Yesterday I downloaded an app called Kegel Camp, after hearing about it from the folks at that fantastic sex toy store, Good Vibrations. The app’s exercises are supposed to strengthen your PC muscle, which can help with things like bladder control issues, sustaining longer erections, and creating more pleasurable, longer-lasting orgasms for women and men.
But what does this have to do with procrastination, you might ask. Any ideas?
If you guessed that yesterday, during the hour I had set aside to edit my novel, I instead read the GV email, downloaded the Kegel Camp app, and successfully completed Round 1 of my new kegel training program, you guessed right!
This blog post is a simple nod, a shout-out, a “hey, I SEE you over there!” to all the funny, silly little ways we get out of doing the things we want to/need to/know we have to do. I’m willing to tell people how I procrastinate at times. What about you? Any favorites?
Was it terrible what I did yesterday? No. Am I more educated about kegels? Yes. Am I benefitting from kegel bootcamp? Probably. It’s too early to say. I’ve only done two rounds so far. But it was a distraction nonetheless.
After finishing my exercises, I smiled, thanked my “down there” muscles, forgave myself for the distraction, and went back to my editing work. And I got a lot done. For the most part, that’s how it goes for me. As long as I set aside the time to edit or write, I do it. For the most part. But every so often I find new and creative ways to, well, avoid my creativity.
A few other examples of how I’ve procrastinated lately:
1. “Hey, maybe I should learn Shanghainese?”
2. Counting the outlets in the new apartment I’ve rented in Shanghai: 14
3. Counting how many times Nicki Minaj makes the sound “day” in that David Guetta/Flo Rida song Where Them Girls Are (I lost count. It’s a lot).
And a blast from my procrastination past: In college during finals week, my dorm room was the neatest it had ever been.
As I asked earlier, “What about you? Any procrastination standbys? Or any new ones that would like to stand up and take a bow?” I think it would be fun to share the various and sundry ways we put off doing the important work in our lives. And it might help us to get back to our work with a clean conscience.
Stay tuned for the next post, where I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in the trenches re: overcoming procrastination. Some of the answers may surprise you.