I’m going to do it … now!

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” 

 Mason Cooley        1927 – 2002, American Author

The people that know me will attest to the fact that I am the Queen of Procrastination.  I have it down to a fine art.  In fact, I wanted to write about this very thing several times, but I kept putting it off.

I don’t know what other people are like – but there are just some things that I keep putting off doing.  And the worst part is that they aren’t even hard things… but for some reason I just get this block and I don’t want to do them.  In fact, I will even do more difficult things, just so I don’t have to do what I am putting off.

Then of course, as soon as I do what I have been putting off, I feel much better about it, and I can kick myself that I just didn’t do the blasted thing in the first place.  If there is a logical answer for this, I haven’t found it yet.

This is going to be my plan of action.  I am going to use the Task Pad on Outlook (a diary or notepad would work just as well) but I am only going to have a maximum of 3 tasks due for today on there.

No – that doesn’t mean that I only have to do THREE things for the day – it means I HAVE to do those three things.  There are loads of other things that I do and other tracking methods to keep on track but having a To-Do list that doesn’t look like a telephone book is something I can work with. 

The marking off of doing a task is acknowledging that you have accomplished something, an affirmation that you have achieved your goals. 

If you have any comments on this, I’d love to hear from you margie@goodstart.co.za  

I think I am going to start using this system next week.

Until next time, do what you have to do today so tomorrow you start off with a clean slate.


Time moves regardless

“Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.” 

Jane Austen 1775 – 1817, English Novelist

The first thing that caught my eye was how young Ms Austen was when she died – only 42.  I am sure she wouldn’t even have lived that long if she had to cope with the pace of life today. 

I wonder how many people still wear watches today?  I don’t, although admittedly that is because I suddenly developed an allergy to my watch (seriously) so I had to stop wearing it.  Today it seems most of the people use their cellphones which have developed into an extension of their right hands (unless they are left handed, in which case it is an extension of the left hand) as their timepiece.

For someone who didn’t want a cellphone, I now get quite antsy if it isn’t always within easy reach.  Not because of talking on it – in case you don’t know yet, I don’t like talking on the phone – I am about to confess to my latest addiction… Twitter!  If you haven’t tried it yet – go wild.  When I started Good Start, I registered a Twitter account under @GoodStartSA – couldn’t for the life of me figure out it was going to work, but I started following some people and voila!  Hooked!

The one thing it has made me want to do is move to the Western Cape – unless Guateng has a premier (I don’t even know who it is!) that also tweets.  If you are a Tweeter check out @helenzille.

But back to Ms Austen.  She might have died very young but just about everyone who has read a book knows her name and even those who aren’t readers probably have heard of her thanks to “Pride And Prejudice”  being a major movie. 

It doesn’t matter how much time you have – it is what you do with your time.  I had an epiphany while on leave; if we go through life without having any goals or purpose, all we are doing is passing time until we die. 

Sounds depressing, but it inspired me. 

Until next time, make the most of your minutes, may they be filled with happiness and accomplishments.