A Little Closer to Done

There’s nothing like the overwhelm that comes with unfinished tasks. A good idea somehow turns into a need to and, before you know it, the Shoulds are pointing their skinny little fingers at you. Like all great procrastinators, you run through your list - once or twice several times a day - trying not to forget anything. In no time, you’re drained to the point of going to bed early and sleeping late.

And, who came up with this Fall Back/Spring Forward stuff anyway? I need all of my hours. Especially, the ones that give me more sunlight at the end of the day. I don’t need another hour of sunlight in the morning when I’m trying to sleep. For me, Darkness + Anywhere near my bed = Sleep. Sorry, I’m just wired that way.

If you haven’t felt any of the overwhelm I’m speaking of, consider yourself blessed because it’s been my primary emotion this year.

Today, however, in the midst of yet another round of color coordinating and sorting by size all the balls I’m juggling between my ears, I had the urge to create a list. Well, it obviously wasn’t enough of an urge because I didn’t move on it. I did, however, sling it in with all the other balls. Did I mention I’m horrible at juggling?

Obviously, unhappy with my lack of commitment, the universe pulled out the big guns…Karen Sandoval and her post Thursday Things. Turns out, Karen has a few things to do as well. And, just in case I thought there were no bullets in the gun, Karen innocently responded to my comment (more procrastination) with a direct call to action “…Do it! Then link me!”

(Insert blank stare here)

She’s even started crossing things off her list…isn’t that grand?!

Welp, guess I’d better get to it.

  1. Freelance Project: Call web designer, again, to discuss blog format.
  2. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  3. Freelance Project: Write three blog posts.
  4. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  5. Freelance Project: Install screenwriting software for Monday’s meeting.
  6. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  7. Register for programming class.
  8. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  9. Write blog post. Thanks, Karen! :)
  10. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  11. Follow up on AdWords account status.
  12. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  13. Write newsletter for Monday 2/10…”Too Early For Procrastination” sounds like a good title.
  14. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  15. Read a few more chapters from APE: Author Publisher Entrepreneur.
  16. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching
  17. Gather tax documents.
  18. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching
  19. Journal about the two crazy dreams I had after devouring a Sonic’s All-American hotdog and washing it down with a green apple Sprite. Wondering if there’s more meaning to those dreams than don’t have a hotdog and Sprite before bed?
  20. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  21. Purchase ticket to BlogHer ’14 conference.
  22. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  23. Put desk-sized calendar on the wall or…the desk.
  24. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  25. Call him back.
  26. Complete another chapter in my book, March 31st is fast approaching.
  27. Wash the car and get an oil change.

I guess you can tell where most of my angst is coming from. For some reason, it seems committing to others is far easier than committing to myself. Like Karen, I also have some around the house chores but they aren’t bothering me like the ones above. Or, rather, the one above.

Writing the book is only one piece, there’s rewriting, editing, beta readers, ISBN numbers to order and a cover to design. The writing has to come first even thought the world keeps turning.

Today, I’ll write first and then I’ll knock out one of the other tasks. I don’t like feeling bad or watching time slip through my fingers. Time moves whether we choose to or not.

Thanks, Karen, for the huge part you, unknowingly, played in this process. Because of you, I know, I’m a little closer to done. If nothing else…I can better prioritize.

So. where are you on your list? Is what’s really important at the top of your list or did you give that spot to someone else?

7 comments

  1. give yourself some easy to scratch off goals when listing Sabrina. I always add a few of the things that I have already done so I can cross them off right away and feel that feeling of satisfaction. you are overwhelming yourself with this write a chapter, cut yourself a break! heck, now if you write just one chapter, you can cross off a dozen things from your list.

    it’s really important to separate your to-do’s from things that need done right away and things that can be stalled. you have a lot of things on here gf,things that are PROJECTS. make a long term project list and add make the bed to this list so you have another thing to cross off, ok? hugs!
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  2. Laurel Regan says:

    So good to see you pop up in my blogreader again! Good for you for acting on making that list… now, one breath, one step, one task at a time is all you need to do. :)
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  3. Oh my goodness, you’e making me so anxious reading your list. I’m now scared of making a list.
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