in my head, not his) and now I’m expecting another phone call in the middle of the night asking where his socks and vests!

Finally I’m at my desk. I’ve visited moodle, got the necessary tutorial and questions for tomorrow’s stats lecture and I’m raring to go. Well actually I’ve been raring to go for the last hour and a half and all I’ve done is:

Completed Dr Phil’s personality test on Facebook which tells me that ‘others see me as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical and always interesting; someone who’s constantly in the centre of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head (of course!). They also see me as kind, considerate, and understanding; someone who will always cheer them up and help them out’. I’m not sure how true this is but since I answered all the questions honestly, it’s either (a) the truth (b) possiblly kinda the truth based on it’s lack of indepth questionning (c) not the truth. Think I’ll go with (a) because that actually makes me sound quite likeable!

Compared my ‘things you look for in a friend’ questionnaire with Sharon on Facebook and it seems we are 68% alike (why oh why are these quizzes on Facebook so compulsive!?)

Read Sharon’s message and replied accordingly (no time like the present)

Checked email and realised Lesley had written so I had to write back (obviously!)

Set up new files for semester 4 because I have so much paperwork to file already

Downloaded information from lecturers and filed accordingly in aforementioned new files

Now I’m writing this and the stats homework for tomorrow has yet to be tackled. I’ve also got some reading to do for Law and Healthcare and prep for Perspectives on the Human Experience through the Arts, both of which I rather like actually.

I guess I’m procrastinating.

putting off intentionally and habitually; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time; dilatoriness: slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it; the deferment or avoidance of an action or task to a later time and is often linked to perfectionism

Personally I think it’s because I’d simply much rather do something else!

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