Today’s Lenten Calendar 2011 intention was to “Do something that you’ve been putting off for a long time or trying to avoid.” As usual, the list of items I have been procrastinating on is long:
- complete tax return
- update the budget
- call my aunts in Germany
- plan the garden on paper
- enter my professional development activities
- re-write a cooking class curriculum
- walk to Starbucks to redeem gift card from Christmas
- and so on…
This list exists in the form of super-sticky Post-It Notes on my kitchen chalk board and many of them have lived up there long enough to become unsticky. So I thought I’d just pick one for today’s project: the tax return. And now I have to admit that I was very productive at doing everything BUT the tax return.
I took the kids swimming, went grocery shopping, cleaned up a bit, checked and responded to emails, did a few other things I had put off, but these things have deadlines, so I HAD to do those. And everytime I had the opportunity to start on the taxes, I found something else to do to help me warm up for the tax project:
- make a cup of tea
- go pee
- get a piece of bread
- straighten the papers on my desk
- check my calendar
- delete old emails
- nosh on peanut butter straight from the jar
- bring the tax box upstairs and congratulate myself on how organized I am
And now it’s 10 p.m., I have a sore throat and I should be going to bed instead of blogging. I failed. I confess, I am a productive procrastinator: I keep very busy but don’t get a lot done. So tomorrow it’s time to use the TIMER, just as FlyLady taught me. I will set the timer for 15 minutes and focus on just one thing: work on the taxes.
I’ll keep you posted.
How do you overcome procrastination? How do you focus your efforts to get stuff done? I’d love to hear from you.
PS: The camera is dead and still charging…oh, yes…I am accepting imperfection! Good night.