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Procrastinating - Lists, Music, Matt Haig and Facebook...

6 November 2016 | Post A Comment

I woke up this morning determined to write lots of new posts. I'm writing this on the evening of the third Thursday of October, I've only managed a couple of sentences on a new post. I've got through bits of admin, tricking myself into thinking I was getting things done when they didn't really need doing at all and spent the rest of the time mastering the art of procrastination. I've been doing it quite well. But procrastinating is always fine and good until you look at the clock and realise how much time you have spent not doing what you were supposed to be doing. And then I had my first idea of the day, write about today's adventure around the web in a post. This might be procrastination's worst nightmare, being turned into something productive and worthwhile. 

I don't know how but I got stuck on @yukikosakamura's instagram for a good chunk of time this morning. They don't have many followers but they should have more as their posts are list heaven. I now want to follow all list accounts on instagram and I've discovered it's a massive wormhole of pleasure. Ironically one of the photos was a list on how to stop procastinating, so I promptly stared into space for half a hour waiting for some writing inspiration to happen. 

You probably already know I am a massive Matt Haig fan, I've talked a lot about his incredible book 'Reasons To Stay Alive' particularly in this post. I just think his views on life and level of thought is so fascinating and I'm in awe of his ability to translate them into the written word so beautifully. Cue a couple hours lost in his blog. I'd argue this was time well spent, in fact, I'm fairly certain. I was going to pick out a couple of his posts I'd encourage you to read more than others but I can't, read them all. 

I've also listened to all songs ever released by Kings of Leon and confirmed to myself that they produce amazing music. Please grab some headphones and listen to anything by them. Their new album WALLS is incredible but I can't stop listening to their older stuff. 

Between completing small tasks I pretended were important I often found my cursor (can it still be called a mouse if you use a trackpad??) drifting to my Facebook tab. As far as I am concerned any time scrolling through Facebook that isn't to do with promoting my blog is time wasted. I'd like to petition for the banning of all memes in the name of adding years to millions of Facebook user's lives. Good idea?

If I've learnt anything from writing this post it's that 'procrastinating' has that middle 'r' in it, who knew? And it turns out writing about procrastination is a good way to beat it! How have you been procrastinating today, did you find yourself anywhere interesting?

"Imagination only comes when you privilege the subconscious, when you make delay and procrastination work for you" -Hilary Mantel

6 comments:

  1. Ha, I am doing that right now!! Lots to do and reading blogs instead!!
    Have a great weekend xx

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  2. Haha, hope you read some good posts! Hope you've had a good weekend too! x

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  3. I really love this! I love that you turned procrastination into a blog post, and learnt something new about the word itself haha! But I actually find this kind of fascinating, I love insights into how other people spend their time, when they should be doing something else! Great post!

    Dani x
    Simply Courageous

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  4. This is so me! And thanks to your blog I have added another few items to my to do list (it now stands at 47 items today!). But it's given me a lovely bit of time procrastinating, looking up yukikosakamura on instagram and reading Matt Haig's blog. And I'm currently listening to WALLS. But of course, none of this is really procrastinating, is it, because I've written them on my to do lost so I'm actually being productive :-D

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  5. You're right, it's really interesting to see what people end up doing for hours when they're not meant to! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment Dani xx

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  6. Haha, I hope you enjoyed ticking them off your to do list! Thanks for reading :) xx

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