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Television and My First 5K!

The problem with research papers is that you need the internet to write your paper, because you need to research as you go. At the same time, though, there are about a million and eight things on the internet just waiting to distract you from actually doing that research. I’ve watched a lot of television episodes lately. I’ve watched Full House, Friends, Modern Family, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and assorted others. I love sitcoms, and it’s so easy to zone out in front of them, and resurface hours later!

I realized that if I really want to maximize productivity (which is, after all, my goal for the month) I need to stop watching television. 

So, from now on, I get two hours of television a week. 

This total includes everything but television watched for class (every so often I’m assigned a documentary to watch) and exercise videos. Other than these two things, though, I won’t be watching any television for a while, at least until I really start focusing on the things I actually really need to be doing! 

In other news, I ran a 5K today! I mean, sort of – the only appropriate term for what I did is “frolic,” but I made it to the end, so hooray! A few friends and I ran “Color Me Rad” which is basically where you run around, and people through colored powder at you. We went all out too – we had tutus, and we were prepared to make the most of it! There’s still powder in my ear, after two showers, which I’m taking as sign that we succeeded. It was so fun letting myself be a kid for a few hours – I got covered in colored corn starch, and it was glorious!

I had a great time, and while I’m hoping that my next 5K will be an actual run, this wasn’t a bad one to start out on! 

 

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Paper? Paper.

I’m working on a paper right now, and while you wouldn’t know it from the progress I’ve made, I really enjoy my topic. It’s one of those things I can really just sink my teeth into, and I’m really excited to finish it! Along the way, though, I manage to spot a million and one other things that I would really rather be doing.

I’ve cut my own hair (my bangs look pretty good – my paper does not.) I’ve eaten a lot of assorted stuff. I’ve played my guitar. I’ve watched a whole movie. And episodes of Friends (many, many, many episodes.) I rearranged my room, to allow for maximum productivity! And then I sat down, at my newly cleaned and reorganized space, and finished this blog post.

The problem is that I know what I’m doing post – graduation. I’ve been accepted into the Teach For America 2014 Corps, and I’m about 95% sure I’m going to accept their offer (I’ve got a lot of capital – f Feelings about this whole thing, but I think I’ve come to an agreement with myself!) It’s a lot harder to concentrate on papers and daily drudgery when I know what I’m doing afterwards.

Imagine that you’ve been working towards a goal. And then, you find out that you are going to/have achieved this goal. The only problem is, you need to spend a year doing the same stuff you were doing before prior to moving on. And your mind says “what’s the point? You’ve already got what you wanted, right? Why bother continuing at all? Spend all your spare time reading novels, playing guitar, writing blog posts, and talking to friends! Do nothing ALL THE TIME!”

And I know I can’t do that. I imagine that if I flunked out of school, TFA would quickly rescind my application. But still.

I just want to do nothing.