Saturday, December 10, 2011

First Day Musings -- Do It Now!

One of my biggest faults is the fact that I have a tendancy to procrastinate. A lot. It's not that I don't want to do the things I say I will, but that it seems so many things get on the plate that I put off many of those that aren't like dessert. Let's face it, we all would rather have dessert than the liver, right?

I read some place that procrastinating was like carrying around a huge weight on one's back. Until we complete the tast, it looms over us rather like the Sword of Damocles. This is a fact and I can attest to it! Whenever I do this I always promise myself that I won't do it again and that I will be more focused Next Time and Get It Done -- whatever "it" may be.

Now, you ask, how has that worked for me?? Not Too Good. A few years ago, I put together a list of all the started projects. I am ashamed to admit that it filled a legal pad page and then some. Yeppers. That's me. What happened? Well, I put off looking at it until I lost it, of course!

As we are approaching the New Year, I have been thinking of what my new word will be. This year it was moderation and I feel that I did pretty good -- all things considered. I didn't work too much as I took this past summer off from teaching. I didn't grow a big garden or can anything. After all, we need to eat the 57 quarts of green beans we have already (Have I mentioned that I don't like green beans... so why do we have 'em?? For the MIster, of course!) I haven't bought any new yarn or weaving fiber this year -- only the cotton for the dishcloths I sell at the Farmer's Market and even that I bought on sale. I didn't go wild and buy a lot of clothes for work this year (I always swear I will lose weight -- and I did!). And, I haven't replaced the 22 eye shadows I had to toss because they were too old (Really. I happen to love eye shadow. I confess. I need a 12 step program when Clinque has a new colour.I am working on it....).

So, the moderation thing has worked pretty well for me.

This coming year's word? Well, I am going to work on it. Really. After final exams. And after grades are in. And the towels are off the living room loom. And I have touched up the paint in the bathroom. And painted the dining room. And... sigh... let's just say, I'm thinking about it....


  1. I always procrastinate about the yucky report cards, bills, filling out boring and important forms...and it's agonizing! Then I crack...get it done...and reward myself.
    Have a great Sunday!

  2. Hi Matty, what a thought-provoking post today! It sounds like you really accomplished a lot of the goals you set out for last year. I need to make a goal of not buying so much yarn myself this year. I don't have terribly big stash, but it does start to make me feel a little overwhelmed, when I have more than 4 or 5 major knitting or crocheting projects in the cue. I love eye shadow too but my major weakness is nail polish. I don't even polish my nails every week, but when I see a pretty new color at the store, it takes every ounce of self control not to throw it in the cart! :) I hope you have a lovely sunday afternoon! Delisa :)

  3. Sounds like you met some major goals this year Matty!

  4. LOL, you crack me up. What I hate about procrastinating is once I start I cannot seem to stop. It takes an act of God, to get me to stop. I would like my word for next year to be stay-at-home (that is one word, really ; -) but I think it will be something different xoxo Clarice

  5. You always make me smile!

    (I actually ripped up and tossed an unfinished project that was causing me too much angst. It was as if the "finishing" became more important than the project itself.)


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