Recovering from a big project

November 2, 2011, 9:45 am

Yesterday I had to turn in a major administrative report, one that took about six weeks to prepare and required bending nearly 400 people to my will. (My spouse says this makes me the equivalent of a lieutenant colonel. I like that.) As a result, there are many, many tasks that I put off until November 2: manuscripts to review, a paper to revise and resubmit, encyclopedia chapters that I agreed to write, emails to answer…

Sleeping cat, hiding his face with his paw

What I'd rather be doing right now.

Now I’m sitting here, staring rather blankly at my computer screen wondering where to start. I feel like my brain is broken. It’s like a work hangover. I know I should just put down the Halloween candy, close Firefox, open up any one of these files, and just get started. But all I want to do is go back home, get under the covers, and finish reading the amazing novel that I’m about 2/3 of the way through.

But alas, people are depending on me. I will resist. If I can get 400 people to do what I want, surely I should be able to work that sort of magic on myself. Right??

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