Friday, January 06, 2012
My work revolves around them: 5000 words for next Tuesday. That's ok, I'll start tomorrow. But in fact, my whole life is governed by deadlines. Lose 5kg by next April? That's fine, I'll just have another chocolate. Send Christmas cards by December 5th? No problem, I'll start next Tuesday (after the 5000 words!). Except that suddenly the deadline is upon me and I haven't even started. (Well, the words usually get translated!) Suddenly it's April and I haven't lost any weight, or it's December 5th (or later) and my cards are not even bought, let alone written and posted. And so it goes on...
Perhaps I ought to get it into my procrastinator's head that really, whatever I have to do, I should start NOW. As in "No, you will not have that second chocolate, because you don't need it and you do need to lose 5kg." Or "How about buying the cards (or whatever) early and writing a couple a day?" So how can I change my attitude to a "Do it now" one instead of a "Wait until the very last minute - or even later" one? Any suggestions welcome, but not on a postcard please, as you might not get around to doing it either!!
Ahem, except that I actually did say to myself a few minutes ago, as I was about to do something else, "No, sit down and write this now instead of just imagining you will in a few minutes/days/weeks." TADA!!!