Procrastination

I’m Still A Fan of Deadlines

When I got the idea to write this post, I remembered that I once wrote a post called In Praise of Deadlines. I searched for it and was surprised to see that I wrote it 11 years ago! Well, I’m still a fan of deadlines to get us motivated and push us through to the finish line. (Don’t worry, the sports metaphors end here.) As many of you know, I like to read. I read 82 books last year and…

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When One Project Begets Many

Have you ever avoided a project because you knew the end result would be a lot more projects? I had that experience a few days ago. The task “Organize photo shelves” has been on my list since the pandemic began. All my life, I have put my photos in albums. I used loose-leaf binders, which fit very nicely on my bookcase. When I became a parent, however, I became a scrapbooker to better document my daughter’s life. I switched to 12″…

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Pushing It Over the Finish Line

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” — William James As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been spending the recent down-time by tackling some long-delayed personal projects. It has been delightful checking them off my to-do list. Every project, however, leaves a few remaining tasks of a slightly different nature. For example, when I cleaned out the DVD cabinet under my television, there were some DVDs that I still needed to examine more closely,…

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A Pile of Postponed Decisions

Does your desk have a pile of papers on it that never goes away? Mine does. It gets smaller (sometimes) and larger (mostly), but it’s always there. My very wise organizing colleague, Barbara Hemphill, declared that “Clutter is postponed decisions.®” Nowhere is this more evident than in the pile of papers on my desk. It is a pile of postponed decisions. Last month, when our illustrious Governor Cuomo declared that everyone should be staying home, I decided that I would tackle…

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Finishing A Lingering Project

In January three years ago, in a blog post called Projects That Never Get Done, I mentioned that I was starting a long-postponed project to locate, watch, and digitize the home movies from my daughter’s childhood. Later that year, I wrote again about the project in Down Memory Lane. The ultimate goal was to rid myself of the video cameras on which we had taken those movies. I’m happy to say that I have finally finished that project! Why did this project…

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