(Guest post at Bitch Ph.D..)
This guest-blogging thing is killing me. No Nym makes it look easy, spending the rest of the week cooking up posts so he can spoil us on Tuesday. But dammit, I have two other blogs to maintain (my low-key original blog, which I encourage you to visit if you have anti-squirrel suggestions because one of those gnarly varmints chewed through my screen door to steal my wheat bread, and my crossword blog—yeah, that's right, I'm a crossword geek. Wanna make something of it?), and here it is, mid-morning on my assigned day, and I haven't got anything drafted.
So the natural topic is procrastination. I am a procrastinator. I always have been. Hell, a few years ago I came across one of my report cards from first grade, and the teacher said something about my not always finishing my assignments. I was certainly capable of doing so, but apparently I've just been a procrastinator since my early years. Here's a sample of what I've been procrastinating on lately:
• Editing manuscripts.
• Writing a book.
• Ordering a new toilet.
• Taking the car for an oil change.
• Paying some bills.
• Purging unloved clothes from my wardrobe and donating them to the Brown Elephant.
• Clearing up a crapload of clutter and papers.
• Reading a zillion books.
• Running errands.
• Sending thank-you notes.
• Sending out photos of my kid, family, and friends.
• Returning a Netflix movie.
• Doing laundry, sorting clean laundry, and the worst part—putting everything away.
• Cooking frozen vegetables before they shrivel up in the freezer.
• Writing up condo meeting minutes.
This is just a sampling of what's on my mental to-do list but sits undone. We've been in need of a new toilet for a year now, and all I have to do is go to a store (or just call them), ask them to order this or that model number, and hire a plumber to install it. A year! Objectively, my daily schedule is incredibly cushy and I have ample time to accomplish all these things and more, but I'm far too busy procrastinating to be productive.
It's confession time: What's are you procrastinating on, and why don't you just do it already? Do you have an explanation? Because I don't have a good way to rationalize my own procrastination, and I could use some excuses.