Stop Procrastination…NOW!

And a pleasant good afternoon to you all! I am in a good mood. The really good news is – drum roll, please! – I found my iPad! I had this mini epiphany. I remembered I had a bag with a test in it also in my rolling crate. The little devil was hiding in there. “Reunited and it feels so good!” Anyone remember Peaches and Herb? [We haven’t had a music reference for some time.  Click here for Reunited by Peaches and Herb.] Possibly one hit wonders. Dunno.

Anyway, once again I am the example of what not to do. Do not fail to activate find my iPad. Having done that would have saved me grief.

Second happy thought: I skied all afternoon yesterday….detour here. Why does autocorrect always want to turn skied into smoked? Insidious plot by the tobacco companies? Subliminal suggestions? Weird.

Back on track. I skied all afternoon! Daughter of a friend drove about 40 miles to come for me and then another 40 miles to take me to the ski area. Bless her soul.  Yes, I paid her way. It was a win-win situation. She who does not have a lot of money got her way paid. She with no way to get there got a ride. I can live with that.

Another good thing: I was cross-country skiing this afternoon. My dog walk was a dog ski. Should be able to go several more times in the next week. Did I mention the weather is freaky? We have gone from 70 degrees in February to a predicted blizzard in March. Nor’easter said to be on its way. Again, weird.

Please note I am rambling. I don’t want to work in my taxes and I would probably do anything that is not illegal, immoral or fattening to get out of it right now.

Wait, nix fattening. I have exercised a lot this weekend.

Procrastination was a lovely little invention. Seth Gillihan writing for Psychology Today said people procrastinate because a) it is going to be a pain or b) they fear they might not do a good job or c) both a and b.

In other words, things we procrastinate on are generally just plain uncomfortable. Procrastinating is rewarding because we can pretend that we have ‘dodged the bullet’. In psychology talk that is negative reinforcement, i.e. removal of something negative that increases the chances of the action that removed the negative of happening again. That was a little convoluted but you can check the link for clarification.

Gillihan has a list of ways to avoid procrastination. I plan on doing some of them. I am going to accept (DBT alert!) the cursed things have to be done and consciously decide to start. I have already gotten pieces of the process done so it should be more manageable. Accountability is already there. The accountant and the IRS see to that. I could probably find someway to reward myself.

That leaves two of his ideas: make a space to work and have a time and reminders. I could probably work on them right here. A time? We probably won’t have school Tuesday. How about then?!??

What? Why not? You guys really are no fun!?

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