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Sometimes I have to laugh at myself.  I'm almost 62 years old and yet some of my behavior patterns are childish.  For example, there were a few first steps on my Goals List for this year that were to be done by yesterday.  So do I tackle the most difficult one first... clearing off the dining table that had been covered with clutter for the past few months, or do I complete all the little, easy items and stall on doing the table until after supper when I am tired and don't really want to do it at all? 

You guessed it, I left the big ticket project until last.  Of course then I was wishing I would have tackled it first, but I knew I had to get up and do it or I would feel rather pathetic about already slacking on my goals.  So, it can be said that guilt is a motivator and I'm pleased to report that I went to bed smiling, having completed everything that was scheduled to be done by end of day. 

It's kind of nice to see the table top again, especially since it is a tall table and functions as extra counter/work space in our very small kitchen.  Good grief, why do I put things off for so long, avoiding it at all costs, when it took  less than two hours time to clear the table and make it functional again, not to mention it looks good, and feels good to see it cleaned off?

 I am sometimes surprised by my ability to postpone, ignore, or avoid altogether the things that I don't want to deal with, both in tangible aspects like the table and in less tangible areas of my life, like behavioral changes.  Now comes the challenge... can I keep the table cleaned off? We'll see!  :-)

6 comments:

  1. I read somewhere about something called the one touch method. Touch everything only once for example if you take off your coat and throw it in a chair then you have to move it again and again until it goes in its spot. So the one touch rule would make you put every thing in its spot when it left your hands.

    It's sounds good but I have not practiced it.

    Congratulations. Tasks like that make me feel good too.

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    1. I think I could do pretty well with that method... if I actually manage to get the house organized to the point that everything has a place where it belongs. I used to live in very tidy fashion and I'd like to find my way back to that. Clutter makes me feel chaotic.

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  2. I'm horrible about letting my table pile up with clutter, which tells you how often we actually eat meals at it...

    I probably would have done the little things first - like you - and then thrown in some extra little things too for good measure before starting the big job.

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    1. The table certainly becomes the easy "dropping off place" at the end of the work day, Vanessa, but I am so determined not to let it happen again. A few things seem to pave the way for more things, until it's a total disaster! Obviously, we don't eat at our table either, though it might be nice to have that option now and then! :-). I actually did throw in a couple "avoidance" projects before I actually committed to the table clearing effort, and I know if I hadn't have mentioned it on my blog it would not have gotten done. See, it's all about personal accountability. I need that motivation! :-)

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  3. Structured Procrastination -- yes, it really is a thing, you can look it up, and it helps.

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    1. I went and checked this out on Google, Mimi. It's a pretty interesting concept that I'm going to have to study more. I like the philosophy behind it... just might work! :-)

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