OK, it’s 17.20, and all I’m doing is my usual, bumping round sites instead of working. Instead of succumbing to my procrastination urges, I’m going to note them here until such time as I spontaneously do some frigging work. I will battle Procrastinor, here, live for you until such time as I accept defeat, or I produce an academic paper.
17.20: Urge to look up “procrastination” in wikipedia (seriously)
1722: Thoughts of tidying up my desk
1723: Thought about trimming my nails
1724: Desire for yet another cup of coffee
1725: First thought of doing work
1726: Urge to check emails
1727: Urge to check visitors stats for my blog
1728: Urge to write lengthy account of an imaginary battle with procrastinor
1729: Urge to visit a Max Gogarty forum
1730: Ah, the procrastinator’s dream! A real interruption, a colleague is letting me jump start my bike off their car, so I must be off
1756: Once more back at my desk. No work yet.
1757: Urge to write-up a minor incident that happened while recharging the bike’s battery
1757: Urge to check email
1758: Urge to make a cup of coffee
1759: Urge to chat to George Boardman, who just signed into MSN messenger
1800: Urge to read the draft of this blog post
1800: Second thought of actually doing some work
1801: Starting to do some work now…
1802: Oops, false alarm
1803: No, I’m definitely away now
1810: 7 minutes of work, good. Just putting on some music though, ignoring coffee urge.
1817: Still want that cup of coffee, but still working
1825: Urge to have a cup of coffee, and to look myself up in google scholar
1830: Urge to phone me old mam. I think I’ll be a good lad and give into this one
1845: Right, back to work
1853: Oops, checked my email. Still want that coffee
2003: Breaktime! Time for that coffee at last. So, I’ve finally managed to format my references! That only took more or less two hours of uninterrupted work. At this rate I’ll be done in time for Easter!
2041: Possessed by Procrastinor for a bit there, he had me checking emails, sending emails, playing about with my blog posts, checking the stats, looking at everyone’s blogs. Enough though, back to work.
2042: That’s right, back to work old boy, won’t be long now and I’ll be working away.
2047: Nearly thrown off track by Jenny’s email, but as she suggests I’ll save reading the rest of it until I reach my next break.
2055: If you’ve really got nowt better to do, check out the formatting rules I have to observe with this paper.
2241: OK, another solid bit of work there. Spent most of the last couple of hours drawing a diagram. Oh but you best believe it’s a good diagram. Cup of tea, and breaktime till 2315.
2306: Simian Mobile Disco, now them’s tunes.
2316: Procrastinor tempts me with a commodity price breakout. Ah, he knows what spins my wheel. But I shall not read the article, no, back to work…
0035: Right, concentration’s gone, time to go home. Careful as she goes though, tired boys, motorbikes and ice do not a friendly combination make.