Thursday, January 19, 2012

Why put off till tomorrow...yada, yada, yada

So, I was in the hall closet about to shut the door when I realized that there was a booster seat that I had just put in there instead of "putting it away".  I almost shut the door with the idea of, "I can do that tomorrow", when I stopped.  Seriously, how long would it take to do now?  So, I picked it up and put it on the shelf where it went.  It really wasn't all that hard.  So why did I feel the need to try and put it off?

Thomas Jefferson once said, "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."  Of course, the rebuttal came from Aaron Burr, who stated, “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.”

Why is it so hard sometimes to stop and do something?  I mean, I have this long list in my head of all the things I need to stop and accomplish.  One was as simple as taking a picture of something to e-mail to a friend.  Not to difficult, right?  It has taken me a month and a half and I just sent it tonight.  I don't enjoy procrastinating.  Honestly, it stresses me out.  I mean, how hard is it to put a couple pictures in Sweet Pea and Wildman's scrapbooks?  Not very but I get so overwhelmed at how far behind I am that I just can't bring myself to do it.

Take my blog as another example.  I got to the point where I was stressed out about writing because I had so many things to write about and I had not done it yet.  So all these ideas kept piling up and then I looked at the list and looked at everything else I had to do and just kept putting it off.  I know I am not the only one who does this.  The thing is, we (and by we I mean mothers as a collective) seem to hold ourselves to some higher standard.  If we don't post the pictures we took of our children playing in the first snow of the year, birthday party, laughing, etc within a certain period of time, all is lost.  OK, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the idea.
It took me too long to post the photos!
Why?  It's not like we are sitting around doing nothing all day.  But I also know that I don't necessarily manage my time the best either.  I know there is probably some place where I could squeeze out an hour to work on the kiddos scrapbooks or hang pictures, sand a door, etc.  Then again, I procrastinate.  Next week I will work on getting up earlier, making Wildman have quiet time, having a set schedule, blah, blah, blah.  So, here is what I am going to do:  Each day I am going to do one thing that I have said, on that day, that I was going to wait to do.  So, if I am going to wait until later to take the bills up to my desk, I am going to do it right then.  If I am going to wait to put something away, I am going to do it right now.  Just one thing a day.  I think I can do it.  Can you do it?  Let's see if I can work on following Thomas Jefferson's quote more closely than Aaron Burr's.

Just continuing with the cat theme

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