procrastination with my alter ego Jo: the interview

Thank you for reading my blog. As you probably noticed, it’s been awhile since my last post. It’s been about a month. Inconsistent, I know. Why? Well, it’s mainly due to procrastination. Procrastination? Light bulb. I thought, what a fascinating subject procrastination is. I want to further investigate. So, I decided to interview my alter ego Jo. Jo is wild. She’s unkempt and disorganized. But her biggest problem is waking up on time. I had the opportunity to talk to Jo and her struggles. And on this particular day, she woke up on time.

This is that interview.

Recording begins.

CHO: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.
JO: Absolutely. No problem at all. Please have a seat.
CHO: Is this okay? (points at a chair)
JO: Yeah that chair works.

[I had been standing for about good 5 minutes because she seemed really self-conscious of where I could or couldn’t sit. ]

CHO: So, typically, I like to start the interview with a simple one word question: Why?
JO: That’s a very good question.
CHO: Please take your time.

[We sat in silence for about 7 minutes.]

JO: So, for a really long time, I struggled with something that everyone talks about but not really understanding how serious of a problem it is. Procrastination.
CHO: Procrastination?
JO: Yes, Procrastinators get associated as being lazy, wasting time, distracted… there’s just so much negativity around procrastination that… I really felt that someone needs to stand up and–

[She stops talking midsentence. She goes to her phone. I wait for about 11 minutes until she returns to answer the question]

JO: Sorry. Something I said reminded me of a video and had to check it out. It’s a really funny video of all the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge fails. It’s so funny.

[I had to check it out myself. She was right. It was really fun. Here’s the link. It’s about 10 minutes long[After spending about 20 minutes watching videos, we reconvene with the interview]

CHO: So Jo. Let’s talk about your triumphant win of not turning off 4 alarms that were set alarm-clock-iphone-list.jpgand actually waking up and arriving to work on time.
JO: Holy shit. We’re going there.
CHO: Yeah, we are.
JO: I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t hard.
CHO: I’m sure it wasn’t.
JO: You see, when that first alarm goes off, it triggers an impulse that is so undeniably out of control that you can’t help but want to be in control. So you turn it off.
CHO: The alarm?
JO: Yes. And in the past, I would set another alarm to give myself another 20 minutes of sleep. But this one time… I decided that I wouldn’t do that.
CHO: You didn’t?
JO: No. I… (voice breaks) I stood up from my bed and made sure my body was waking up.
CHO: Incredible.
JO: I ran to the bathroom and washed my face with cold water. I stayed awake for the rest of the day.
CHO: Thank you so much for sharing your story.
JO: My pleasure.

End of recording.

Now, I don’t know if I’ll actually pursue this subject. Maybe I will or maybe I won’t.Don’t pressure me. I may never know.

JO: It’s still going.
CHO: Oh. I thought I hit “stop”.
JO: You should just use the Voice memo on your iPhone.
CHO: Yeah… probably easier but I like these old recorders. Pretty cool.
JO: Yeah but you’ll have to digitize it.
CHO: Well, it’s going on a blog post.
JO: What? Why are you recording it?
CHO: So I can transcribe it.
JO: That’s dumb. Post it on Soundcloud.
CHO: It’s my art, my choice.
JO: It’s still recording.

Click.

 

 

 

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