If you spend too much time thinking about a thing,
you will never get it done.
This quote is right on, and I have proved it many times. The latest is the bathroom. I had some work done by my handyman extraordinaire a few weeks ago, and it is ready for me to paint.
Every morning when I get up, I say today is the day to paint. Then I read the paper, do the puzzles, have breakfast, and go for my walk. When I get home, I think about painting, and then I find something else to do.
Maybe I should call the guy that did some painting for me a couple of years ago? That sounds like a plan! I am going to think about it. Then I am going to call him!
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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing,
you’ll never get it done.
I have proved this to be true many times.
Most recently I have been thinking about painting my bathroom. A couple of months ago I removed the wallpaper. Then I hired Phillip, the handyman, to prepare the walls for paint. Took three days of sanding, priming, sanding, skim coating, sanding, putting a finish coat on, and sanding. The hard work is done. Phillip did that. I just have to paint.
When I go to bed I tell myself tomorrow I will get the job done. But somehow when morning comes and tomorrow is gone, and I start thinking about painting today…well, let’s just say it’s a lot to think about and that takes time. By the time I have thought about it the day is half gone and there are better things to do. Or at least things that aren’t work that I don’t want to do today.
I will have to think about it.
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Each Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow.
Okay, so today is Friday and I am posting as if was Thursday. Why? Because I am a procrastinator and I kept telling myself yesterday that I would get the post written later. Of course, later never came and now today is yesterday’s tomorrow.
Not only is this a day late, but today, like yesterday, I still am empty-headed as to what to write. So, today I am going forget about yesterday and look forward to doing some writing tomorrow.
Well, not tomorrow.
Monday, I will do some musing, I think.
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“Clutter is the physical manifestation of
unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”
One of my goals for 2019 was to clean out the clutter that had accumulated. There was a lot of clutter because I am a pretty good procrastinator when there is something I don’t want to do. There are things I don’t want to do that get done because if they aren’t done…well things smell and look awful and people will talk about me behind my back…and really because I can’t stand it when some things aren’t done.
Anyway back to my goal of decuttering. It’s done! Took three pick up truck loads to Goodwill to be done, one in the spring, one in the summer, one last week and a lot of stuff went in the trash. This may make me sound like a hoarder but I am not. My brother was a hoarder so I know from first hand experience what hoarding looks like.
To be truthful, there are a few things that I probably should have given away but I didn’t. They are things I don’t use and don’t really need but for now they are still here. Maybe someday they will go out the door but for now they still have sentimental value to me. That and I am afraid my mother will haunt my dreams if I give away some of her treasures.
All in all it feels good to open closets and armoires and drawers and see only things I actually use…sort of…I got tired of trying on clothes that I really like even though they don’t fit. Hey, I might lose the pounds I have gained in retirement, you know.
The other goal was to paint my apartment. I painted the kitchen then hired someone to paint the rest of the place. Except the doors. There are 18 doors and since no ladder is needed I decided I could save a few dollars and do them myself. I have three more to paint. Procrastination is in full bloom! I do have until midnight December 31 to have them done 😼
I have made the decision not to have goals for 2020.
It feels good to know there will be no procrastination stress.
“I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination,
creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done.”
I can totally relate to this quote! I am a very good procrastinator. In fact, I am a PROcrastinator. There are so many things I can think of to do other than what needs to be done. I never run out of ideas of how to put off doing something.
For example, my kitchen. It took eight months to get the cabinets installed. The first cabinets were one inch wider than the wall. The second ones came in damaged. The third time was a charm…sort of…all I can say is that there are cabinets on the wall and they are fine but not exactly what I wanted. I was not happy waiting to get the work done and I complained.
Which brings us to the second part of the project, my part of the work to be done. The walls need to be sanded, primed and painted. After six weeks the walls are sanded and partially primed…no painting has been done. Why the delay? I do not like to sand, prime, paint and I do not like to be on a ladder. So, I have found other things to do. I read, play games on my Kindle, go for walks, take naps, important stuff like that. Oh, and I complain about my procrastinating and not getting anything done.
I have made the decision, a promise to myself, that the work will be completed this month. Well, almost completed. The lower cabinets (that I did not replace) need to be sanded, primed and painted. The procrastination should not be as prolonged because no ladders will be involved.
I will have pictures of the finished kitchen…someday.
Are you a procrastinator?
Does it bother you or do you just accept it as
one of the quirks to love about you?
“Procrastination is the fine art of keeping up with yesterday.”
Today, I think I know way too much about this particular art.