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Day 236, Part 1: Beware The Procrastinator Gremlin!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

There's an evil little voice* that lives inside my head.

[Okay, maybe there's several little voices, but for today we're just dealing with one. The others will have to wait.]

Like an insidious demon perched on my shoulder, it constantly whispers in my ear: "The day's early yet... You can do that later... That doesn't have to be done right away... There's plenty of time... Don't bother with it now... You can shelve that for awhile... It can wait..."

Sly and deceitful, it keeps up this monotonous drone all day, at every turn. I think it takes more energy and mental strength to overcome the conniving little nudnik than it does to resist chocolate brownies or maple ice cream. Or even chocolate brownies combined with maple ice cream.

The worst part is, The Procrastinator Gremlin is a thief. It steals time, throwing a monkey wrench into the best-laid plans.

I couldn't tell you how often I've back-burnered things I want to accomplish: letters I mean to write, projects I plan to finish, queries and ideas and even DIY jobs I intend to do, but somehow never get there.

And all because I allow - yes, I ALLOW this! I have a choice, after all. I don't have to let this malicious pint-sized pest take over my life.

I've been sitting here listening to it (and heeding its diabolical carping) for the last hour-and-a-half. I've had enough.

I'm going to go do something constructive, something productive, anything, something, useful with my morning.

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    I've always been a procrastinator but I've found something that helps. Each new month I make a list of things to do. Tedious, complicated, easy or difficult, they all go on. Here's the important thing. At the bottom of this list I write down some REWARDS. For every 10 or so things that I tick off in that month I UNLOCK A REWARD, something cheap to cheer me up, it can be a thing worth a quid or two, or a coffee out to gloat on my success. I find myself trying to get more things done within that month so I can claim my little prizes. Anything that doesn't get done rolls over to the next month - at least that way it doesn't get forgotten. Oh, here's another thing - put your list up where people can see it - this will help you to rope other people in with your tasks. You still get the reward for your delegation skills! Remember, the selfish Reward Gremlin is stronger than the Procrastinator Gremlin.
    3479 days ago
    Yes I know that voice too... I have decided to listen closely to it for a while and see what happens if I donĀ“t argue, just let it flow past me...
    3482 days ago
    Don't feel so bad. We're all procrastinators at heart. ;) x
    3482 days ago
    Oh, I know that gremlin well! Here's your antidote: emoticon

    Get yourself a small ball... stress balls are good... or if you're feeling flat, just cut a circle out of paper or cardboard.

    Now take your trusty magic marker and label it: "TUIT".

    You now have a round TUIT. Everything you have been waiting to do until you got around to it... (a round TUIT)... is now doable. Go for it, girl!

    3482 days ago
    Guilty of that myself. I have been trying harder not to listen to the time thief. I get overwhelmed looking at all the things I need to do. Barb got me started with "do just one thing" per day and that has helped a bit.

    3482 days ago
    I tend to do the same thing---that is why the bathroom did not get painted this summer---we both need to make lists of things we want to get done and include the fun things and keep checking them off---for some reason, having them written down makes me more apt to do them.
    3482 days ago
    Good for you Kasey--Hey, Ive met that thief too--the procrastinator---Ha Ha--that DEMON-----In Jamaica, they say, ""Soon come"" which could be next year--- , or, "'Don't worry, Be Happy""---Good for you to fight it off!Lynda from the rainy North emoticon
    3482 days ago
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