Is my writing this blog post just another way to procrastinate?

Hello fair readers! I wish I had tons of fascinating stuff to tell you, but alas. It’s summer. I’ve done my galavanting (for now). I’m in get-to-work mode, which isn’t particularly exciting to talk about. I’m doing my best to put in a few productive hours every day.

I don’t know if anyone else suffers from this problem, but I really struggle with the fact that if it’s not work done at a computer — ie. reviewable at the end of the day –then it probably doesn’t count as work. My views of productivity seem so…I dunno…so old fashioned. They’re so trapped in corporate, 9 to 5 thinking. Creative stuff, after all, also happens in the cracks between the traditionally ‘productive’ moments, right? It happens when you’re with your friends. It happens when you’re out for walks. Do I sound like I’m trying to justify the fact that I’m not working enough? Well, kinda… yeah. But truly, I’m also just trying to get a better grip on what it means to put in a good, solid day of academic work.

Can someone tell me what a productive academic day should look like?

I know that more than a few of us are good a procrastination. But hey- apparently procrastination is productive in its own way. Because every time I turn around lately, I feel like some media outlet or another is trying to tell me that procrastination is good for productivity.

For example, see this?

Apparently the little ways we waste time through the day give our little, sometimes overloaded brains time to deal with everything.

In fact, according to this article, a professor at the University of Melbourne has found that “workers who use the web for personal chores or entertainment are 9% more productive than those who don’t.” In other words, taking a break to look at a dumb YouTube video, is actually GOOD for your productivity.

(Hilariously, though, if you spend more than 20% of your time on that stuff, your productivity actually goes way way down.)

I think there’s something to be said for the take-time-off-to-get-more-done approach to living. I took a couple of days off on the weekend for a short, spontaneous getaway to Ottawa. I have to say that although I was only there for about 36 hours, I really felt like time stretched out and I really had time to just be. I didn’t feel guilty about not working – I felt inspired and reinvigorated by art I saw at the National Gallery, by friends I visited with, and from generally being in a different space.

Anyway, as I try and push out a little, useful material every day, I’d be grateful to hear what the rest of you think about this. Is a 4 hour academic workday a triumph? Or a failure? Send me your thoughts.

Here, just to liven things up, is a self-portrait from Ottawa. Tomorrow’s a holiday. Take the day off, ok?


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One response to “Is my writing this blog post just another way to procrastinate?

  1. i would say that it depends on what your goal in blogging is… If blogging for you is just a hobby, then maybe you are just procrastinating to avoid other much important things for you to do… 😀 this is a nice post 😀

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