Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.


Ha, ha! This is a post I could write - if I didn't procrastinate so much myself!

When I was in my first week at high school as a sweet, innocent 12 year old my Latin teacher (yes, my mother made me take Latin - for 2 years!) made me write out 100 lines for not covering my excercise books in plastic on time. The lines? Procrastination is the thief of time. What did I hear her say and subsequently write 100 times? Procrastination is the theme of time. (I had never heard of procrastination until then - see sweet and innocent above) Sigh! And so it has been ever since...

By Blogger KathyR, at 6:30 PM  

Ha! Well, at least knitting is one thing I tend not to procrastinate. :)

By Blogger cathy, at 12:20 PM  

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Thursday, September 16, 2010  

P R O C R A S T I N A T I O .... oh I think I'll finish that later

If I have a besetting sin, it is procrastination. Hmmm. Perhaps others might say I have other flaws, but I am talking about a defect that gets in my way. I am not talking about other people's happiness. My bedeviling imp is procrastination and I have been giving some serious attention to it the past few weeks.

In the back of my head I hear Carly Simon singing
Procrastination, procrastina ay tion
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'
And I think about how much of my life sits on hold waiting for me to get going - and not getting going. It happens in my work life, in my household management, my physical health, my knitting ... I am positive that procrastination is what makes us amass so much stash. If I knit as much as I shopped I would probably have a wardrobe of sweaters and an empty chimney.
I've been working hard in my job to follow Ivy Lee's advice to Charles Schwab - to write down, at the end of the day, the 6 most important things I have to do to get where I want to be in work life and the next day start with #1, and work only on that till I finish. Then move on to #2. At the end of the day, whatever is still on the list goes to the top of the next day's list.
I have to say -that is helping me get a LOT done and moves me to new places where I get to do new and different things - until
Until, that is, I hit something I know needs to get done and I don't want to do -or am afraid I will fail at. and boy - then can I procrastinate! And boy is it stupid to do that - because the suffering of procrastination manifests itself in anticipation ... of the ax falling on my head. It always looms heavier than it really is - that Dread Activity. Yesterday I punched through that paper wall of fear and went out soliciting donations for a project I'm working on and the ease with which I succeeded really made me feel stupid. Acting instead of procrastinating also helped me see that I really had wasted 2 beautiful fat rich days of productivity. Had I acted instead of cowered, imagine how much I could have accomplished this week.
Ah well. Interesting place to be, right here, feeling good about accomplishments and foolish about tossing away rich hours of my life by playing with fake fears.
Let's hope I slowly (but surely) wean myself from the procrastination bug.
Now - where is that green lace sock I want to finish by next Friday .....?

posted by Bess | 6:53 AM