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Saturday, May 14th 2005

7:22 AM

More on Procrastination

  • Feeling... a mix of emotions right now
  • Pondering... how to change my life around

Procrastination...the very word sends flashes of guilt through the person who has this habit down to an artform.  As I said in my May 1st post, procrastination is something that has become such an ingrain habit, I do it without even realizing half the time.  I've been analyzing why I procrastinate and here are the reasons I came up with:

1. Because I feel like I should be doing something else

2. I'm feeling swamped and overwhelmed because I've let so much get out of hand that I've got stuff everywhere needing my attention and so I shut down...kinda like burying my head in the sand...only I use the computer (email, chat, surfing).

3. I'm feeling tired and lacking energy and again thinking about all that needs doing seems even more exhausting.

4. Being lazy

5. The whole fearing failure/success/change/unknown thing.

I'm not entirely sure what to do with the knowledge of knowing why I do it, but there you go. 

Another thing I've come to realize is that because I've procrastinated on everything in my life, I've gotten to a point now where I can't even work on the things I enjoy doing because the guilt of not doing it for so long ways heavily on me. 

I also tend to defeat myself because I want to accomplish or catch up on everything NOW!  I don't want to do it one small step at a time...I'm afraid I'll never get caught up because it will take forever working that slow.  The reality is...at least I'd be moving forward.

I need/want to become an action-oriented woman of momentum.  That's my phrase to keep in mind as I try and turn this situation around.  I've given myself one task to accomplish today...only one and the rest of what I get down will just be a bonus.  I can't tell you how many things are screaming for attention right now, but I will do this one thing today: I need to finish clipping my standard poodle.  I'm only focusing on his head and body.  The paws are not included right now.

I've also bought myself a five subject notebook in which I'll work through my procrastination habit and begin replacing that with good habits.  I've got some ideas of what to try and I'll be sharing my progress as I go.

A side note: out of desperation, I called my sister and asked her to come help me for a week.  I want her to help me purge my home, organize it better and help me set up systems plus hold me accountable after she leaves.  I even told her she has free range in directing my home, myself and my children (hubby is not included lol..he directs himself).  Am I crazy?  YES!  hehe  I think she may agree simply because she can boss her older sis around.

One thing I admire about my sister and my mother is how they both keep on top of the different things in their lives.  I want to learn how they do that. 

Stay tuned to see how things progress around here as I take procrastination on and overcome this beast.

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Posted by Littlemiss:

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Sunday, May 22nd 2005 @ 11:40 AM

Posted by Audra Silva:

Thanks, Becky!

hehe Thanks, Peggy. They are pretty special. :)
Thursday, May 19th 2005 @ 9:15 AM

Posted by A Mother's Love by Peggy:

That would be wonderful if your sister could come help! It's SO much easier when there's more then one! It's even easier to declutter and stuff because you have 'fresh' eyes going through things helping to decide what is not worth keeping!

I hope it works out for her to come! How's she doing Audra?

And I agree, I know your kids and they are wonderful kids. The best friends my children have ever had! Very respectful and VERY kind, so Audra, you are doing something right! I realize you feel God is doing it inspite of you, but He is also using you to do it through! :)
Tuesday, May 17th 2005 @ 10:48 PM

Posted by Becky:

Just stopping by to say hello. I feel like I've been away from the computer forever and it's just been a week. Have an awesome week!!
Monday, May 16th 2005 @ 5:59 AM

Posted by Audra Silva:

Thanks, Claire. I really do spend way to much time procrastinating though. I can't get a book finished that way. :)

Thank you, Gina. I agree, they are amazing children...I'm thankful God did that inspite of my failings.

I'm looking forward to my sister coming...at least I'm hoping it works out for her to come visit.
Sunday, May 15th 2005 @ 7:55 AM

Posted by Gina:

I have to agree with Claire! Granted, you may not get everything you'd like to get done, done, and granted you may find yourself taking respites from life on the computer. But, Audra- I have been in your home and I have seen your family, and I would have to say: if you accomplish nothing else in this lifetime, you have accomplished (and are accomplishing) the greatest thing of all- you are raising 5 beautiful, well-mannered, decent, delightful children!! Take pride and great satisfaction in that.
And don't beat yourself up too much- your mom and sister may "be on top of things" but they aren't raising and homeschooling 5 children!!! haha.
I'm glad Jessica is coming to stay with you. That will be such a wonderful time for the two of you to bond closer, and it always feels so good to get a lot done at one time- then you feel like you can actually move forward!!
Love you, friend!! :)
Saturday, May 14th 2005 @ 4:40 PM

Posted by Claire Andrews:

Audra, if you're not an action woman with five children, doing everything else you do already, I don't know who is! Mind you, getting your sister to help with a spring clean is a good idea - easier to do it with someone else.
Saturday, May 14th 2005 @ 2:34 PM

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