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The Weekend Vote weekend vote: What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

February 27, 2009 at 11:23 PM

Don't get me wrong, I love practicing. But sometimes I have difficulty....getting started!

There are just too many distractions in this hyped-up, hopped-up, information-packed world, and I have always inclined toward procrastination. In fact, for some of us, it's an art. Do you ever procrastinate? When you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing, what are you doing?


From Anne Horvath
Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Reading!  Books, magazines, and internet.

Also, Spider Solitare.  (Shakes fist at Bill Gates).

Not that I ever, ever procrastinate...

From Mary Carlson
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Lately,  I've had to study and write papers as I've gone back to college after 30 years of teaching and being a homemaker.   I still love to practice, but everything else is demanding my time.

From Kim Vawter
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 2:31 AM

There is hope for you youngsters. One day you will find a project that you cannot wait to roll back your sleaves and jump in. For me, this is it. When the light comes into my east room, I forget about exercise, coffee, Facebook or anything else and I dive into my practice. I don't have to do this, I just want to. I want to see how far I can go  before something stiffens up or breaks down.  I guess that is why I cast my vote for the last option---some day you will honestly be able to remove "procrastination" from your vocabulary too.

From J Kingston
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 4:28 AM

I read blogs about procrastinating. I also read books and watch shows about getting organized and being efficient while barely holding chaos at bay every day of my life.

From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 4:33 AM

I tend to switch to other pieces.  There are only so many hours in the day that you can play the same piece over, and over, and over, and over again....

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 6:19 AM

I sew silly, wacky or absolutely gorgeous stuff that is quick to finish. It's procrastination with great instant gratification.Completely opposite to violin work, my sewing is easy, not detail oriented and as wacky as it can be. It makes me feel productive and appreciated. Cooking does the similar thing without the lasting effect sewing has.

From Bethany Morris
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I said talking on the phone mostly because my mother has this sixth sense that tells her to call when I'm in a practice room...  I also use knitting and even homework as a method of procrastination.

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM

I found it hard to choose between writing emails and arguing with people on  Sometimes those overlap, but I try not to argue too much. 

Blogging is another one.  Sometimes it's more fun to write about practicing than actually do it.  And then I can justify it by saying, "it helped me analyze a problem I was having and made the next practice session more productive!"

From Emily Grossman
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I play this word game on facebook, called Prolific.  E. Smith got me started on it.  Don't ever play it, or you will never return.

From Rex Whitehead
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Catching up with the procrastination I didn't finish yesterday.

From Wayne Rogers
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I shop for violins I don't need and shouldn't want on eBay.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 8:41 PM

I play violin! Yes I should always be studying my sciences but have to play violin a little and change my mind! I actually take a five minutes every two hours to go a little on the net (here!) or just lie down on my books and close my eyes (this one is very looser, I know, but my head will burst without these 5 min!) lol

I do not have a cell phone (and don't want because I would lose too much time), am not on face book (but often here!). Eat only at meals. Shopping centers are quite far! Hurray!  I feel less guilty when I think of this!


ps: violinists are naturally curious especially when not on violin! Can't help it!

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on March 1, 2009 at 1:48 AM

My preferred method of procrastination is cruising around the Internet.  This includes and other sites.  I shy away from arguments on and all the other places I visit.

From Karen Dotson
Posted on March 3, 2009 at 3:26 AM

My new addiction is Facebook. When I practice I have to turn my computer and phone off, because I get texts from Facebook on my Iphone and it's so hard not to go and read it immediately which breaks up my practice time.

From Royce Faina
Posted on March 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Read, surf, cook. And plenty of outdoor stuff! There's target shooting at the rifle range, Drive through the mountains, hike, roll down hills, collect wild flowers and press them, amature prospecting either panning or metal detecter, swimming, fishing, taking a stroll, art museum, and the violin....... procrastinating.... I think it's my real career! {;^)

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