Top 10 is a monthly feature. The things change, and sometimes I break the rules.
I’m really awesome at procrastinating. There’s no way to get around that. Sometimes, I think I procrastinate because I just can’t get ‘into’ what I’m supposed to be doing or my psyche is telling me I need downtime. Welcome to the 21st Century–where we all over-schedule ourselves and have each day structured from the time we wake up until we put our heads on the pillow at night–at a scheduled time.
I guess, to understand why I am in the horrible procrastination conundrum, my daily schedule is a little important.
Monday-Friday, I work a #dayjob teaching. I’ve been teaching for 25 years, now. I’ve got this stuff on-lock. It’s easy for me. I can differentiate instruction on-the-fly, and I can change my lesson plans to suit my students’ needs–even if the execution is MUCH different from my plan–based on their prior experiences. I have medical stuff going on that requires diligence, on my part, and that takes energy. I love editing, but my dream has always been writing. Having gone back to work after a 9-month hiatus, the dayjob sucks up a good part of the day, now. When I was home, I was better about not procrastinating.
So. Ways I procrastinate.
- Planning. OMG, I’ll BuJo or mess with my Wunderlist or Google Calendar for HOURS.
- Making graphics. I suck at it, but I’m getting better b/c of the IG challenges.
- Surfing stock photo sites for models that will be the inspiration for projects. Seriously. Stock sites are black holes for time.
- Journaling. I’m using Google Keep to do some journaling right now (to save my hands, and I can use it on my phone or computer). In reality, I should make this a priority.
- Searching for info about meds, treatments, etc., for the RA. Latest: splints to straighten my fingers.
- Looking for my “unicorn” leggings (in case you’re wondering, LuLaRoe made a pair with owls wearing headphones & there were music notes…I need those in Tall & Curvy, but I think they only made them in OS).
- Attempt housework. Abandon said attempt when Mr. VampBard tells me he’ll handle it so I can save my hands. And he does.
- Researching anti-inflammation diets. Researching whether being vegetarian has any benefits for RA (inconclusive–need to read more white papers).
- Surfing FB groups specifically related to RA and the meds used for it, looking for the ‘magic wand’.
- Jotting down ideas for new stories. Seriously. I shouldn’t be allowed to add any more to my TBW (to-be-written) list without finishing stuff, first.
So, after looking at how I procrastinate, I guess I should build some downtime into my schedule. Huh? Doesn’t really work that way. It’s rather depressing if I plan to do something I love doing and realize I can’t because of the RA. The only reason I can type is that I have an awesome keyboard and a roller-ball mouse. Little movement required to make shit happen. I can’t play my saxophones anymore, and I can’t knit, paint, draw, or craft. I’m hoping that changes, though, as I have a new rheumatologist on-board (Thanks, Kellie!). And, if I were to be super honest with myself, I’m still in the stages of grief. Having a schedule really helps–until it doesn’t, and then I feel like a failure.
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