9 September 2007


I just looked up the meaning of "procrastinate". That is P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-E. It means "Postpone or delay needlessly", "Postpone doing what one should be doing", "dilly dally" "shilly shally". I like those last two definitions.

I'm back now. I just went to get a cup of tea. : )

Everyone procrastinates at certain times. Generally I think it's a good thing. I think it's your brain telling your body to slow down and that it's not ready to start working yet. But sometimes procrastinating can get us in trouble and behind in our work, and that's not so good. The main problem with procrastination is the consequences. I procrastinated over sowing some of our seeds this year and the consequence will be that our rosellas and eggplant will be planted about three weeks late. It's not a major catastrophe but if I was relying on that food to survive, I'd be in big trouble.

I've got a clever trick that helps me when I procrastinate, which, I'm pleased to say I rarely do nowadays. I get my timer and I make myself do whatever it is I should be doing, but I only have to do it until the timer goes off. I usually set the timer for 15 minutes. I've found you can generally do anything, even things you don't like doing, for 15 minutes. When the time is up, I go back to slacking off, but within the next hour, I set my timer again for another 15 minutes. I generally get to a point when I can see the end of the job in sight and just keep going until it's done. Then I pat myself on the back for being so focused. LOL!!

I reckon I'm not the only one who procrastinates, so if you do too, try the 15 minute trick and see if it works for you. And when you finish the job you don't want to do, silently congratulate for being such a hard worker. : ) You deserve it.

I will be contacting swappers this afternoon about the swap and postal addresses. Stand by, I'll start my timer soon.
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