And She Waits

I should be named Heather Procrastination Queen of the World.

If I could name one thing I really don't like about myself it would be this procrastination habit of mine. It pretty much causes all the other frustrations I run up against.

I seem to love to wait. I wait for the perfect time, the ideal window of opportunity, the right weather, the best sale, the perfect combination of fabrics, the confidence to do it well, the empty silverware tray, the overwhelming pile of laundry, someone to help me, the mad husband.

The deadline.

The Mail Man calls these waiting excuses gumption traps. There is a long history of procrastination in my family, and I'm not saying that makes it right for me to continue on this way. It just makes it easy to see where it comes from.
I've been working hard to stop this habit for about a month now. I started with my daily routine and the chores I love to hate the most. Dishes, laundry, bathroom, trash, and floors. I read a tip somewhere in blogland that talked about the 7 daily habits of housekeeping. For some reason it was this article that prompted a change in me, which no other force could effect.

I feel much better.

Each day I:
* Unload the dishwasher and keep the sink empty as much as possible. Right after dinner I load the dinner dishes and run the dishwasher if it's full. I don't wait to possibly cram a few more things in tomorrow.
*Wipe down the bathroom fixtures with a disinfectant wipe and use a dirty clothing item to wipe the floor before I chuck everything down the laundry chute.
*Run a load of laundry if there is enough to justify a full load. Then I dry it, fold it and put it away even if I don't want to and feel like crying when it's time.
*spend ten minutes at the end of the day to tidy up the bulk of the mess and give myself a clean slate for the morning.
*Empty the trash if it is full, and it usually is.
* Make my bed.
*Sweep at least one room.

I Feel so much better and so much less overwhelmed.

I'm guessing that more than one of you has the procrastination issue licked, and you're laughing right now. I'm hoping that at least one of you finds this helpful. Even if it doesn't help a single soul...I feel so much better and so much less overwhelmed.

What's your favorite thing to procrastinate?

There's more procrastination stuff to talk about...stay tuned.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I have SO been there.

    My issue is that I can handle all the daily stuff pretty well -- the dishes, the tidying up. It's just the bigger stuff, like actual room cleaning, that I can't get around to because I only have time for that on weekends, and that's exactly when I don't want to do it!!!

    Thanks for sharing your daily list and showing that there is rehabilitation hope for procrastinators. I have to go unload the dishwasher now. :o)

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  2. Ok - you know me. You lived with me. And even though I don't suffer from gumption traps - I really appreciate this post and your honesty. And I'm so proud you are conquering a habit and that your kids can see you doing it! Good job, Heather.

    Oh, and - the title of this post is the best!!

    LYF!

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  3. I have the same issues as you did...and I really needed this reminder today. I was lucky to really get the house all clean at the same time yesterday and I'd really love to get back into the routine of keeping it that way! Your tips sound a lot like the ones I've heard from FlyLady. Have you heard of her? I needed this today!

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  4. I guess I should get off the computer and put away the clothes I folded last night that are on the dining room table, finish the dishes, make the bed....

    Oh, I have a lot of room to grow in this area.

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  5. mine would be laundry... I have the piles (mountains) to prove it...

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  6. I have a hard time dealing with "stuff"...magazines, papers, books and projects. The more I put it off, the harder it becomes for me to deal with it. I just hate that about me. I get overwhelmed and then seem to be unable to make any headway.
    I went out and bought myself a small, inexpensive timer. I set it for 30 minutes, put it in my pocket and then concentrate on a designated task, or a particular room in the house. When the timer goes off, I quit and go do something I want to do. After a bit, I repeat the process and have another go at it. I am amazed at how much can be accomplished in 30 min. This is definitely helping me.
    Thanks for sharing..Ellen K.

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  7. I have to admit that I have a guest room bed that has been covered in folded clothes for months and now there are 4 loads of clean laundry piled on the couch!!!

    I was doing good at sticking to a schedule so that stuff gets done around here, but being pregnant has really messed that up.

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  8. Woo wee! Movin' on up ;-) Nothin' like a gooood cup of coffee to start the day ... or end the evening!

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  9. Are we long lost sisters? I am the queen of procrastination. I ~hate~ to clean. really. I grew up in a townhouse so it took all of 10 minutes for mom and I to clean top to bottom. My house isn't that big but when I only get a wee bit of alone time I don't want to spend it cleaning ... of course if I just kept it up it wouldn't be so hard or take so long ... sigh. Speaking of which - I think the health department might be knocking at my door ;-)

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  10. I would have to say I procrastinate on laundry! The folding and putting away part that is.. :)

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  11. I'm suppose to clean? I'm waiting to hit the lotto before I clean so I can hire a housekeeper. Girl, you are talking to the queen of procrastination here. Thanks for the pep talk. I've got to go now & empty my dishwasher. Wait, maybe I ought to make dinner first. But first I think I will look at more procrasination blogs. (I told you I was queen.)

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  12. Grading. Folding socks. Returning phone calls - oh for shame to admit that. Dishes. Oh dear...I could keep going! -S

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  13. OK, love your list as it mirrors mine! But, are you joining in the procrastators party with a project? I hope so!!!

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  14. That was my schedule when I was a SAHM...and I loved it...made things so much easier to handle and the house looked great. Well, except for Friday mornings. See, my oldest son's Teddy Bear used to host poker games in our LR after we had gone to bed at night...which explained why the room would be a mess even when I had picked up before heading off to bed the night before. But honestly, once we sat down & talked to our son about it, his bear was welcome to have poker night, but his friends had to clean up & stay out of their dad's beer...it was funny...I hardly ever had that mess again. NO idea what was up but still..our son was 7 and Teddy was 6...Teddy lives with us now while Son is in the Army..Teddy has got some seedy friends ;D

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