I'm calling today's blog entry "This 'n That" because that's the kind of day it is at my end of the computer. I have lots of this 'n that to do. I think it's because I was so focused on the rewrite that I put off a number of other tasks. The first thing I want to do is get cracking on the research for my next newspaper assignment: a story for The National Post about procrastination. I just got off the phone with a time management expert named Harold Taylor. He says procrastination is a natural state, but that it gets people stressed out. Harold says one reason there is so much procrastination in our culture is we have so many distractions -- like the Internet. One point Harold made that I really liked is that getting started is usually the biggest obstacle when we're in a procrastinating mood. "Once you get started," Harold said, "things aren't as difficult. Often it takes more energy to procrastinate than to get something done." Interesting, no?
So this week, I need to find myself a few procrastinators willing to be interviewed. It'll help my story if they have a good sense of humour, too. And the other writing task I've set for myself this week is to get back to my George River manuscript. I haven't looked at it in over a month, so I'm afraid it'll feel like getting together with a boyfriend who's been away for a while -- and not being sure if I still like him!! Well then, I'll let you know if we still have chemistry!! Have a good afternoon wherever you are -- and quit procrastinating!!
Oops -- the main reason I'm reading your blog now, and not later tonight when I get home, is that I'm trying to avoid writing the Robotics Team Essay. And I'm in Robotics tonight to avoid doing my physics assignment... thank you for reminding me I have loads to do and that I shouldn't be having fun on the Internet! I agree that the most difficult step is getting started; if I went to the Library now, I'd finish my assignment, and feel less stressed tomorrow, and, by staying in the Robotics workshop to write the Team Essay, I'm distracted by friends, machining, the Internet -- basically, everything that's going on around here, even people passing in the corridor! ;D
I'd almost forgotten about the George River story... I hope you still enjoyed it, because, based on what you wrote about it on your blog, it sounded really interesting!
i can't wait to read both the books you are working on, as well as the 121 express... when doe sthat come out? I don't mind helping you out with your procrastination task.