So, I’ve been working on getting things done that I’ve been putting off.
I am, without a doubt, a champion procrastinator. Despite my tendencies to putter, it’s usually easy, everyday stuff. Case in point? Last night I sorted clean laundry (we don’t fold clothes- it’ s a Thing), emptied and refilled the dishwasher (which took care of 80% of the kitchen situation), cleaned the cat box, and caught up on the incoming mail. In between I finished reading the Scott Pilgrim books and played a little DDO.
Catching up on phone calls, remembering e-mails I meant to send months ago, packing up holiday decor so I can get ready for the next round, putting away sheets, washing blankets, etc.? Yeah. Gotta work on that.
Work is the same- I can get the daily stuff handled pretty well, but if there isn’t a flashing light or a screaming person on the other end of it, it will probably sit. Possibly for weeks. I thinned out 35 “non-critical” events from my work e-mail inbox dating back to September. Sadly, I am overworked and understaffed right now, so if it doesn’t have a timestamp I will focus on the critical deadline instead. Things should be improving in that area very soon, I hope.
Mostly, though, this sidetracks my ability to make long-term plans. If it requires doing a little bit every week for a month? I’ll get it done in the last week. Holiday cards? I really, really want to do them this year. I really, really want to do them EVERY year, but some years they’re limited and other years not at all. We’ll see how that shakes out.
I read a really excellent blog post recently (if I can find it again I will link it- darn brain-fog), on how planning for the future (or stressing out about planning for the future) makes the present so much less, and I think I’m caught in that rut. Short periods of relaxation between Things I Need To Do certainly helps, but I could also use 2-3 hours of complete free time to decompress (or 2-3 days). However, the only way to get that kind of time is to plan ahead (Ha!) or crash from sickness or a flare, which takes a lot of the fun out of it.
Sadly, hubby is somewhat the same, and we are both trying to adjust to the fact that it takes me longer to get anything done than it used to so, 1) I need extra notice 2) I need a due-date and 3) I need forgiveness if I flake and miss the deadline (which I do fairly often). I think hubby is more forgiving on my flaking than I am. It’s not intentional, it’s just how I (sort of) function now.
I think one things that I need to do is get back into my lists, and since this is a place I check at least daily, you get to see the newest. Here goes:
- Wash and put away pale green blanket.
- Fold the guest sheets and put away (still out from when we had company weeks ago. At least they’re clean.)
- Put away any clothes that were hiding under those things in the laundry basket.
- Pack up the Hallowe’en decor.
- Clear off my craft desk and get out the holiday cards.
- DO NOT order the elliptical machine until AFTER we get back from Thanksgiving travel.
- Buy canned pumpkin and make something for the Thanksgiving event at work for Monday.
- Work on my Sunday game character.
- Return books I borrowed.
These are things I am giving myself two weeks to get done. You’ll notice that I didn’t say anything about actually writing holiday cards- if I can just get things prepped that’s a huge step in the right direction.