Tackling Procrastination

18 Oct

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of things get put off for “later” that really don’t need to be. It’s not just ordinary things like dishes and laundry, it’s stuff like framing & hanging pictures, buying things that you need but don’t want to spend the money on, and little things like cleaning out the crazy junk drawer.

This week I accomplished four big things that I had been putting off.

1) I bought plane tickets for our trip to CA next month. Usually I buy them 3 months in advance but I put it off because I hated the idea of spending that much money… even though my friends said they’d help us pay for it! It’s my best friend’s Wedding and I’m IN it so it’s not really much of an option. Just the thought of paying $400-600 on plane tickets was not something I wanted to deal with. Thankfully, the Lord provided (as always) and we bought 2 round trip plane tickets for a total of $402.00 :oD

2) We finally bought a kennel for our dog Penny. We managed to avoid this for a year and a half! It’s a good thing though because during the winter, we won’t have to worry about her peeing all over the carpet again.

3) I cleaned the downstairs couch (in the basement) that was covered in photos and photo boxes for MONTHS. We never go down there (except to do laundry) so for months I’ve put off cleaning off that couch. What an enormous relief it is to have it done!

4) I finally got caught up on my Photography homework!! I have been in this home study program for over a year and if I really sat down and did it on a regular basis, I would have finished it a year ago hah.

I’m trying to come up with a list of things that I have been putting off and plan time to tackle them in the coming weeks. So far this is what I have, and what I hope to accomplish within the next month:

  1. Clean out the cupboard in the bathroom. It is a disaster.
  2. Clean out our junk drawer (which has an organizer tray in it, btw hahaha)
  3. Buy a toy box for Zoe’s room and a toy box for the livingroom. (Our dog has managed to destroy tons of Zoe’s toys because they are out on the floor all the time and we have nowhere to put them.)
  4. Complete first graded project for the Photography Diploma Program.
  5. Create a Recipe binder. I am up to my ears in new recipes to try but can never find the ones I wanted when the time comes… they are scattered all over and they must be put into one location.
  6. Write to Babicka (my great-grandmother). I always say I’m going to write and I never do.
  7. Write to our sponsor child, Fabiola.
  8. Figure out our Budget. Since Zoe has been born I have done a terrible job at keeping up with our budget.
  9. Get rid of all our junk. Find a plastic tub, label it “Stuff To Donate” and throw stuff in there.
  10. Tackle all of our 100,000 photos. Print, frame & put up photos, organize them, find proper storage (whether it be photo albums or a new hard drive for digital photos), and mail photos out to people who have asked.
  11. Find a cute costume for Zoe’s first Halloween. Even though we don’t really do much to celebrate Halloween… I still want to let her dress up each year and I’m very big on “firsts” and since it is her first Halloween, I’d love for her to have a costume 🙂

I plan to print out this list and post it on my fridge (something I look at every day). My goal is to have accomplished all of these things by November 18th. One month from today!

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One Response to “Tackling Procrastination”

  1. Spaceofgrace October 18, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Sounds like we have lots in common… I have a photography business that I’ve owned for 6 years. Your course sounds neat! We spent the afternoon hanging pics and stuff. I am reading a great book right now called The House that Cleans Itself. Haha.. I’m getting there.. one project at a time right? I like your blog… glad you have the “followers” option. Email me any time!

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