Generally speaking, I am not a Procrastinator.
What I am . . . is a Just-in-Timer.
I tend to get all the things I need to get done . . . done. Always on time. (Although sometimes right at the buzzer.)
So I may tell you all that I'm "needing to get started on my taxes."
(Which is true.)
But. When are taxes due?
(Yeah. April 15.)
Do I need to do them right now?
I can guarantee you, though, I'll have my taxes finished and submitted in early April.
Because if I need to do something . . . and if it has a specific time frame or a deadline . . . I WILL get it done.
The problem, you see, is the things I just kinda sorta WANT to do. You know . . . those things that have no meaningful deadline attached to them.
Like . . . removing the wallpaper and then painting my dining room.
I WANT to do that. I really do.
But . . . because I have no specific time frame or deadline . . . I haven't quite started yet.
My solution to the kinda sorta thing?
I set "pretend" deadlines for myself.
Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. But when I set a "pretend" deadline, the chances are much better that I'll actually get moving on a project.
That's why my house is looking its best . . . whenever I host my book group or have a party.
That's why my garden is weeded and freshly deadheaded . . . whenever we're having folks over for a drink on the patio.
That's why I take art classes . . . to get myself busy painting or drawing so I have something to contribute and show.
It's a sort of balance for me.
Make my task meaningful - and, better yet, give it a deadline (even a fake deadline) - and I will do it.
Left to flail about on my own, though? It will slip right through the cracks!
(As for my dining room? It's going to take a while. So I'm going to say . . . I want my dining room re-finished and painted by next Thanksgiving!)