Last week was such a success that I feel a desire to do the challenge again already. I wonder how much harder it’ll be this time around. Last week much of it was easy. The tasks I had been putting off for some time were small quick tasks. Now my tasks will take a lot longer to accomplish.
For today’s list: smog the car, pay the registration fee, box up and mail out the ebay packages, shop for dinner (pizza), start seeds, schedule large item pickup, and probably work on the curtains dress. I should also figure out why ebay borked on me last week and if I can still list other video games besides the pc ones.
The petite fours from last week have been removed from the to-do list (my friend wants to make them instead). A lot of the deep cleaning things will probably be put off again for awhile. I’ll have to keep them in mind though if I’m doing a full week of no procrastination. If the weather is sunny, I’ll probably get to them.
Car passed smog but I ran into a snaffu with my ebay packages. I still haven’t calculated shipping costs correctly and it’s going to be a fair chunk of money to ship my lastest packages. That and hunger completely derailed my motivation and I came home to sulk/eat food. I have already caught myself procrastinating several times and hope to overcome it soon. Maybe I should just stream games?
Now obviously I didn’t post the days after these days but I still was pretty proud of myself. On Thursday I got quite a bit accomplished in regards to all my sewing. I don’t remember entirely what I did all day, but I remember feeling very satisfied that hadn’t procrastinated much.
Friday was a different story. I started out the day streaming a game (so I wasn’t “procrastinating”) but it didn’t go great. Then in the afternoon I tried shutting off the computer to do all my chores but I kept putting it off and putting it off. I was honest with myself and knew I was procrastinating, but just couldn’t make myself do things. Eventually I was able to do some of the cleaning up chores needed for Saturday (such as the bathrooms) but I still felt like I failed.
Saturday morning – while not part of the challenge this week – was remarkably successful. I made two roasts and a cake, finished cleaning the bathrooms and common areas, and set up games for guests. Got several compliments on the cleanliness of the house and on my food. The best compliment I got though was putting several people into a food coma. WIN!
Overall a week of No Procrastinating was a wonderful productive challenge and I feel much less stressed in general.
So, part of not procrastinating is updating to the new wordpress…it looks different and weird. It’s especially weird since I wrote the previous post only 10 minutes ago on old wordpress and now am writing on new wordpress. Moving on.
There is a very subtle difference between not procrastinating and being productive. Being productive indicates I should always be doing something constructive – like working on the blog – an shouldn’t “waste time” playing Pocket Frogs or computer games. Not procrastinating on the other hand, means not putting off things I need to do for long periods of time. It’s okay to play computer games if I’m being intentional about doing so. It’s okay to relax, so long as I’m not putting off fast things to do. But at what point does relaxing stop being intentional and start being procrastination? That is the fine line I’m trying to define. Anyways, here is a massive list of things I need to do with an (F) if I’m frustrated with it.
Update everything on WordPress
- Figure out how to stop or lessen spam comments on WP (PF)
- Finish curtains dress
- self draft pattern for curtains dress top (F)
- create bonnet (F)
- list old camera on ebay
- review wp themes and make this a more legit blog
- fix stove burner
- fix sink drain in bathroom (FFFFFFFFF)
- get shower glass sparkly (FFF)
- clean bathrooms
- add twitch weekly schedule block
- make practice petit fours
- organize/put away fabric sewing stuff
order boxes for selling stuff
- TAKE CAR IN FOR SMOG!!!!
- fold laundry
- weed yard
- water flowers
- schedule large item pick up
- clean pantry door and shelves
- clean microwave
- clean sides of oven
- clean sides of fridge
- mop floors
- vacuum stairs
- start seeds
- buy extra xmas quilt fabric
- put on bed skirt
- change sheets
Yesterday (day 2) of no procrastinating didn’t go quite as well as intended. For one, I was a bit stymied by M working from home. In many ways I felt I couldn’t wander the house talking to myself ’cause it would be distracting for him. So I hid in my room a lot. Getting stuff done in there also didn’t work well as I was tired all day long. Took a nap in the mid afternoon. After the nap I finally worked on listing more stuff on Ebay…only to be told there are also “category limits” that I had exceeded. Couldn’t find anything stating what those limits were, only that I had met them and would have to wait up to 30days before I could list anymore things. This frustrated me so I cleaned the kitchen (why am I the only one that empties the dish drain in this house?) and served up dinner. At least I got laundry done, some ebay stuff listed, some streaming in the evening. I also finally emptied my old camera and took pictures of it to list on ebay (which won’t count toward the category limits). Successful enough, but not a great day.
Saw a video of a guy who went 7 days without procrastinating (or so he said). I thought the concept was fascinating but more for 5 days not 7. So here goes. (Probably not getting through this, just a place to put thoughts.)
I was thinking about this concept before bed last night and also this morning as I woke up, which is a good sign that I might be able to do this sort of challenge. No procrastinating feels different than being productive or not using electronics. With being productive or not using electronics, I never feel like I can just sit and relax or chill. But no procrastinating means not putting things off for later but also allowing myself time to relax. Maybe that’s why it feels different.
The morning has been very successful thus far. I packed up the goodwill donations and ebay mailings while M got ready for work. He had to take his car in today and I drove him from the shop to work. Sent off my ebay packages and then walked around old town collecting pokestops. Probably walked at least a mile so that was good. It didn’t burn enough time for the goodwill shop to open though so I just came back home. I have to go out again several times this week so I can do that errand then. At least now it’s in the trunk waiting for a good opportunity instead of me tripping over it constantly. I then cleaned out my blog spam messages which have piled up. Hopefully I can find a way to prevent it from coming in.
I’m torn on how well my new online presences is working. Ebay and twitch streaming are both going well and there is future potential for long term earnings in both of them – but then I’ll be at the computer a lot which I think is bad for me. Still, the twitch streaming lets me play games and not feel as guilty about it.
Things I should stop procrastinating on (for me):
- acquire and replace hvac filters
- finish bonnet
- finish curtains dress
- pin quilt halves together and see if I can begin sewing
- sell old camera
- backup computer files
- list more ebay stuff
- clean bathrooms
- look at/fix stove burner
- smog car
- put washer fluid in car
- start seeds
It’s quite a bit of stuff that takes awhile but there it is. I think I’ll go do stuff now.
Whew! I’ve been very productive. I did the car washer fluid. I made a bedskirt that I’ve been planning for a couple of years now – just have to put it on the bed. I laid out my quilt and found out I need more christmas material (plus I took measurements so I’ll know how much more I have to buy). I repaired my pajama pants and a hole in my favorite dress (which I avoided doing all last year). I still have another small repair job on my dress that has to be done by hand. I washed the pantry door and all the dishes. Food is on the stove. I think I’ll take the rest of the evening off and maybe stream some games later.