Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Noble Art of Procrastination

Before getting down to 'work' (as Hodmandod Minor said to me recently it can't really be 'work' because I enjoy it) it is essential that I:
(i) Check twitter
(ii) Check Facebook
(iii) Have a bit of a trawl through Newsbiscuit
(iv) Look at a few blogs
(v) Make another cup of coffee
(vi) Send an email to Hodmandod Senior
(vii) Check twitter again
(viii) Answer a few emails that have come in since I sat down the first time
(ix) Look at the BBC News Website
(x) Peruse Nature Network
(xi) Have lunch.
(xi) Go through (i)-(x) again.

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Anonymous Mary said...

Yes, yes, that's about the way my work at home on Mondays goes.

Fri Dec 12, 03:07:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Which is why I really ought to go back out to my shed where there is (deliberately) no internet connection. Unfortunately it is too cold at the moment, despite my radiator. It seeps up through the floor.

Fri Dec 12, 08:47:00 am  
Blogger Brian Clegg said...

Sounds familiar! I can at least multitask with 'Check Twitter' as I use TwitterFox, which puts my Twitter feed at the bottom of Firefox, so I can see it while doing the other web-based procrastination.

Fri Dec 12, 09:51:00 am  
Blogger stu said...

Are there people out there who don't work like that?

Fri Dec 12, 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Michelle said...

You and me both!

Fri Dec 12, 12:24:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said... that sounds interesting. Thanks Brian!

And Stu and Michelle: thank you for your comments - it's so good to know I'm not alone.

Fri Dec 12, 08:30:00 pm  
Blogger Martin Edwards said...

My trouble is that I have to cram all these displacement activities in after arriving home from a day at the office. No wonder this year hasn't been too productive on the fiction front.

Fri Dec 12, 09:38:00 pm  
Blogger JL said...

You left out 'take a much-deserved nap'.



Sat Dec 13, 07:51:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

You too, Martin! I'd thought that having 'too much to do' like you must have, I'd have thought (as I've said before - how you do it all is beyond me) would have precluded this sort of thing, but no! What is the solution then, I wonder. Maybe old-fashioned will-power.

Ha, yes, JL. I'd forgotten to mention that bit. I can't concentrate on my time-wasting activities if I don't have enough sleep.

Sat Dec 13, 08:23:00 pm  
Blogger Martin Edwards said...

Will power is right! And, of course, a love of writing that borders on the obsessive....

Sat Dec 13, 09:23:00 pm  

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