Procrastination, Thy Name is Mine

I’ve been having one of those weeks.

You know the kind.

Where you have way too much work to do and not enough time to do it all.

I’ve got a ‘to do’ list a mile long.

I even tried prioritizing the list. Thought I’d identify the most important ‘top five’ items and work my way through them.

Funny thing is, I’ve found myself going back and forth on whether my criteria for what is ‘most important’ is correct or not.

Should I be focusing on strategic or tactical? Short-term, mid-term, long-term?

Should I do the ‘biggest’ items, the ones that will have the most impact?

The hardest ones, so that they are finally done and out of the way?

Or should I select a collection of smaller items that don’t seem all that interesting but will likely lay the best groundwork for follow-on work?

When I’m not second-guessing my to-do list priorities, I’m thinking about how I should approach them. Whether I ought to do an item this way or that.

I shouldn’t overlook that I also have been actually doing some work on the various items. Due to the aforementioned hemming and hawing over my ‘top five,’ I now have a ‘top nine’.

But even there I get myself into trouble. I started by concentrating on getting the first item done. That is, when I could finally decide what WAS the first item.

Then I found myself side-tracked by a new approach: I would do a little bit on all five (by now all nine), and chip away at them. Bit by bit.

So I’ve been doing that for a couple days, but it has felt like ‘death by a thousand papercuts’. Good luck with that.

Decisions, decisions.

Oh for the love of God, just put your big girl panties on, will you?!?

Pick a card, any card. Just choose. Just do it. Make a decision. Take a decision. Take a gamble. Roll the dice. Go big or go home.

Metaphor mixing aside, it’s time to pick one and get it done. Then another. And another.

I’m putting myself on notice that this time tomorrow, I’d better have three things done. (And yes, I am forcing myself to report back.)

Failure is not an option. Procrastination, Thy Name is Me…


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