No, I haven’t suddenly discovered a hitherto non-existent penchant for exercise and the attendant unattractive clothing and footwear it entails: the Nike slogan seems to be a perfect motto for my latest attempt to stop procrastinating.
The onset of the new school term tomorrow morning (I am SO not looking forward to that alarm clock going off at 6.50 am!) signals a return to normal day-to-day routine here at Rowan Barn.
And with it, all those mundane jobs that need catching up with: housework, laundry, paying bills, mending, eBay listing, blah blah blah. I could go on but to be honest, I’m even boring myself.
And in a bid to avoid the endless procrastination which has dogged me over the last few months, my new rule is:
If you think it, you have to do it.
For example, how many times did I walk into my bedroom yesterday and think ‘I must make the bed in a minute’? Maybe 8? Probably more like a dozen. If I had just made the bed the first time I thought it – a job which takes a couple of minutes at most – I wouldn’t have had to think ‘I must make the bed’ another 11 times, before eventually making it at about 5.00 pm. Also, if I’d made it the first time I thought it, I would have freed up my mind to think other things on the further 11 times I had to think about the bed.
Does that make sense?
Same goes for emptying the bin, hanging out the washing, tidying the lounge, answering that email, posting those letters etc.
And if it can’t be done immediately the thought crosses my mind, I will schedule in a definite time when I CAN do it, and DO it.
I’ll let you know how I get on.