Procrastination, Thy Name is Now My Middle Name

In yesterday’s post, I wrote about how procrastination can affect the best of us.

I’ve been having a very busy week. Lots to do, not enough time to do it all. Blah blah blah.

You know the drill.

Anyway, I put myself on notice here that I needed to quit dilly dallying with questioning my prioritization of tasks and how best to tackle the overwhelming ‘to do’ list, and JUST GET ON WITH IT!

I promised to complete three tasks, and hold myself publicly accountable.

So how did I do?? (Cue the drum roll, please)

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 This was me for much of yesterday and today.

(Well, if I had a man’s hand. And a computer like this. And a desk just like this. Which I do not.)

The point is, I spent much of each day chained to my desk. Certainly not all day, but a good part of each.

Working on my laptop most of the time, but also reading the rest of a book for an upcoming author interview and book review.

Shuffling through relevant papers, doing research, writing, thinking, planning, sending and responding to e-mails.

REALLY working folks. Not wasting time checking out my favorite sites or reading unnecessary articles. (Well, not much anyway.)

The final results: I ended up completing two tasks, almost finishing three others and doing some initial work on two more.

The tasks ran the gamut from fairly easy to moderately difficult to rather difficult, and were a mix of short-, mid- and long-range in nature.

I was able to see immediate results in a couple cases, and have laid the ground work for future efforts in others. That’s important, because I find myself in almost constant ‘juggle’ mode. It’s the nature of the beast.

If I were to adapt the approach of starting/finishing each project before going on to the next, I’d constantly be in the ‘hurry up and wait’ mode since at times I’m dependent on hearing back from others. And I’d certainly get far less done over time.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased. My name is no longer Procrastination. Well, at least not my first and last name. Maybe just my middle name.

When faced with lots to do, do you ever procrastinate? How do you handle it?


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