Monday, October 21, 2013

Procrastination Nation

I don't know what it is. We all do it and I am no exception to the rule. We procrastinate. We put things off that need to get done.  We move it down to the bottom of the priority list until the time is NOW or better yet, yesterday.  New Years resolutions can't even seem to change this habit of procrastination! We are a procrastination nation and I am right in the thick of it.

I like to think of myself as a diligent worker.  A "to do" list junky.  A believer in "Do not put off tomorrow what you can do today".  A go getter if you will.

But let me tell you something, when it comes time for switching health insurance with a deadline, picking out the perfect birthday present for someone, or taking out the garbage, all that motivation shit goes straight out the window.

And so I procrastinate until the ABSOLUTE last minute. And then you know what happens?! It gets done and it gets done well and I can finally breathe.  This seems so ass backwards to me, the planner, the organizer, and the list junky.  And here's the thing...I am not alone.  I know we all have these things in our lives that weigh us down. We know we have a deadline. We know inside we have to accomplish these things, in fact we remind ourselves either by a mental or paper note.  But still, we procrastinate.

This month's procrastination...

1. Health Insurance. Switched to RI. Accomplished it October 1. Expired October 1. Obviously...

2. My sister's wedding toast.  Been stressing over it for months. Finished it 2 days before the wedding. Nailed it:)

3. My sister's wedding toast gift. I asked Andrew to build this champagne box for her 5th Anniversary the night before we flew to VA. He finished it an hour before we left for the airport. The paint dried in the car.

4. Cleaning paint brushes. I hate it. With a passion. Andrew gets mad at me for ruining them all. It's a long walk from the bathroom to the basement where the paint supplies live...

5. The trash. 9 times out of 10 I leave the bag at the back door. The 10 steps to the dumpster is clearly too far.  Good thing Andrew is the trash ferry.

6. The dead plants on our front steps. I don't remember to water plants plus we leave too often. I walk up and down those steps A LOT lately and still, we have dead plants up and down the stairs. Nothing says "Welcome to our house" more than 10 dead plants.

7. Calling oil companies. This has been on my "to do" list for 2 months. It is finally starting to get cool and I still have only managed to call 1 company. Mostly I think its because I am pretending to understand what they are saying on the phone and dread calling another company and having not a clue to what they are saying...again. I'm sorry it costs how much?!

8. Answering emails. I am the ULTIMATE procrastinator for this. I hate responding and writing emails. The iphone makes it even harder. I read and immediately say to myself, "I'll answer that later". Sorry if you've been on the receiving end of this.

9. Ordering Birth Control Pills. Yes, this is probably TMI but here it is. I always seem to "realize" a week before I am OUT of birth control pills that I should probably order more. Then I have to scramble to find my Express Scripts information in order to actually fill the prescription.  A vicious cycle (no pun intended).

10. Making Birthday Presents. My dear friend Mary Ann's adorable daughter just turned 1. I had been looking at various gifts on Etsy for the last month. In fact 2 things were in my cart for two weeks. And still I never could seem to press the "buy" button. So of course I consult my favorite website ever, Pinterest and find an adorable piece of art for her room. And I make 1/2 of it at 10pm the night before the party and I glue on the last part 5 minutes before we walk out the door. WHY?! I knew her birthday was coming up for the 10 months I have known her!!! It was no surprise and still procrastination...But look how great it came out!!

Why in the world do we not just do it?!  I for one, with all my ADD tendencies, need to just stop what I am doing and do the thing I say I'm going to do...That is my today resolution:) Forget New Years...

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