Monday, September 15, 2008

I'll Do It Later

Or why I should never be allowed in a craft store.

I am a professional procrastinator. My skills are amazing actually. I can put off doing anything until much much later. Sometimes I may never even do it all, I'm that good at procrastinating.

When I was in school, I'd start to study and then get distracted by something more fun. Like laundry, or cleaning, or doing the dishes, or making cookies or sleeping or watching TV. At work, I would return phone calls and e-mails, or file or research rather than working on that big project.

Everything would get done and get done well. But it would never get done early, it was always at the deadline. I do some of my best work under pressure.

Take right now for example, right now I should be cleaning. We are having guests staying with us this weekend. In fact they will be here in something like 60 hours. I need to pick up, vacuum, clean the kitchen, clean the bathroom, do some laundry (so they'll have sheets and towels) and move some stuff we've been storing in the guest room.

I've known they were coming for a long time. I could have done this a while ago, but of course I didn't. It rained all weekend, I could have done it then. But I didn't.

What did I do instead? I decided we needed to get new kitchen chairs and recover the dining room chairs we've been using in the kitchen. So I went shopping. They didn't have the chairs I wanted at World Market so I bought a scarf, some halloween decorations and some Christmas ornaments.

Then I went to the fabric store to get some samples for the dining room chairs. Ooooh they have yarn at the fabric store. I decided to crochet myself a new sweater. So I bought all sorts of yummy yarn and new crochet hooks (because they were purple and mine aren't).

So right now, less than 60 hours from our guests' arrival, I have not done any cleaning or laundry or anything. I have not gotten new chairs for the kitchen. I have not recovered the dining room chairs. But I have crocheted half a sweater.

(And did I mention I started this post yesterday? I have a problem.)

12 comments:

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

I totally get you. Its like we are the same person. I have some editing that needs to go out, but I like to do it all last minute. I think I am addicted to the pressure and adrenaline that waiting til the last minute causes.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Oh I know all about that... I can get very busy with airline ticket research for theoretical trips when I'm supposed to be folding laundry... I won't even get into how I procrastinate at work!

iMommy said...

I'm usually pretty good under pressure, too :-)

Just think, though. Now you'll have a clean house (pressure!) AND a beautiful sweater (if you ever get around to it, lol)

MamaCarter said...

no problem, just be sure to clean a passageway to the bed and we'll be fine (says the aforementioned guest...)! :-) hee hee hee


see you soon! muah!

Insta-mom said...

I was going to leave a comment, but I think I'm going to come back and do it later. You know, after I finish putting off all the other stuff I'm supposed to do.

Greisie said...

I'm a champion procrastinator too! As a matter of fact I should be doing laundry right now, but I'm reading your post instead and then I'm sure I'll find oh so many other things to do that don't require laundry.

anymommy said...

I know this problem well, I'm right there with you. Good luck cleaning under pressure!

Mary Beth said...

Twitter and my Google Reader are providing horrible distractions to the work at hand - I'd much rather be exploring the blogosphere than the boring stuff on my desk. *sigh*

Karen said...

I am the Queen of Procrastinating! I can turn a 20-minute task into a two-day job. Like right now. I'm blogging instead of finishing an editing project, which should have been done this morning....

Stacy said...

I like the way you are thinking for Halloween decoration.

Maggie, Dammit said...

I, too, have a procrastination category tag on my blog. I do this waaaaay too much. I'm doing it right now, in fact. ;)

sheasy said...

I can relate. I am the worst at getting halfway through a project before I abandon it and start another one. Maybe I should cut back on my caffeine.