I just spent the whole weekend not checking email. It would have been so easy to do it. I was home most of the time. The computer is just downstairs in my office. I even knew that there were a couple of important emails waiting for me, since my sister had phoned and said, “I’ve sent you a couple of important emails” which was a pretty reliable clue.
But I didn’t do it.
The garden was calling and there were a million things to do out there, and the sun was out most of the time and the air was fresh and spring is almost here, and I just kept telling myself, “At four o’clock,” or “After dinner,” or “Over breakfast Sunday morning.”
It’s so easy to avoid doing the things you should be doing and don’t want to do, when there are other things you should be doing that you actually enjoy. The garden really needs a lot of attention after being neglected over winter, so it’s not like I was just slacking off and going shopping. I was working hard, out there!
But still, it was an avoidance strategy, I’m not going to kid myself on that.
And now it’s Monday morning as I’m writing this, and there were something like 112 emails in my in-box and my slackness over the weekend has risen up to haunt me. It’s taking all morning to deal with the content of the emails, and write the pony club newsletter, and all those other tasks that I do at my computer but that aren’t actually writing and that I don’t actually want to do at all.
It’s beginning to be clear that checking email is one of the top tasks on my Procrastination list right now. Another task also currently featuring on that shameful list - and I know some of you are going to yell at me about this one, and rightly so – is scheduling a routine mammogram. I’ll make that phone call this week, I really will.
Filing papers, also on the list.
A couple of other phone calls I need to make, but haven’t.
The list is getting disturbingly long.
Taking some bags of clothing to the charity bin.
Um, really ashamed now, another medical thing, a routine blood test. (But at least I’m up to date on the dentist.)
How about you? What items on your To Do list just keep filtering their way to the bottom and don’t actually get done? Any tips on how to motivate yourself to do them?
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