Word of the Day: Procrastination

When I have something to do, when there’s a deadline that’s coming up, be it a real deadline or one I have made up for myself, I tend to procrastinate.

I don’t know why I do it. I wasn’t always this way. When I was an undergrad I used to have all of my term papers drafted and edited a week before the due date. In my day job as a writer, I take extra precaution to make sure my project are written at least 24 hours in advance; anything less feels like a failure.

But I put off personal projects. Maybe I’m afraid of failure. I mean, that’s why I started this blog in the first place: the blog was supposed to document my failings as a DIYer, haha!

The last DIY project I posted about was at least a month ago. So, how do I procrastinate? It’s easy!

Here’s how:

Check Buzzfeed for new Amazon shopping articles (Do you know what a dream it would be to write those posts? They’re all images!)

Check email

Check LinkedIn

Check email again

Watch the kit kats from the Kitten Academy on Youtube

Look around the apartment and find something to clean

Wash the dishes

Put in a load of laundry

Go to the gym

Check email again

Get lost in a pool of Seth Meyers videos

Go back to the project

Get so frustrated with the work of the project that you put it away; out of sight, out of mind

Check Buzzfeed again, take that quiz you said was stupid and wouldn’t take

Take a shower

Make a snack

Go for a walk

Look at Pinterest

Read for a bit

Take some notes on the book

Check email again

Watch a few episodes of VEEP (On a side note, isn’t Julia Louis-Dreyfus perfection in that show?)

Call it a day and go to bed.

Procrastinating isn’t hard to do, and all that procrastination can keep you busy!

How do you

Word of the Day: Cappuccino

 

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I’ve decided to expand what I do with this blog and have decided that along with writing DIY arts and crafts articles, I’m going to write about the new books I’m reading, and, a short blurb to do with a one-word prompt. By writing a short response to one word every day, I’m hoping to better my writing and keep my creative juices flowing when I don’t have a craft project to work on.

Today’s One-Word Writing Prompt: Cappuccino

The smells of a café, the earthy, nutty aroma that greets you as you walk through the door has the honeyed familiarity of an old friend. The fragrance of the coffee and spices makes the atmosphere feel warm, comfortable and familiar, even when it’s a shop you don’t often frequent.

Anticipation builds as you wait in line. Should your order a pastry? The croissants are flaky and the pound cake moist. A crunchy piece of biscotti might pair better with your order of the day. It’s your turn. The barista greets you with a warm smile and asks you what you’ll have. A cappuccino. A sublime blend of coffee and milk frothed to unadulterated perfection, you cut through the bitterness of the coffee to the sweetness of the milk and…ah, heaven. A well-crafted cappuccino is comfort in a cup. Some like to shoot it like a shot of espresso, I like to sip it slowly and enjoy the notes. Paired with a good book, a cappuccino helps to calm the nerves and bring everything back to the center. The froth and flavor of a cappuccino brings joy to hard day.