Posted by: joha5 | June 14, 2010

Procrastination v. Motivation: A Battle of the Titans

Even though I have been unemployed for quite some time I actually consistently forget what it is like to actually be unemployed.  This is not to say that I enjoy the fact that I am unemployed at all.  Rather, I think it speaks to the fact that I am just pretty good at keeping myself busy.  Granted, I have had a part-time job for the better part of this year which at least has given me a break in my day where I have to and work for 3 hours at a time.  Having a definitive time where I know I have to be somewhere or do something has really served to motivate me to do things that I normally hate doing.  As of today, I no longer have that for the next couple of weeks and I already feel it weighing on me. 

There is always something to do.  Network with this guy.  E-mail that person.  Call and arrange a meeting with that lady.  Go for coffee with those alumni from my college.  Apply for that job.  But now I feel like I have all day to do it which only exacerbates any level of procrastination that I may already have.  The fact that the World Cup is on for the next month isn’t really serving as a decent catalyst for work either.  So now I find myself waking up at 7:30 every morning to watch 3 soccer games everyday – I’m actually watching the Japan v. Cameroon game as we speak – and the World Cup games are winning the battle for my attention every time. 

This event derails me for one month every four years...and it couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time in my search for a career.

Part of me excuses procrastinating because I actually have been working a lot recently at the school I have been teaching at, on applying for jobs and finding the right people to talk to, and so on and so forth so this two week break before I move on to my next job is a well-deserved one.  At least that is what I tell myself.  Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.  I suppose the only person I am hurting is myself should I not continue to press my nose to the grindstone and work on developing possible career opportunities.  But, then again, the only person that I am benefitting by taking some time to enjoy myself during my time off is me and I feel okay with that. 

This isn’t really a question of absolutes.  I’m not going to sit around my house for two weeks waiting for my next job to start but I am also not going to work harder than I ever have before because I have an extra couple of hours away from a job everyday.  The fact that I have time off means that I should be responsible by enjoying myself and by doing the work that I need to do.  This really is a question of getting up the motivation do do the things that I need to do since I essentially have no parameters on my time.  It’s just too bad that finding motivation and staving off procrastination is so damn difficult. 

I now have a couple of hours until the next game starts and I should be able to catch up on my e-mails, apply for a job or two, and get some lunch together just in time before the game starts.  As I sit here opening up my e-mails and preparing myself to do what I need to do I just can’t help but think to myself ‘My God.  The Italy v. Paraguay game cannot come soon enough’.  This is going to be a long 2 weeks.



  1. Frankly, I wish Procrastination vs. Motivation would have been one in the series of those great movies made in Japan in the 50s and 60s like the Rodan and Godzilla epics; when Motivation breaths fire, it’s serious, damnit!

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