His name is Procrastination.
I can recall countless times when I have needed to get something done, whether it was an academic or career task, and I've managed to put it off to nearly the last minute. Now I'm not saying I never get around to it. I can recall that all of my tasks have been completed (except for one time in grade 7, but that's another story). Perhaps I don't come up with top-shelf quality work at the last minute, but at least it's done. And it's always good enough - just not above satisfactory.
During my history, I've had many distractions that keep my from my duties: TV, movies, video games, internet (specifically and currently this blog), food, sports... the list goes on and on. I think the most devastating one on the list is food. Man, I tell you, when I am procrastinating, I could eat everything in the house. It's a pretty good excuse my subconscience has. Here, let me play it out for you:
Me: Man, I'm hungry. I can't work like this on an empty stomach.
Brain: Yeah, that's right. Get something to eat. You can get back to work once you are full.
Me: Geez, a whole pizza and still hungry, better eat something else...
Brain: That's it - I'll function better for you once you are full. Nah, better stay away from those carrots and bananas, go for the chocolate.
It goes on like this for a while... I guess it's not really a problem, since it all works out in the end. But I do recognize that it's not healthy, and not the best way to get things done.Things that are currently being procrastinated:
- Work: I need to call A/R depts of couple different companies about outstanding invoices - but I hate talking to CSR's (see: Ughh)
- Work: I need to do some analysis on the taxable payments file before we issue T4A's in Februrary - incredibly dry and boring
- School: Stats assignment #1 for Thursday night. Should take about three hours, I plan to do it during the day on Thurs
- School: For tonight's French course, we need to decide on a topic within french culture for a 10 minute, oral presentation - so far I've got french wines, but that's so booorrrrriiinng.