To procrastinate or not to procrastinate

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. – Unknown

My name is Margie and I am a procrastinator.

I make a mental list of what I want / need to do while getting ready in the morning. I know, it shouldn’t be mental, but my brain doesn’t stop thinking about these things.

And all is well until I … well, take today for example. The thing that is upsetting me is that I have lots of files on my desktop. I moan at my staff when they do it, but I am guilty of it too.  By the way, I am talking about the computer desktop, not a real desk with files.

Realising that I am procrastinating, I have decided that it has been a long time since I have written on Good Start. Now I can procrastinate doing real work, while I write.

But hang on, the blog started because of quotes, so I should find a quote first and then write. See what I am doing? I am procrastinating about writing about procrastination!!

If procrastination was fatal, what the population would be? I had a brilliant idea the other day. I could publish a book on 100 ways to beat procrastination – guaranteed, or your money back. I wouldn’t have to refund a cent. No-one would open it to see it filled with blank pages.

Problem is, procrastination is becoming a cool thing. Like ADD (have it) and OCD (have that too). We have all these lables that excuse our behaviour.

At first, I wasn’t aware of what I was doing, I justified it as there was something else that was more important. Then the penny dropped. Well, it was more like Viv threw the penny at me when she pointed out that I was procrastinating.

This is more work related than anything else, but it’s true, there are some things that I must do that I don’t want to. It’s like you have a stone in your shoe but you don’t want to stop to take it out. Or you have toothache, but the minute you sit on the dentist’s chair, it disappears!

Sometimes the only way I can get to do something is to have to do something that I want to do even less. Wow, that is sad. Thinking about it, isn’t ADD another way of procrastination? Oooh, look at that, must go and find out more.

And the OCD? The files are untidy, I can’t work like this (code for let me spend time tidying it, then I don’t have to do the yucky thing). Except for material things – that I am indeed OCD about. Years ago, my books and cd’s were all arranged in alphabetical order. I even tried doing the grocery cupboard that way until I got a look.

I will only use certain mugs, or spoons and I will always sit in the same chair for example. Some say that is a habit and yes, we are creatures of habit. But you know Sheldon on Big Bang Theory with his “spot” on the couch? Yip, that’s me.

So, what is the answer? Well, looking at my computer screen, which I have left glaring at me on purpose, the answer is a compromise. Do a little instead of a lot. In other words, instead of performing plastic surgery on a scratch, put a plaster on it.

I am going to make two folders, one for sort and another for file. Everything for filing will moved into that folder and given to Alex (my PA) to file. The sort folder will be one item, much less annoying and distracting than the 38 (counted them (OCD)) I have now.

In spare moments (short!) – and when you work on certain websites there are several of those – I can go through the sort folder.

Cool, I have a plan. Now I must find a quote. Oh yes, and a picture.

Until next time, have a good one.

Effective change

To be effective, change must be constant.

Margie Lagerwall

The picture is my computer screensaver and some mornings I wonder “Why? What is this change stuff all about?  I’ve changed, why is …. (fill in the blanks of that particular moment that is annoying/affecting me) this happening?”

This morning I got it.  Change must be constant, every single moment of every day.  It made me think of a car.

Travelling along a straight road – even with no ups or downs – if you take your foot off the accelerator the car will eventually stop.   Forget about going up a hill, but downhill, hey, that’s easy but best you be buckled up.

Most people are travelling along the road of life, nicely within the speed limit.  Using all the roads that are mainly level, the odd bit of a hill here and there and occasionally encountering a downhill.

The whiners of the world, those high maintenance people that suck the very life out of you are the ones that ride in third gear and the windgat ones push the speed limit and love bragging about it.

But the ones that get the most of out of this road called life are those that keep their cars well maintained, they don’t strain the gearbox and they don’t take unnecessary risks.  They glance in the rear-view mirror, they don’t stare at it and they keep their eyes on the road.  They pay attention to things that are good for their cars, and they hang out with other car enthusiasts, not people who don’t like cars or can’t drive – or get carsick!

There have been some challenging times for me, when that screensaver comes on and I think what else am I supposed to do to change.  As I said – change must be constant to be effective.  Every day, the way you react to events, to people, gives you an opportunity to change.  You get to choose whether that change is going to be a trip down the hill or up.

Until next time, have a good one.