A Yak By Any Other Name

So let’s talk about procrastination. As in, I wanted to have this blog up by January 1st, but wound up not getting it done until three weeks later. As in, being easily distracted by shiny things, or even not-so-shiny things. As in, finding absolutely anything to do except what I should be doing, thereby putting even more pressure on myself to get things done.

YakI call this yak shaving. You have a pressing deadline and need to work. You clear off your chair so you can sit at your desk. Then you need to clear off the desk so you can find the keyboard. But as you’re sitting there sorting through a month’s worth of catalogs and bills (oops!), you realize that your desk chair is uncomfortable, so you decide that you can’t work until you have a cushion for the chair. You spend a day searching the web for a cushion, but none of them appeal. So you decide to make your own. Then you spend a day finding a pattern. And then another shopping for fabric. Then make the cover for the cushion. But everyone knows the best filler is yak hair. Next thing you know, you’re on a plane to parts unknown to shave a yak. All so you can have a cushion for your chair so you can get your work done.

Yup, that’s me. And no matter how cute the yak, it’s just a euphemism for procrastination. Which itself is usually, at least in my case, a euphemism for fear. I’m tired of being afraid. I’m tired of losing sleep over pending deadlines, which just increase the fear, the tension… and the stress eating. So one of my goals for this year is to look my yaks in the eye and get a grip on my procrastination.

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3 Responses
  1. Cyndy Otty says:

    Feel free to look my yaks in the eye, too. Though, presently the yak would be the pain and staring at it probably wouldn’t work any better than any other thing.

    On a whole other topic, I love that I stop regularly reading blogs for two plus months — or, um, even bothering to check Google Reader — and everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) is suddenly posting more or moving their blogs or whatever…My entire sidebar on my site is just a list of dead links!

    Also, hi! :-)

  2. I think we might use the same websites…
    Procrastination they name is Taryn. I get you babes.
    Thank goodness we have a great network of people to keep us on track. ;)
    *whipsnap*

  3. Sondra Kelly-Green says:

    Jennifer,
    Found your blog while shamelessly stealing your yak image. I’m an author as well. Would be interested in ‘yaking’ about literary stuff and all. Is this still up and running? Please advise.
    Write On! –
    (In comfort.)
    Sondra