Getting Crafty With it …

I had forgotten the therapeutic nature of crafting – so set aside a day this weekend to have a wee fiddle.

A friend of mine kindly loaned me her rather extensive stash of craft materials, departing with a wink and a parting comment of ‘I don’t mind what you do as long as you make me something!’ 

 

So I set to and made her a card … then I made another card for someone I know who was having a bit of a rough time of it, and thought – hey this is procrastination taken to a fine arty level FUN!

The project I was working on at the weekend needs refining and I doubt I am going to be making my fortune out of selling them to  gullible foo other folks, but I did find the process of creating something physical with my hands a great way of relaxing my mind and emptying it of all the circulating ideas that get so confused and tangled.

 

The problem with any such displacement activity is that you just want to to do more and more of it, especially as it brings with it a kind of zoning out peaceful trance like quality that is hard to attain when engaged in academic work! 

 

So what to do? Well perhaps treat myself to craft sessions every time I reach certain goals, like a glorified grown-up star chart! Whilst I can see to the outsider this seems like a ridiculous state of affairs, I will do what I need to do to psychologically get myself through this damn process, and if that includes treating myself like a reluctant toddler in order to get myself to do anything productive, so damn well be it! 

 

Who knows it might work!

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Absentminded Blogger

Is it just me or am I the only blogger who keeps forgetting they have a blog?

I start with such good intentions then real life gets in the way and it all goes to pot!

I am clearly the most inattentive and absentminded blogger on WordPress! But I do have an excuse – I have a huge 25k word chapter due – NEXT FRIDAY!!! And I am just scraping past the 16k mark … sloooooooooow progress! So this is an appeal for anyone out there with a spare 9000 words or so – please throw them my way. If they are somehow connected to inimitable Rebecca West or to modernist periodicals so much the better but at this point I am just not fussy!

 

In other news i really should not be sharing this or even playing with it myself – great procrastination can be found playing with Pinterest! Can I tempt you?

Just call me – your bad influence – I have broad shoulders I can take it!!!

I am going back into the word wilderness – I may be sometime … blogging will resume at some point after I have recovered from the imminent collapse of handing in a huge chunk of work! Arriverdecinever goodbye!

New Title – Same Problem!

Ok so yesterday I was having a wee browse on the internet (as you do) in the interests of my research (why else would I surf the net?) when I came across a blipper who claims to have spent the day in ‘active procrastination’.

That’s a new one on me, I thought! So I enquired – how is that different to normal procrastination then? Her reply was that active procrastination is the art of avoiding one job by doing another. The example she gave was that she wrote her first book when she should have been writing her PhD … Little did I know it but I have been actively procrastinating for YEARS! And somehow now I don’t feel so bad about it!

However there is no getting away from the fact it is all a beautifully repackaged version of displacement activity!

So setting manageable goals is the key –  so I am following the 3 in 30 challenge of setting 3 things I want to do each day for 30 days. As a twist to this I will make it a bit of a challenge. The first one will be the thing I like doing least and need to do most. The second will be the thing I don’t mind doing but find it easy to put off and the third one will be a pleasant thing I enjoy doing and would like to do first.

So: Today I want to:

1) read at least one section on the thesis on my desk

2) have at least passed the 13,000 mark on my writing … I have 12,321 so doable!

3) Go out and take a picture for my daily blip that I am proud of. (I spend far too much time doing this and I enjoy it far too much!) Also my blip has now taken on a literary twist if anyone wants to join in just follow me on The People Twitcher