I’m not writing today because I need to clean. There are dishes to do, meals to prep, carpet to be de-furred (three cats + one dog = pet hair tumbleweeds overnight), and basically everything looks important and more fun than writing, right now. It’s great to avoid writing by being productive at something else. It’s such a convenient reason! Thanks, dog footprints on the carpet. You’re the best.
Yes, there are definitely more important things I need to do today than write.
Look! Look over here! The bathroom sink clearly needs a good scrub. Maybe a baking soda soak, while I’m at it. Look. Go on. It’s all so fascinating.
It’s self-care! That’s what it is. Self-care. It’s not procrastination or fear of failure at all. I’m just taking good care of myself. And, really, who can write with a sink full of dishes staring at them? Not me, that’s who. No siree.
When was the last time I washed the cat beds? Too long ago, that’s when. I have time for a load of laundry while the dishes run. It’s not like I need to watch it. I just need to get it started. There will be plenty of time to write after that. Plenty.
Should I run the carpet shampooer? I mean, maybe I should? I did already vacuum three times, to make sure I got up all the pet hair. If I’m going to do that, maybe I should go ahead and run the shampooer. Might as well, right? I’m halfway there, already.
Oh, oh! I could sweep! The entry way needs a tidy up. Groceries? How am I for groceries? If I’m going to pick up groceries, I’d better clean the fridge, first, and if I’m going to clean the fridge, I need to take the trash out, and if I’m going to take the trash out, I might as well empty all the trash cans.
And… and… and….
VACUUM ALL THE THINGS.
So that’s why I’m not writing today – I need to vacuum.
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6 thoughts on “VACUUM ALL THE THINGS”
Gah! I’m cracked up! Is it bad that’s how my mind works all the time? I never thought of it as procrastination. My husband calls it ADD. At least some of the cleaning happens.
I’ve started to suspect that it’s a particularly sneaky form of procrastination. I can’t possibly be putting something off! See how productive I’m being?? 😛
Cute dog. I sometimes do a deal with myself. List the jobs that need doing. Get one done and then have some computer/recreation time then get back to the jobs and so on. But sometimes I make the list and don’t tick anything off lol.
I like how you think. I’m not above a little self-bribery, either.
Oh, that’s me, too! Whenever there is something I REALLY. SHOULD. GET. TO. , I think of everything and anything else to do.. all good stuff, mind you, but why is that?! Weird how the brain works! I love your posts! 🙂 Cute little pup there!
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