I have a midterm tomorrow in one of my worst subjects, statistics. I would rather get guilt ridden text messages from my ex-boyfriends everyday than write this exam. I even shed tears last Monday when I got a lowly 63% on an assignment. In all fairness, I did mess it up big time (I blame the cat-death thing as a distracter). Anyways, I have been having fits of anxiety and discouragement, followed by complete ignorance of the exam.
On the positive side, I have noticed that I am busying myself with other productive tasks. Ahem, right now I am writing this instead of going over the assignments. I have been able to get work done, but I have also enjoyed the sweet fruits of procrastination. What is more, this phenomenon I am experiencing has a name, is a thing, and is a winner of another thing.
“ …. the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.”
Bingo! Therefore, instead of writing out PROC GML code, one might find themselves cleaning, baking pies, or canning.
I may or may not have been doing these things…
OK, I have been doing all these things!
Friday night I made and canned jalapeno hot sauce using ingredients from the Mac Market. I can already tell I am going be the best Grandma. I still doubt all the other titles like girlfriend, wife, or mother- but Grandmother, I got that one all figured out.
To conclude, procrastination has been productive. I want my fellow hard working student body to keep this in mind. We don’t have to be on task 100% of the time. For one it is boring, and for two, there are other more delicious things to make than grades.
Also, I want to urge all of you to try canning. For those with lab skills, this is like a walk in the park, or a nap. Nothing in the homestead comes closer to the feeling of being in the lab (which I know you love and can’t get enough of), than sterilizing jars, measuring liquids, using a timer, etc etc. I only wish I had a sonic bath so I could remove the bubbles from my jars…
Links for Canning
* One warning about working with hot peppers, wear gloves! I rolled my eyes at this warning, ‘yes of course I won’t touch any mucosal membrane with pepper-laden fingers. Sheesh, I am not a toddler’. Except, it actually burned my fingers, never mind my eyeballs. For about a week after my first canning venture my hands were pained to the touch. So be careful.