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Posts tagged ‘procrastination’

U is for Undone

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Undone. A too commonly word used in my life right now.

Did I finish the dishes? Nope, undone.

Did I vacuum the living room? Undone.

Did I blah blah bah? (I think you have the idea now and the correct answer)

Yes, I am a procrastinator. My usual response has been that I work better under pressure. In reality, that is no longer a valid statement for all circumstances.

As I get older (ha, today is my birthday), I physically can’t move as fast or for as long as in the past. I can’t work late into the night and get up full of vim and vinegar anymore.

I need to find a way to get rid of the un and turn undone into done.

Chocolate rewards should work, don’t you think? Don’t I wish!

Reminds me of the Guess Who song.

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Getting Back on Track

My original purpose for the MsMouseCleansHouse blog was to create some sort of tracking and accountability for certain aspects of my life. One part was cleaning up the house and getting back to some sort of organization. I was doing OK when I started, and then Daughter came home for a month.

For whatever reason, that seemed to derail me. But she has been back at school for a week and I am rip-roaring, ready to tackle the house again. WAHOO for me!

One thing I did over the weekend was to get her room back into a livable condition. I even started sleeping in her bedroom as it is much cooler downstairs. And I have started working on the sewing room. That’s going to be a huge chore.

I seem to have a fear of starting a task that seems too big. I need to just jump into it without thinking about it and deal with little steps. Unfortunately, I do this a lot. If I can’t finish something, I have trouble starting it.

Example: I use a lawn service for my yard which is too big for me to mow it myself (since I’m old and decrepid, and don’t function in the heat). Once a month I gather their invoices and pay them. However, lately I have gotten into this delay mode, and get around to paying them a week later. But then I have another invoice so it’s another delay., This has gone on for two months, until I was sent an itemized bill. I paid it ASAP and now am feeling guilty for my lack of action. It was a kind of eye-opener for me.

Thus, I’m back on track. Here are my goals for this week.

  • Declutter the kitchen.
  • Fold and put away the laundry.
  • Reorganize the bookshelves.
  • Order the new hardware for the upstairs bathroom.

There — that should keep me busy for a few days. I’m not putting a lot on this week as I’m quite swamped at work and putting in some extra hours.

By the way, I am supporting National Chocolate Milk Shake Day while writing this. Yummmm…

Strangled Plans

All systems were go for picking up Daughter from summer college on Tuesday/Wednesday. And then the strangulation of my plans; remember, I plan my next breath (read here). Daughter found out about a work-related luncheon that occurs on Wednesday, which would push the plans back one day.

I broke that planning choke hold with tenacity and said “That’s OK, just let me know by Monday night.” I amazed myself and it truly does not matter whether it will be Tuesday/Wednesday or Wednesday/Thursday. Now that I have had a few minutes to even think about it, later would be better; gives me a bit more time to finish up some things around the house.

And I am now considered Ms. HandyMouse as I replaced a broken light switch without electrocuting myself or burning down the house! I read a couple of fix-it books, checked out info online, and just did it. The only slight snag was that the broken switch was in the basement with no outside light available. Needing to hold a flashlight while doing electrical work is a juggling act to behold. But I did it and “let there be light.” The sad part is that the light switch broke 2 weeks ago and I have been petrified to fix it.

Guess all those raspberries I had for breakfast gave me strength to overcome my unreasonable fears and anxieties. Did you know that raspberries are high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C, K, and E, and rich in B-complex goodies!  They are the wonder berry, and very berry tasty too.

Too bad ice cream can’t do that.

Procrastination Nation

Photo by Simon James (http://flavor.me/MenageAMoi)

I’ve been trying to analyze some of my issues that have resulted in the mess I’m currently in.

Yes, I am a procrastinator. But sometimes, I’m not and I’m trying to figure out the triggers for both situations. I am also a perfectionist and know that “if I can’t do it right, I often won’t do it at all.” Plus (if that isn’t enough), I have a hard time figuring out where to start if the job seems too big. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that I am infamous for planning everything; I even plan my next breath! So why can’t I plan this? Why can’t I start? Why can’t I follow through? Why can’t I sing? (Wait — that is just a piece of a dream.)

I discovered this interesting internet site, Taming Time; the Secrets of Time Management. It delves into causes, triggers, and solutions to time management (AKA procrastination).

Here is a statement they presented that resonated with me:

Perfectionism is one of the sneaky causes of procrastination. In fact many are not even aware that their perfect attitude is one of the biggest causes of procrastination.

I think I need to read more about this and continue with the breaking down big tasks into little manageable bits. I am trying to do that and TA DA — I spent 15 minutes tonight cleaning the dining room. It’s not done, but it sure is better than it was!!!!  😉