I would prefer not to

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 At 6:57 PM

I'm having a Bartleby moment.  Remember Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" -- the scribe who slowly and passive-aggressively began to resist doing anything for his employer?

I currently don't feel like doing anything.  As Bartleby would say, "I would prefer not to."

I'm chalking it up to the typical late-summer exhaustion that I get every year.  First I start counting down the weeks or days until the kids go back to school, and then I get to the point where I'm just treading water, barely managing to stay afloat.  That's the point I'm at now.  (I have three and a half weeks left, in case you were wondering.)

I could have gotten some freelance work done while I was with the kids today.  I certainly had enough down time.  I didn't, however, have enough brain power to sustain that level of multitasking.  After my nine-hour day, I arrived home and sat down at my desk, only to find that I didn't have much will to work now, either.

I went through a little list of everything I need to do tonight, the most important stuff first.  My response to almost everything was, "Ugh, I don't feel like it."

So now I'm doing what I used to do every morning when I freelanced full-time: blogging a little to get "warmed up."  Sometimes it helps.  I'm hoping now will be one of those times.

What do you to to jump start your engines when you would "prefer not to?"


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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