Distraction 101

I discovered Twitter. And it’s the worst. Because it’s awesome. (Which means I have added another distraction to my already very big heap of distractions).

How is it possible that so many people can be funny in less than 140 characters? It’s impressive and intimidating at the same time and I like it A LOT.

Since I’m a postponing/procrastinating expert I thought it was time to provide you with a top ten things to do instead of writing 🙂

Behold a list!

  • Go to the gym (whahaha <- this is my evil laugh, but seriously: GO)
  • Make an artistic grocery list (I usually make drawings of the things to buy,  a very insufficient way to get your shopping done. Trust me).
  • Read books (this will keep you busy FOREVER and EVER).
  • Look at the blank screen and then read ALL THE THINGS the Internet has to offer. Which are many, think: Twitter, Blogs, Bored Panda.
  • Have kids, they will provide you with enough things to do for the next ten years (or more).
  • Make an Instagram account, you can look at other people’s pictures every day.
  • Pinterest! You can call it research if you like.
  • Your home is never clean enough.
  • Arrange your pencils by color.
  • Do the same with books

Perfecting Postponing

I was going to write this blogpost the day before yesterday, but then I was too busy and when I wasn’t busy anymore I was too tired. Yesterday I had to work, and after work, I’d a couple of drinks with some friends and when I got home my computer stopped doing what I wanted it to do. Today I was supposed to get back to editing my story but instead postponed that to write this blogpost.

And I couldn’t help but wonder: WHY DO I DO THIS?

A quick internet survey gives me some insight in why I’m constantly doing things I shouldn’t be doing, delaying projects, taking procrastination to a higher level, and so on.

What The Internet tells me is that Postponing is WRONG. You should be getting THINGS DONE. And if you’re not doing them you need to assess your life goals, get your priorities straight.

I think the Internet has it wrong. Because I like Postponing

It’s not that I never finish something. I have these weekly bursts of energy in which I can clean the whole house, write three chapters, answers ALL boring work emails and more.

I think I have a deadline addiction


Would it stress me out less if I had a tight schedule and stuck to it?


Would it make things easier?


So Irene, why don’t you make a schedule/ stick to it/ stop postponing?




I don’t need to stop postponing, I just need to perfect it.

Having a tight schedule and sticking to it feels somewhat like this:


I work at the Research Cardiology department and I can assure you, this is not good. It means your heart has no electric circuit keeping you alive. A normal rhythm looks like this:


See all the ups and downs? This is what I want my postponing behavior to look like. Some giant spikes in productivity, some-postponing-doing-nothing-in-particular- downs. Tiny sparks of doing things, followed by periods of doing nothing.

Postponing is not a problem if it’s a rhythm that works.