Procrastination is the name of the game.
I am amazed to think of the amount of work I used to get through. One day’s work would keep me busy for a week today. E-mails were a drag on my life with literally hundreds coming in each day, of which only a fraction were important. All got processed. Today I get about 20-30 and some slip through the net. How can that be? I used to have an amazing memory, now I think it has turned to sludge.
The truth is I have got lazy. I am heading toward a vegetative state. I still do ‘stuff’, but at a different pace. Now I grump if there are two things in my diary for one day, where previously I would have delighted in a day that only had two things to do!
So what to do. Take today for example, it is 3pm. What have I done?
- I have communicated with my sons via WhatsApp. My younger son has just moved into a brand new house. How lovely is that? Hence we were all viewing pictures of the house with furniture, but an awful lot of boxes to unpack. I don’t envy him & his wife, and would love to be there helping them, but as he is 11,000 miles away, a bit far to nip across for a few days
- I have read 3 chapters of a book about Creativity, including a chapter on time management and procrastination… (I’m not recommending buying it – just letting you know what I am reading)
- I have done the weeks shopping with my husband
- We have put more beanpoles up for our peas and beans which are growing well
- We have crawled about under the stairs trying to locate a hole through which we can use to connect the wiring for a new doorbell (Success – but it took quite a bit of time)
- I have spent about 30 minutes playing silly games on the iPad….
- I have read part of the newspaper (a Saturday treat)
- I have researched a trip or two
However, have I done any of the important things I wanted to do today?
- I have been procrastinating for days. As mentioned it is 3pm, I am only just now getting to grips with writing the blog post which I hoped to do several days ago. I have been struggling for the last few weeks with “writer’s block”, I have tried several blog posts this week. About 6 I think. Over the last 2 weeks I have tried to get to grips with a guest post I have promised to do. That one I have tried 4 times. Nothing seems to be working which is pretty unusual for me. It is so annoying / frustrating. On reading the Creativity book (see above), Diane Ealy says that writer/artist’s block is a form of procrastination. Just start writing / drawing, something / anything and things will start flowing again (seems to be working!)
- I haven’t made any jewellery or done any metal work over the past few days. However I did deliver a batch of 22 items to the Assay Office In Edinburgh for hallmarking. That gave me a boost!
So time to concentrate on getting a bit of focus.
Here’s my list for the next few days. I am using a tip from my Creativity book (see above), which is to write down all the things you want to do in a day. Then compare each task with the one next to it, and work out which is the more important, give it a tick, and work down your list. then take the second task and compare it to every other task etc.
My list – no order / priority. Many need to be completed in the next 36 hours. I’ve just done the prioritising process. (see the ticks)
- write a blog entry √√√√√√√
- complete my guest blog entry √√√√√
- finish the piece of jewellery I was working on √√
- make a new piece of jewellery √
- tidy my workroom
- work out the best dates for our next trip √√√√√√
- pack for my trip to Ireland on Monday √√√√√√√√
- sort my emails √
- read the meeting papers for a meeting on Thursday morning (I’m away Monday to Wednesday) √√√√√√√√√√
- respond to a formal document √√√√√√√√
- review the investment information that arrived this morning √√√
And now the ordered list
- read the meeting papers for the meeting on Thursday morning Complete 4th June
- respond to the formal document Complete 4th June
- pack for my trip to Ireland on Monday Complete 4th June
- write a blog entry
- work out the best dates for our next trip
- complete the guest blog
- review the investment information that arrived this morning Complete 4th June
- finish the piece of jewellery I was working on
- sort my emails Partly done 4th June
- make a new piece of jewellery
- tidy my workroom Complete 4th June. I couldn’t go off and leave it in a mess…
Well, that sort of worked how I thought it would. Had it been left to me, I would have spent time on my email, tidied my workroom. pottered around, and then realised I was out of time to finish the work I needed to do…. It seems a good process. However it doesn’t really fit in with other stuff I have been reading, which says do the things first that further your big goals. That would have prioritised the blog entries and jewellery. But I also know that the meeting papers are both urgent and important even though they don’t necessarily fit in with my big goals.
The final bit of the process is – Start at the top item and complete it before you move on to the next one. So I think I will try this process out for a while and see how it works for me. It must be better than my current chaotic process, where I am like a butterfly jumping from one flower to another…
So here’s hoping… You’ll be able to tell by the volume of stunning blog entries posted!
Update 4th June – see items in green. Not a total win, but at least I can go away with a clear conscience! Now I’d better write my To Do List to come home to!
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