Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Procrastination

I really gotta paint these spots...
next weekend...
I love getting things done on weekends. Not just the usual laundry and grocery shopping, but all those projects I have on the go, whether it’s writing (my bread and butter) or something more creative, like a crochet project. Having something tangible to show for your time and effort is always a good feeling.

This weekend, my husband replaced the screen in our kitchen window, which had been ripped since we moved in to the house. For years, I’d wanted to try to do it myself, but I’ve never been strong enough to get the windows out of the frame, so I put it off. And I didn’t ask my husband to do it, either—he just took the initiative.

It’s always the chores that I really ought to do that I put off the most—little household repairs that keep piling up on my to-do list. While I’m fairly handy, I simply lack the resolve, and find other ways to occupy my time.

A brief list of things I’ve put off:

  1. Repainting a few newly plastered spots on the wall throughout the house 
  2. Giving the hallway a much-needed second coat of paint
  3. Removing all the old rags my house’s previous owner stuffed between the joists in my basement as insulation (pretty sure this is dangerous and not to code)
  4. Reorganizing my books and DVDs
  5. Fixing various other holes in the walls
  6. Writing
  7. Blogging

Instead of these really important (in my mind) chores, I end up:

  1. Crocheting
  2. Watching TV
  3. Painting
  4. Cleaning
  5. Cooking
  6. Writing
  7. Tweeting and Facebooking

Comment to win this
crocheted cup sleeve!
Yes, I know number 6 is the same on both lists. But it’s what I end up writing that matters—like a piece of Doctor Who fan fiction instead of a book that’s ondeadline. That’s the funny thing about any project: you can always find one more thing to distract you from completing one task. For example, I’ve been crocheting a granny square blanket since last August and I still haven’t finished it because now I’m bent on making crocheted cup holders.

My only strategy for getting things done seems to be drinking at least two cups of coffee early in the day. Then I’ll spend the rest of the day zooming around the house, looking for things to do to work off the caffeine. It’s probably not the healthiest thing to do, and it never results in good writing—or any writing, since I get too fidgeting to sit still. But at least I might have something to show for it at the end.


Do you have any strategies to get certain chores done? Reply below and I’ll pick one commenter to receive a reusable crocheted coffee cup sleeve and my special recipe for chocolate chip cookies!

EDIT: Winner will be chosen Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.

5 comments:

Patricia Johns said...

My trick for making sure I get the bathroom cleaned is to spray it down with cleaner first thing. Then, I'm forced to finish it up if I want to use it! LOL!

Your cup holder is adorable! I've been considering taking up crocheting or knitting, but haven't quite gotten to it yet.

Kristina Knight said...

The carrot method works for me - an afternoon reading, getting my nails done...it's amazing what I can accomplish when I bribe myself...

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Mary Preston said...

I make lists. I find there is a great deal of satisfaction in crossing things of the list.

I also delegate.

I must admit to having tradesmen on speed dial.

Tina Hahn said...

I make lists too. In a notebook. And I've discovered I get a lot more important stuff done if I put those things on the right-hand page and the procrastination/distractions on the left. Things still get checked off on both sides, but the checks on the right-hand side seem more meaningful.

Unfortunately, watching YouTube videos is not on either side of the page today.

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