May’s challenge: procrastination

OK, so this should have been the challenge for February, March, April….  But no, I procrastinated.  Ha ha!  (see, we’re already most of the way through the first week of the month before I got around to posting this.  Just by way of an example).

Anyway, this is the story of my life.  And probably yours too, I’ll bet.  I know from many years of experience that once I start those things, they’ll take little time and not much more effort.  And yet, oh it takes so long to get started.

So, this month I’m challenging myself to clear the overflowing Basket of Doom.  Full of admin stuff I’ll get round to (oh yes?  when exactly?  some of it has been there for not weeks, not months but YEARS) and mending (those pesky clothes moths, don’t you just love them).  Maybe I’ll even move on to the overflowing Filing Tray of Doom too.

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I read a post about procrastination by Leo on Zen Habits (an interesting blog, I always enjoy reading and thinking about his posts), and it spurred me on to get started.  Yes, really.  I’ve already done a few teeny tiny things.  And no, I’m not going to tell you what or when.  Just if, and only at the end of the month.

You could join in if you like.  Do you have a Basket / Drawer / Desk / Shelf of Doom?

We could eat cake afterwards to celebrate our triumphs.  Or not.

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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2 Responses to May’s challenge: procrastination

  1. plot34 says:

    If only I could confine my dooms to a specific location, I’d feel quite smug. In addition to the man drawer of doom and the ironing basket from hell, I can boost the office of doom (shared with the primary owner of the man drawer…) Oh and then, there’s that really scary place under the stairs – not seen the back of that for years (the shame)


    • Oh yes, I know just what you mean. In fact I have been slowly working my way through all manner of drawers, baskets, cupboards and trays of doom over several years. Like many seemingly impossible tasks, I’ve applied the ‘eating an elephant’ approach – nibble off small bits at a time and ignore the size of the whole thing. Hence my focus on just one seemingly most doom-laden one (for now). And now I have the distinct and life-changing advantage that (for now at least) I’m doing hardly any paid work. Boy does it make a difference to what I can tackle! So don’t beat yourself up, you’ll get there (and if you don’t, well, what’s the worst that can happen?)

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