For today's slice, I thought that I would write an Ode to Procrastination. As I write I'm sitting at home working on a proposal for my doctoral dissertation. On Monday my advisor will arrive in Kuala Lumpur, after travelling from Boone, Iowa, and will be spending a week with me. Dr. Walrod is a human dynamo, pro-active, intelligent, caring and nurturing. She keeps me accountable and honest.
I have another 10 pages of research to add before she arrives, however, I wanted to share a little secret, even though I appear organised I do tend to procrastinate, especially if I need to complete a task I'm not interested in or have trouble engaging with. I set myself small goals, 40 minutes research, 10 minutes break. I tidy my work area, clear the desk, even dust the desk. I check grades, add grades, anything but work on what I should be doing.
Procrastination is such an amazing word. According to Etymology Online, it stems from Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare "to put off till tomorrow; defer, delay".
Ode to Procrastination
Relaxing, knowing I have time
Counting the days to complete a task
Preferring to do anything else
Looking at due dates, buying time
Leaving the task to the last minute
Enveloped in stress
Vowing to never procrastinate again!