13 Ways of Looking at Procrastination #sol18 #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

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1. Find a metaphor: percolating, steeping, fermenting.

2. Consult your horoscope: “Your sixth sense is right on target, Cancer, so trust your instincts today. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.”

3. One more cup of coffee.

4. This is why Internet rabbit holes were invented.

5. Chores appear oddly compelling.

6. Cognitive reframing: I am not procrastinating. I am seeking the missing piece of the puzzle.

7. Device distraction: Twitter, Netflix, Stitcher, Facebook, Kindle.

8. What’s that out the window?

9. More cognitive reframing: “Procrastination is a sign of the perfectionist.”

10. I see dirt I’ve never noticed before. It bothers me.

11. The buzz of an incoming text message.

12. A sock drawer cries out for a Marie Kondo tidying up.

13. Perhaps a short nap first.

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19 responses to “13 Ways of Looking at Procrastination #sol18 #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

  1. arjeha Avatar

    I was going to comment on your post earlier, but… 🙂

  2. freeyourmindwriting Avatar

    Holy laughing hysterics! I could relate to each and every one of those bullet points! (Oops, I think I just called myself out.) I would have done the same as arjeha but just like my immediate bursts of laughter exploding at the end of each line…there was no procrastinating over telling you this was the best.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for your comment! This one was a lot of fun to write…. AND it took me down many an Internet rabbit hole so I could procrastinate A LOT.

  3. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    I love this list poem! It reminds me of a piece of writing a student of mine just wrote…about procrastination!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It seems like a good topic for a list poem.

  4. Amanda Potts Avatar

    heeheehee. I can’t even choose a favourite – just too perfect.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Amanda. I don’t really consider myself a procrastinator: I’m a percolator!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I don’t actually nap, but I imagine it would be an excellent procrastinating technique!

  5. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    #12 is my favorite. I have been putting off the spring cleaning I want to do because I know what taking that on will mean for my poetry goals and grading. Speaking of procrastinating, I started a “Thirteen Ways of Looking at…” poem three weeks ago after teaching Wallace Stevens’ poem. As you likely know, I have not finished it.

  6. Pat Holloway Avatar

    Love this list poetry! It fits me all too well.

  7. karpenglish Avatar

    This reminds me very much of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” which I am sure was deliberate. I love it! I feel that way working from home sometimes. Strange things can become bizarrely compelling when I just cannot face reading one more research paper! (And in my actual classroom days, I’d have random fits of needing to reorganize my file cabinet or clean out my students’ returned papers files!)

  8. carwilc Avatar

    This made me laugh out loud! I think you must have been watching my poem writing efforts this month. Although I don’t think I have ever succumbed to #5 or #12!

  9. cweichel Avatar

    Big grin from me here. I keep telling myself, “It’s almost over.”

  10. readingteachsu Avatar

    You speak the truth so well.

  11. margaretsmn Avatar

    #14 read blogs about the very thing you should be doing.

  12. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar
    Michelle @litlearningzone

    Yes, this was procrastination perfection! I love it (and yes, this is me too…) Like right now I should be … but instead … You understand. 🙂

  13. Ramona Avatar

    Love the cat meme (is that what they’re called?) at the beginning…I’m just extremely productive at unimportant things!

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