Confessions of a Pro: “If It’s That Important…”

Sad but true, “I put the PRO in procrastination.”

Procrastination for me is like coffee-I can’t last a day without it.

But apart from procrastination as a metaphor to my caffeine dependence, I guess I have grown immune to putting off urgent matters for later, and by immunity I mean, I have managed to minimize the casualties that normally surface out from non-productivity.

The reason for this is the kind of procrastination I do: I put off urgent maters for later, and work on matters that won’t matter until later. So, I end up completing tasks that aren’t needed yet, which is quite impressive, but neglect the tasks that everyone else is waiting to be done (but get them done anyway, just in time for the tasks to be done).

Through it all, it’s not as if I haven’t accomplished anything actually. I do accomplish a lot, only that they are not the priority stuff. A classic example would be, I am supposed to be grading student essays so that I could finish up their marks for the first quarter, but then, I found myself ‘googling’ for to die for classroom activities for the next quarter’s lesson. Or, I should be writing my thesis so I can finish my Master’s Degree, but here I am trying to revive my muse through writing blogs.

Basically, this where I am at: I AM LATER DWELLER. My procrastination takes me to later where now is yet insignificant.

And as I work aimlessly (no deadline in mind, no immediate feedback required) for tasks in the future tense, I take pleasure in the comfort of either a book, a pin, a tweet, a post, a blog or a back hug from a Korean T.V. Series, to convince myself that hey! “If it’s that important, it will still be important tomorrow.” Take it from the Pro. 🙂


We all procrastinate. Website, magazine, knitting project, TV show, something else — what’s your favorite procrastination destination?



Everything I Need to Know About Procrastination (and Mondays) I Learn From Garfield

With my horrific Monday hang-over and an interesting prompt on procrastination that I is underway, I think I have found my ideal mascot. Garfield is the epitome of furrball greatness with whom I have felt I am understood for what I feel about Mondays and procrastination and everything else he sees things (diet, food, exercise, to name a few more). It is good to know there is one cat who knows exactly how I feel in this kaleidoscopic complexity called life.

80635-71263 1266848614548_f da92bd896910de6ad95463374103e529 garfield garfield_monday1 garfield_mornings garfield_waste_my_time garfield-ill-stop-procrastinating-tomorrow-2011-wall-calendar-sellers-publishing-hardcover-cover-art garfield-monday garfield-mondays_suck tumblr_ml2ix0hu4q1s3vakfo1_500 tumblr_mq1qdo9w0c1rtut36o1_1280 

(photo credits to google search)

#GOODMORNIGHT: Sleep, maybe?

Blame not my shots of latte.

Studies say so, putting off sleep is a worldwide trend. It is considered as the next big thing to twittering that you might want to start tweeting a hash tag about it. It even has a name: #SLEEPPROCRASTINATION. Finally I have found the word that best justifies the disease I am enduring in a therapeutic kind of way.

My daily prompt is just an eye opener-more like the best thing I need to keep me awake in the next few hours of my bedtime procrastination:

“More and more of us go to bed too late because of sleep procrastination. What are the nighttime rituals that keep you up before finally dozing off?”

If I am not scrolling through tweets and preying on a brilliant sarcasm to retweet, then most probably I am composing a personal tweet in a form of a pun or an oxymoron of the things I have left unsaid for the day. Hash tags for me are virtual punches. Most often, I waste time aiming to construe my insights and judgments through these online blows. Twitter is too loaded of the things I want to say that to me it is a cyber vodka that lets me spill the things I hold my tongue in contempt in real life. When I finally doze off, sometimes I feel that I have forgotten a tweet and my dream is stuck somewhere inside the box that tells me I can only type in 140 characters of my thoughts.

If I am not getting the shock of my life in my facebook news feed, then most probably I am writing a shout out of bits of imagery encompassing the timeline of tenses of English grammar, with my favorite being the now tense or the present progressive. It could be from what I am hearing or what I am feeling, to what I am watching or listening. Facebook is a personality vanity. From time to time, I have to submit myself to a make-over especially when statuses I post sound like a bad hair day. Facebook gives faces to memories on photos too, so if I am not posting status or photos yet, then most probably I am caught somewhere in my phone apps stitching photos in photo grid or pic collage, “theme”-ing up a page in instamag, or exploring filters in instagram. Nights turn to days too if I start cruising youtube or navigating pinterest for varying personal to work-related preferences of music, photos and just about any random penchant as I please. A hectic social life over net turns every lappy-human vicinity into a city that never sleeps.

If I am not working on a sub-plot to my class activities as narrated in my lesson plan or if I am not “googling” for fast facts about new topics, then most probably I am sorting my lappy’s desktop files and placing them in their appropriate folders, emptying my recycle bin or deciding if I keep or delete existing files that I find no use of. With a habit of saving new files or downloads on the desktop, I take a lifetime accomplishing the simplest task of sorting. With ideas for class and work that are like party gate crashers to my official office hours, I cannot keep these cluttered files and tasks from tagging along to my bedside and keep me awake for as long as they want me to, like I can’t control them from stealing my precious hours for sleep and rest.

If I am not counting sheep or listening to Counting Stars and the rest of the songs in my One Republic playlist, then most probably I am catching up on an old movie or episodes of Korean drama that I put off finishing because I convince myself every single day that I am busy. Korean dramas in particular is like drugs that not only get me addicted but also heal me from my woes and blues. Korean dramas outdo twitter, facebook and all other insomnia-inducing social networking sites, in putting off bedtime every after 50 minutes ago when I tell myself “one episode more.” I do not even doze off satisfied. I doze off promising myself I am meeting the lead male actor in my dream and we are going to run together the lines from the drama that I love.

Just recently, I have wordpress, the ultimate outlet of my lengthy sentences, overlapping structures and cliches. Finally I have harbored a place where random scribbles can reside, during my peak hours or most productive moments. The hours that I have found myself to be working magic and nuisance  are between 9 pm to 3 am. Now how can sleep be ever possible?


Researches also revealed that those who are running for pro in bedtime procrastination are the people who never get enough sleep. Truth can sometimes be real nightmare. While the day seems to be under-time, most people like me who suffer bedtime procrastination spend the night shift making up for the things they have missed, although sleeping is the one thing they keep on missing and skipping.

Now the funny thing about bedtime procrastinators is, they do not know what happens after 3 am: is it going to be today? or tomorrow? Now that is disturbing.

How do we greet each other then at 3am?

Good Mornight will do. 🙂

A Dose of Brilliant Quotes


A quote saves you from all the worries about not being spontaneous on what you are about to say.

A quote is a life-saver. It gives you not only nuggets of wisdom but also sentence fillers in an utterly hopeless public speaking occasion.

Here are the quotes I ticked as my favorites in my Brilliant Quotes phone app and the life situations where I am grateful I have a quote to get by:


1. On worrying about the future (why worry about the future?)

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln

2. On feeling hopeless (take it from the funny man and seek for rainbows all the time)

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” -Charlie Chaplin

3. On cherishing friendship (true friends are rare; it is rare to meet someone exactly like you.)

“A friend is, as it were, a second self.” -Cicero

4. On living the life you want (fabulous piece of inspiration, agree?)

“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” -Coco Chanel

5. On sleeping to your heart’s content (I have countless sleep debts and I just have to pay them off.)

” I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know.” -Ernest Hemingway

6. On saying what you need to say (say it, will you?)

“It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.” -John Mayer

7. On dealing with your problems (sad but true)

” Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” -Lou Holtz

8. On handling people who are a pain in the neck (inevitable!)

“There are some people that you cannot change, you must either swallow them whole or leave them alone.” -Margot Asquith

9. On being stunned by life (how true is that!)

“Ever notice how ‘what the hell’ is always the right answer?” – Marilyn Monroe

10. On procrastinating (definitely my favorite)

“Never put off tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” -Mark Twain

11. On appreciating simple joys (this keeps me obligated to give myself a me-time)

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” -Mark Twain

12. On letting dreams be (the other side of chasing dreams that goes easier for lazy people)

“I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they are going and hook up with them later.” -Mitch Hedberg

13. One being selfless (my favorite for mothers’ day)

“We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

14. On being committed to someone for a lifetime (the message I gave for my high school best friend’s wedding)

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” -Mother Teresa

15. On taking it easy on work (just when I am close to be working hard than normal, this saves my day)

“I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say, why take the chance?’ -Ronald Reagan

16. On taking a time off (sometimes you just have to forget in order to move forward in life)

“Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I have forgotten this before.” -Steven Wright

17. On heading where the roads lead (trust your feet!)

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.” -Voltaire

18. On making every moment count (I always tell myself I don’t have time or don’t have enough, but this quote brings me back to my senses)

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hours a day.” -Zig Ziglar

19. On finding fulfillment in life (cliche but this I say to myself and to others most of the time; overused in my speeches, too)

” Life  is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 20. On loving someone truly (love is a mystery and Coelho made everything about love a perfect sense.)

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” -Pauo Coelho


Quotes speak to us like a preview of what we want to say to ourselves if we only trust our own brand of wisdom, says the poet in me. 

I was tempted to write an intellectually sounding anonymous name after this conclusive insight I have about quotes like what a tumblr post I came across with said and it sound like the best way to get people to pay attention to a quote or post is to put an anonymous or famous name after it.

Oh well, as for me, quotes are just amazing day boosters that I could not last a day not having one to talk myself into believing.