I am not usually a procrastinator; in fact, I’m usually the opposite. I almost always start with the thing I don’t want to do and then reward myself with the more pleasure task afterwards – unlike Oscar Wilde, I like to have the dessert at the end.
But every now and then I encounter a project that just throws me for a loop – a project that lingers and lingers while I find excuse after excuse to not get to it. It tortures me and I keep putting it off, even though I remind myself that it won’t take as long as I think, it won’t be as hard, I’ll feel so great when it’s finished. About the only way I’ve found to counteract this is a deadline. Once there is a deadline, then I’m all in for getting it done.
My front porch (yes, she’s going to talk about the front porch again) is right up there. I didn’t have any problem scrapping (although it was taking forever), no issues with sand blasting (although tim helping did set up a deadline if I’d needed it), no issues with replacing the broken glass panes, no issues with getting all the glass to the correct recycling center, no issues with sanding the window frames.
Getting the ceiling done – I’m just tilting at windmills. I simply cannot get myself to stain the ceiling. It started with taping up the plastic – took me a month to figure out how to trick YA into doing it with me. Of course, I could have done all the taping on my own in less than 30 minutes, but I just couldn’t make myself. Now that I don’t have plastic on the to-do list, you’d think the staining would be easy. But no… again, every time I think about it, some other thing that is much more enjoyable “needs” to be done. This past weekend, I spent close to 10 hours in my studio…. cuz I really need more cards, right? Right now I’m trying to think of how to trick YA into the staining as well.
Any projects you’re procrastinating on right now? Any thoughts on how to get YA to do the ceiling for me?