"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land..." Psalm 16
- Do my daily exercise and gratitude sessions (Done)
- Finish making changes for client A that he has used a temporary workaround for now, but which he is anxiously waiting for my updates (did only a bit more on it)
- At least start on finishing some enhancements for client B who has been patiently, so far, waiting for me to finish for several months (did nothing at all with it)
- John O.
Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)
Although I wrote yesterday that I did not find the work that bad once I got started on it, I soon ran into a part that I did not want to do. It was then that I started procrastinating again and, thus, did not get it done, or much of anything else either! I believe that I just need to learn to keep pushing through each of these blockages rather than try to avoid or ignore them by doing something else instead. I would appreciate any opinions about how I may be best do that, such as what you have successfully used yourself. Thank you.
When I'm facing something that I really don't want to do, and it's usually something that I don't really know *how* to do and it's big and scary, I find that I can set a timer and work on it for 5 minutes, then take a 5 minute break, etc. 5 minutes doesn't seem like much but 5 minutes is infinitely more than nothing (quoting Clem). After facing it for several 5 minute periods, it gets better.
"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel
In my particular case, the issue is not that I don't really know how to do it, but that there is quite a bit of monotonous work to do. Although I don't have a timer handy, I can certainly simulate that by deciding to do just a few minutes work, and then take a break. I agree that this seems less "scary" than thinking about doing the whole thing at one time. After 5 minutes, I may even find that I can continue working. I think that the key thing is to just get started on it somehow since, as I mentioned before, it is then often not that difficult to keep working.
another day. another attempt at overcoming.
:) 10min ci
:) 10min emerg email only / ck mtgs
30min quiet time
:) 620min wko
10min work plan
a little too binge-y a day.
the touch of the master's hand: http://procrastinators-anonymous.org/node/1898#comment-27748
"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb
Finish project 1.
I've been to the gym, got to work at a reasonable time, and I have my coffee. Making todo list now. NO MEETINGS today yay. I am going to try to have lunch with my bestie if I can sneak away for an hour.
I've been up and working about 45 minutes, but it's been paperwork. And the last half hour or so has been occupied w/ tracking down something that would not have been a problem if I had filed it and entered it in my records when it was fresh.
Not a great way to start the day.
MR is again the big project today. Hope to try to finish this AM. Not sure if I can.
Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church (1948-2009)
The Hero's Code: Show Up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.
I plan to do the following things
1. Finish Chapter 5 of my Textbook
2. Work on Chapter 6 on my Textbook
3. Put my Clothes Away
4. Clear Off my Tables
5. Clear off my couch
6. Do my hair
7. Get my stuff ready for work.
I feel all over the place today. Woke feeling anxious and decided to get on with things so:
Up prayer and reflection
Cleaned up bathroom and hall doors
Washed up and a little tidy in kitchen
This now means that I have finished cleaning and tidying my place and I feel very good about myself because of this.
Bath, washed hair and personal care
Post contains letter from solicitor again I have left things too long - this is not exactly new and dates from before this programme so I am being kind to myself
Checked details of transport and opening hours for Sunday
Put on washing machine
Out to bank for money
Looked for food containers and cooking things and didn't find any
Looked for some food bits and didn't find them
Bought a load of fruit and veg
Home and posted this
Rest - I am tired and a bit confused
List what else I need to buy
Unload washing machine when it has finished
Have a quiet reflective think - I am moving almost too fast
Rushed out again and bought more shopping and I have nearly got all I want and need
Hung up washing
Ate lunch - I knew there was something I had forgotten
Finally list what I still need
Rest and take it easy
Contact friend this evening
A very little tidying and washing up etc
Big day today--first thesis committee mtg!
Scheduled: (maybe seminar 12:15-1:15), committee mtg 3-5 + maybe talk w/ advisor after about how it went, youth group 6-10ish
MITs for today:
*Finish revising presentation
*Order HU (will do this soon)
*Mail mothers day stuff (actually I'm seeing my mom next weekend, so I think I'll bring it to her then...but I need to write card today!)
*Talk to JA, email CB
*Grading plans (have sent one email about this, need to send another)
*Check on expt (working on this now)
*Do some organizing
OK, going to work for 1 hr on revising presentation, then I'll order HU.
"A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb
"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb
Hey, where is everyone? it's only Friday! I'm really late for my check in today, it's almost 1 pm. Spent my morning sleeping long and being really slow to shower, have breakfast and get out of the house. I'm supposed to give ch2 to a friend today who offered to crossread it and i'm far from done.
so my big task for today is to proceed as far as possible on ch2 and then send her what i've got = partial success = positive feeling = motivation to go on and finish. the alternative would be not sending anything at all = failure. so i think i settle for the first option. only problem is lack of motivation to start. but that's why i'm here. since this day appears to be a single great dangerzone the second task is to regularly report on progress here - i would be thankful for support today to keep me from wasting the remaining 5 hours that i've got for doing my work.
apart from that i should write the email to T. from yesterday's list. but today's lack of motivation covers pretty much any activity, personal or other, so i think i'll concentrate on the first two tasks and put that off to next week.
you asked for support, you got it. Just know that i am here on the other side of the globe struggling w/ the same things--motivation to get started, stay on track. And that's why i, too, am here :D
*sigh* will start now. set timer to 3x 15 min with 3 min breaks. things to get started with:
- sort notes/ open relevant articles
- read what i've written already
- check notes and briefly think about structure
- scan articles for facts
- continue writing
- report back
as the day goes on, things get worse. at least haven't got better yet. i don't want the day to end in a complete failure! *trying not to hate myself* but even showing up again is something i doubted i'd do until a min ago. well. i'll try to set the timer now. let's see.
- open timer window - set timer
- (read what i've written already) (half of it - need to rearrange)
- report back
I am in a bad mood today. I have been ignoring my studies and now need to work hard all weekend to catch up. I said I wouldn't do this again. I was pulling my hair out by the last assignment. I have three weeks to the next one but a lot of work to catch up on and I have to work with others too so I may have missed the boat on that. I hate playing catchup. I have spent the last hour pointlessly moving emails about in their diansour system only to discover that it was a pointless & unnecessary exercise. Bah!
Why do I do this to myself? Will I EVER learn?
I know what you mean, I hate catch up as well. You are here and you keep trying to move forward, so I have confidence that you WILL learn. I'm still not great but I'm better than I was, thanks to this program...just a matter of showing up every day, trying lots of different strategies, and relying on my HP and you guys.
Best of luck today! :)
Thanks Kromer. Today I have looked again and it is not so bad as I thought. I do have to work hard and steadily but I have not totally blown it. Close but can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
> I hate playing catchup.
ME TOO. and yet, i do it all the time. Such is my lot, i hate it, want to avoid it, and yet have to endure it nearly daily. I guess it's my cross to bear.
being late too. i hate that and am almost always late. This has improved somewhat in the last 2 yrs.
> Will I EVER learn?
YES! i have every hope that a positive transformation for you is possible. painful, perhaps. slow and deliberate, maybe. But POSSIBLE.
Thanks Clement. Good to hear your words.
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