I am super distracted and can’t say that I even know why. It is not like I have a show coming up or something similar. Yes, Rhonda and I are still working on convention stuff but it isn’t that. Thus, I have no clue as to what the heck is causing my distraction or lack of focus. This, of course, is unacceptable. I have so much work to do as it is the end of the term, which means that I have a ton of grading to do, comments to make on report cards, etc. If that wasn’t bad enough, next week we have final exams, which means that I will have a lot more grading to do. Yippee. Grading is pretty mind numbing and I just don’t want to do it. Yet, I must. There is no choice.
Now is the time that I must keep my eyes on the prize. Finish the grading, finish the semester and move on to bigger and better things, like convention planning or preparing a presentation for a conference. I need to focus. Seriously. As usual, I find myself thinking about how music might help me get it together. This got me thinking…are there Duran songs that I might be able to use?
The first song that popped in my head was this one:
I know that this song was taken from a Churchill speech during World War II. My situation isn’t anywhere near as serious but still motivating. I think.
What about this one? Would this one work?
I kinda like the idea of me getting my work done in “my own way”. Although, I could just be giving myself another excuse so when I take 15 breaks, I could just say that I’m grading in “my own way.” Crap. I need something better. Think, Amanda. Think.
I’m not sure how motivating this one is but it feels dang fitting to me. After all, “There’s a fine line drawing my senses together
And I think it’s about to break.” For sure. Big time. Still there has to be something that is motivating, rather than excuse making or a song that represents how I feel like I’m going insane. Geez.
Then, I think about this one.
No, that isn’t right, either. While it feels like winter is marching on and definitely this grading is marching on, that isn’t what I’m going for. I need something more to get my grading pen to move. Come on, Duran Duran, I need your help.
Too much information? Not sure about that, but there is too many papers, too much grading. Now, my students would say that I have assigned too much work and that it is my fault. No, in all seriousness, most of the work is late work or paper rewrites. I guess I could not accept those…ugh. It is my own fault! I’m so stupid. Where is the Duran song for that?!
This one, at least, makes me laugh. All this she wants is to be done with grading. Any idea how to get that to happen?! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Finally, I thought of another one!
Yes, that’s it! I’ll be the last man standing…or in my case, the last woman standing! I will defeat you evil mountain of grading! Nothing will stand in my way.
This last song definitely feels like a reward to me.
After all, when my work is done, I can definitely take the pressure off.
On that note, I better get back to work. Too bad a good Duran playlist won’t get my work done for me. That said, anyone got any other good suggestions for me? Any song to add that will allow me to procrastinate more?! No, that’s not what I need. I need songs to help me focus and be productive. Help me out here people. Please. I’m begging…