January 5th, 2012
I have been having a crisis of motivation. It doesn’t just extend to law school; it encompasses my job, the holidays, and the myriad household projects that have sat neglected for the last couple of months.
Procrastination is an amazing thing. It’s not that you do nothing when you procrastinate, quite the opposite actually. Personally, I find that I fill my time with all sorts of things so that I might justify why, oh say I wasn’t able to write that Civil Procedure paper on time or call the repairman about the oven that won’t turn on anymore…
I know I’m not alone. I know there are many other potential procrastinators out there and as I am beginning to emerge from the forest of sloth, I thought I would share with you a few of my procrastination techniques.
So, here’s what I was actually doing instead of everything I should have been doing:
1. May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor
I read all three Hunger Games books in about two weeks. I would have probably read them faster but I delayed, knowing that when they were done, I would have to get off my ass and grade my student’s essays, or read property law.
I want to be Katniss when I grow up. I know I never will be as evidenced by my bow and arrow skills at the last Renaissance Festival I attended. I paid my $3 to shoot arrows into a target; I got ready, imagining my arrow flying straight and accurately into the bull’s eye. I pulled back on the bow, and let go…only for my arrow to fall at my feet. I think it was broken, or someone was cheating.
The Hunger Games are freaking awesome, and yes, I geek out like a tween at a Bieber concert when I talk about them. I fully admit to checking the movie sites and debating with my husband the casting choices. Love Jennifer Lawerence, but whoever the pretty boy is that is playing Gail…questionable.
My husband tells me that I legally don’t have the right to use this Hunger Games photo, and on the off chance that one of my readers is someone in charge of such things and I am requested to remove the above picture, I have included an alternate picture of Gail that my three-year-old drew. I think it’s just as effective.
2. Zombies Like Brains, and Time
The Walking Dead is also freaking awesome. I know, it has some cheese; there are moments when I would really like them to stop talking and go fight some more zombies, but all my hesitation was forgiven the minute I got to see the CDC blow explode.
Generally speaking, zombies are my favorite time sucking monster. I have been known to waste an entire Friday night watching George Romero on Netflix or discussing the merits of Sean of the Dead v. Zombieland with my equally awesome husband.
If it weren’t for zombies, I would have finished law school ten years ago. Yes, I’m blaming zombies. Don’t judge.
3. A Lannister Always Pays His Debt, Unless That Debt Is Time, Then You’re Screwed.
Although my schedule was jam packed with time sucking activities I still managed to multi-task enough to watch and read Game of Thrones. The HBO series is seriously excellent, and the book by George R.R. Martin has turned me into a whole different kind of geek, the kind that is actually worried about who is going to take over the imaginary kingdom and debates with my husband the many reasons why Tyrion Lannister is so freakin’ awesome.
I know what you’re thinking, my husband is an enabler, and if it weren’t for his enabling ways, I would have finished law school ten years ago. Yes, now I’m blaming my husband, the zombies are off the hook.
In any case, the season two is starting up in April and I’m about as giddy as a Spiderman Enthusiast the night before ComicCon.
I’ve been doing other things too, like making overly elaborate dinners.
Obsessing over the arrangement of the front yard flamingoes.
I think though that perhaps the fog of procrastination has lifted a little bit. I did my law school homework last night. I’m actually writing a blog. I’m seriously thinking about finishing the edits on my neglected manuscript that’s been sitting on my desktop for the last three months. I’m only vaguely distracted by the squirrels in the yard and all the shiny objects…