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Norm's Check In
I have been getting tonnes achieved lately. DSO is stunned. Success is breeding success too. I got my accounts finished (I know I already mentioned it, but I just wanted to say it a little bit LOUDER, LOL!); I made a stinky phone call yesterday (using the VOW method - I'd vowed I'd do it or else (and I think of a reward and a consequence); and today I had a phone call and a few web-tasks to do that I've been putting off for weeks. Buoyed up by recent successes I did them (I had to force myself, and it took me 3 hours instead of the 1 I thought it would, but I did it).
Sorry grammar etc gone to pot - auto shut down is nearly here!
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25th March 2006 Check In
Just to report that I'm keeping up with the techniques I've learned here - I don't post bookending here, but I do use it, and things continue to go well. I have been late maybe twice this month, and then only by a couple of minutes (and, as I've discovered, I'm not late for things when other people are ~depending~ on me). In fact, on one occasion I was late, I was still the first to arrive! ;)
There are still things I procrastinate about, but now it's hours rather than days/weeks/months/years. I have also discovered that some things are getting put off due to genuine time constraints, rather than what I would call 'procrastination' (i.e. I have the opportunity to do something, but put it off). So I've stopped giving myself a hard time about the things I really don't have the opportunity to get done.
Accounts are being kept up-to-date, and I'm keeping up with phone calls (still hate doing them). I had a problem getting myself to do the shopping list yesterday - I did all sorts of other things I don't like instead. I waited till DSO came home and we did it 'together' - actually I still did most of it, but I had moral support which made a difference. How can it be so hard to do a shopping list? LOL!
I would love to hear how other people are getting on - not heard from Pro, Gwen, Norske, Proxinator, Flexiblefine, Nonplus, Douglas, MiSCme and a few others for some time. Are you there and lurking? How about you start a Check In thread of your own and give us an update about what's working and what's not?
Good to hear from you. Sounds like you're keeping chaos at bay! Sounds really good. Thanks for asking about us. It's nice to be checked in on. Maybe I will take a moment to make my own Check-In thread. See you there!
Gnothi Seauton ~ Know Thyself
Mutual Support & Analysis
I think I will do what you do Gwen, and check in once a week. I'm very erratic with it at the moment. I've got another board I go to on Thursdays - I may pop in on other days, but Thursday is my 'designated day'. So I'll designate Thursdays to come here too. I value the mutual support, although I can get that at other sites too, but what I get here that I don't seem to get elsewhere is a serious analysis of what is actually going on for us.
My bit of analysis for today is that I am having serious procrastination problems this afternoon. I think there are two reasons: 1) I had the day off for my birthday yesterday and just played around. I didn't get to do everything I wanted - not enough playtime! 2) I got a ~major~ anti-procrastination task done today (it's been on the list, literally, for years), and my 'anti-procrastinator' side is thinking 'I've done my bit for today!'
I've posted on a few threads now, and I'm slowly beginning to feel like getting something done! In fact I'm going to set myself a goal (I wasn't ready for a goal an hour ago!) - it's 3.20 pm now, and I'm going to get started on my ToDos by 4.00pm. Timer is set - off I go!
Normy, you asked...
I'm still here, peeking in each weekday to see what discussion is happening. As you know, it's been quiet here...
I've been going back and forth between busy busy busy (thanks to sudden deadline pressure) and serious slacking (when the pressure's off). I've fallen out of the habit of doing work first, so I end up wasting a lot of time.
I got another Big Important Project dropped on me last week, so I guess I'll have deadline pressure to keep me "motivated" to make progress. This one is big and important enough that my boss wants progress reports, so I know I'm going to have to make progress so I can report it.
I have had some luck with plain old determination -- picking an item on my next-action lists (I use David Allen's "Getting Things Done" method) and pushing myself to do it, then working my way down the list.
Part of my problem seems to be related to not being able to make choices, and I may commit a little GTD blasphemy and start planning my days just to give myself a shorter list to work from.
Overall, I'm still here, and I'm still struggling.