Ironing, and other "Shoulds"
Reading all the comments to E's list that included ironing sheets made me think about a friend I had as a child whose mother insisted that they iron all the sheets. My mother had us iron the pillow cases only! This friend's mother was literally insane and probably abusive. One time she ended up sniffing gas in all the corners of the house. I'm not sure what happened to Kathy!
The reason I point this story out is because people do things for strange reasons. And then we find ourselves following their example. No wonder we procrastinate. I'm sure you've heard the story of the woman who always cut the end of the ham. When someone inquired as to why she did it, she told them that her mother had done it that way. Finally she asked her mother why she cut the end off of the ham. Her mother's reply: "So it would fit into my pan!"
Hillary Rettig, who wrote the free e-book, The Little Guide to Ending Procrastination, recommends getting others to do things like ironing sheets, or other tasks that keep us from doing that which we feel is important. I know I can easily procrastinate doing housework. Afterall, it's one of the most societal-ingrained "should" for women.
I've been trying to get myself to write at home, but it's not working. I would rather do housework, believe it or not!!! (I don't, but it's true.) One reason I wanted to force myself to do this was to save money. My favorite place to write is at a coffee shop. That involves spending gas money to get there and $2 for a cup of tea! But I've decided that forcing myself to do anything created that old "demand resistance" in me and nothing gets done.
So . . . I will continue to do my best to save money and still go to NEARBY coffee shops to write and do homework. Others may be able to write from a home office, but what works for others doesn't work for me!
Like ironing sheets!!!!!