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Procrastination
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Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:29:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm new to this message board though I'm not a farmer, I hope you don't mind we writing on your site. Y'all have something special in ya because most of ya grew up on a farm and you are very hard workers. I'm not from the city (don't like it) or a farm. Though some of my family has farms in Wisconsin and Michigan. I loved the Michigan farm because it was so beautiful. I remember fishing with my dad in one of the small lakes his brother owned. The water was so clear you could see the bottom. My mom cleaned the fish and we all had a good supper that evening. Anyway, the reason I'm writing to y'all is because I know that someone has a remedy for procrastination (always putting off what should be done, thinking you have lots of time to do it later). Sometimes I feel that I work faster when I'm under pressure if I know it needs to get done like in an hour or two, but I don't do a good job when I work like that. What do y'all do when you have lots of time, but need to get something done? How do you keep from procrastinating (putting it off till later)?


Rickstir    Posted 11-24-2004 at 14:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm gonna put my anser in.....sometime.


Melanie    Posted 11-24-2004 at 14:54:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was going to say that... in a minute.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 15:03:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
well, now that I think about it....


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 14:19:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL(Laughing out loud)-ok, I get the point :)


Gerrit    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:44:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad thought me this valueble lesson:

Don't put something off till tommorrow, which you can have somebody doing for you today...


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:46:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL-I was thinking that. Hire someone to do everything for me! That would be great. But unfortunately, I'm not that rich.


Gerrit    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:55:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
He also had this sign in his office:

If you have nothing to do, don't do it here!

He was one hard working man and still is. At 83 he does more than many 63 y/o...


Alias    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:28:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Helena,
If you're new to this board I'd like to take this opportunity to bid you welcome.

I don't normerally use my real name here because it's rather long and not easy to grasp. But, in your case, I'll make an exception. Therefore, please be advised that Alias is short for
Procra S. Tination. Which, when said fast, is Procrastination, which means I'm the wrong man to ask........gfp


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:40:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL-well, thank you, Procra S. Tination. Enjoyed the humor.


Melanie    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is something I've been trying to get out from under my whole life. I get the important things done right on time, but the little, less important (and less pleasant) things get put off to a later date. A few suggestions, which I'm trying and have worked pretty well thus far:
* Do the thing you dislike or dread the most first. Then you won't be trying to avoid and escape it and be ambushed by it at the last moment.
* Break your projects down into smaller, more quickly and reasonably achieved pieces. That way you can track your progress and feel good about what you've gotten done so far.
And this last one is courtesy of my MIL about ten years ago, when she was trying to explain to me what procrastination (laziness) really is:
* You have to make yourself behave, and do things, and live up to your own and others' expectations of you. Everybody's got that little kid-like part of their personality that says, "Awww, I don' wannnnnaaaaa!!!!!" You have to accept as an adult that it's your choice to get it done, or your choice to drop the ball and disappoint yourself and others. Her words? "You have to make that little kid inside your head behave."


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:36:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like that. Make the little kid in me behave! As a youngster, I never really got into trouble and kinda got everything I wanted. Well, not everything. :) Don't want to think I'm spoiled because I sure am a mess of a person now. Your message really hit the spot, Melaine, and I thank you deeply for it. Guess I just need a little coaxing into being an adult and having those dreaded adult responsibilities. Oh darn. Wish I were a kid again. No problems.


TB    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:22:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pick the major prodgects and get them dome way ahead of time. Like fire wood for 2004-05 winter season. cut split and ranked in woodshed by March 2004. Then there is the stuff you do a month or two early like get stuff ready for winter. Oct-Nov But try as I might there is allways stuff let go to last moment. Christmass Shopping-----??????????????????---Dce 24:^( gets me every year


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:40:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good idea. For some reason I do the small things first to get them out of the way, then tackle the big stuff. But then, some more small, easy stuff is to be done and I'll do that before it all piles up into big stuff. Go figure.


TB    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:04:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats right Take care of the big stuff first and a lot of the little things just fall into place and just become itty bitty chores that can be done on the fly. and if the itty bitty chores dont get done today it wont take long to do them tomorrow or maybe the next day. hehe


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:13:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm getting the hang of it now. Matter of fact, I'm doing a big project now. I'm not letting those big projects turn into little side projects on their own...just trying to tackle the big one and getting it done. Thanks for the tip!


ret    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
well, all this time I just thought I was lazy, now I find I am a procrastinator. Geeeeeeeeee that big word sure sounds better than lazy. On top of that, everyone I know probably has never heard of it . So, from now on I am a procrastinator, boy, will I get lot of respect. Back to the couch
REt


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:43:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL--that is too funny!


deadcarp    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:06:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
gettingpulled off a project certainly helps. when i had a stroke in 2003, i'd just torn half the roof off the place and even a good rain would have been expensive. but the doctor assured me that if i didn't pay attention to what was in front of us, i'd probly never see my roof again. well i dug in and in a month was able to help finish the roof. that taught me about leaving things half done.

so when i had this year's stroke, the boat was already on the trailer wih the drain plug out, wood was up, furnace was drained and fuel tank was full. i had even finished rapping out the deer-dented fender on ma's van. oh the boys had to add a railing by the ramp, but no big hassle. it's alot less stressful. procrastinate til something comes up and really makes you think. :)


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:28:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is more stressful when things are not done when they are supposed to be. Getting around to doing it is the problem. I haven't had anything serious like yours, only that I know I will feel better when whatever is supposed to be done is done, but I just can't seem to fight off the "disease" of, I hate to say it,laziness. There must be something in everyone, call it gumption if you will, that I do not possess. Where is it? And how do the **ll do I get it? There is no one to make me do it...only me. How can I make "me" do it?


tacon1    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:57:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure as I can help. I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but I never got around to it.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:01:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are fortunate. How do you overcome your adversities?


toolman    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:12:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
helena, DC is an inspiration to us all, he may not toot his own horn but i will for him he is an amazeing person who as im sure you will soon find out as you stick around here and follow his exploits.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:34:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am pondering everyone's comments. I know y'all have something in your own lives that will "click" with mine and that will be of benefit to me. There is something that's missing from my "being" that is needed to be a better person. I'm glad I found this place.


tacon1    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:10:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I haven't, yet.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:16:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Adversities. We all have it. It's part of life. I just thought maybe it was part of my procrastination problem. Maybe it's something deeper. Thanks for sharing.


toolman    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:15:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh for shame lol least im in good company i did get the summer stuff from 02 finished up.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 12:36:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Can't remember who said that.


toolman    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:48:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have to be the king of procrastination, i,ll be following the replys closely, not sure i hope you find a solution at least when im watching, best get to my summer chores soon .ahh


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:53:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tend to forgot there are different personalities out there. Being that I'm pretty much a "loner" I expected only a certain few to reply to my message, or none at all. It's really nice to know that there are those out there who really care and then there are those who add "spice" to life. People are good...really, when you think about it.


Zenia    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Move up your deadlines.

I have always was a procrastinator, waiting until last minute because I work well under pressure. In college, I rarely studied because I had the gift of doing well at test-taking. I usually put in a few hours of study the day/ night before final exams. Once I waited, and came down with a 24 hour flu that really laid me out. All I could do was try to sleep it off. I could not concentrate at all. I learned my lesson, the hard way that time. I did OK on the exams, but I could have done so much better and I knew it. now I set my deadlines in advance. Plus things ALWAYS take longer than I estimate, it seems.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:46:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, Zenia! That helps. I will try to move up my deadline. Good idea! I took a vacation from work to do some work at home, but all I've done so far is not what I intended to do. Some work was done, but then I thought well, I have all this time, I think I will rest from this job and do something else. What I'm trying to do is keep on track and not get sidetracked with something else. This happened to me before. Took some vacation time to work at home and ended up wasting the time on something else.


Chas in Me    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:34:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Helena,
I will get some advice to you, later. LOL
Chas, never doing anything that can't be put off till tommorrow, up here in Maine.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:38:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL- I almost burst the veins in my neck I was laughting so much! Oh boy, I didn't think this would turn out to be a comedy!


Burrhead    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:31:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
we all have the answer but need more time to think about it okay.


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:36:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
LOL(Laughing Out Loud)--That was funny! Oh man..thank you for the laugh. I wasn't expecting that. Sigh. LOL--I'm still laughing. You're great.


Patria    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:37:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeap Helena,that's Burrhead..:-)
Sometimes unfairly misunderstood! LOL


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 13:44:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was in a slump this morning, but y'all have gotten me outta it. It's good to have humor when least expected.


Chas in Me    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:35:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Burr,
Does it scare you at all that people think alike on this board??
Chas, laughing up his sleeve, here in Maine


Burrhead    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:46:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
ROFLMBO yep it's skeery.

I need Steve's t-shirt


steve in in    Posted 11-24-2004 at 11:42:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a t-shirt that says it all. Picked it up from a comedian at a comedy club. It has a rather rotund man in his pajamas laying on a Nike swoosh. Below it reads: "Just do it, Later"


Doc    Posted 11-24-2004 at 15:58:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know but what Momma always said. "The best way to kill time is to work it to death"


Helena    Posted 11-24-2004 at 16:49:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That is a good idea to think about. It's true that the more you do, the faster time seems to fly.


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