I intend to take the next week off from weblogging.
In an effort to build some positive inertia, I’m taking vacation days from work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This will give me five(-and-a-half counting this afternoon) days to get done some pressing chores.
On the agenda:
dinner with Marcela, Pierre, and the Beautiful Children;Done! Delicious! Asian Dinner at Mac and Pam’sDone! Fun! diagnose network back-up issues at WACO;Done!
- complete the rough-draft of a story for the Woodstock Writer’s Guild;
- complete the book purge begun two months ago, which includes:
posting the valuable books on eBayDone! (And a system is in place to this repeatedly in the future.)
- taking the un-valuable books to Powell’s
mailing The Tick to JohnDone! (Shocking!) re-organizing the remaining booksAs done as it’s going to get for a long time.
clean theworkshop; (two-thirds finished)
- organize all my tools, both shop and garden;
- respond to all unanswered e-mail (hi, Andrew, Bill, and Amy!);
- exercise every day (
Sat304 cal, Sun417 cal, Mon515 cal, Tue327 cal and strength, Wedracquetball — Done! I exercised everyday!) — I’ll sign up for a one-month membership at a gym and force myself to go every day, hoping to override my tendency to remain at restDone! (I even have an appointment on Monday with a “personal trainer” — good grief!); make one nice dinner for Kris (and Tiff?);I made Hamburger Helper two days in a row — does that count? Prepare taxes for Sabino, including my labyrinthine Computer Resources messDone!
- build a shelf for Kris;
get myself back on the Getting Things Done system;The system is in place again and now I just have to follow it
- and a whole lot of other little things.
This is an ambitious list, but I’ll do my best to tackle everything here. All of these are things that have been in stasis for weeks or months. It’s time for me to get off my ass!
This afternoon, however, I’m going to
head outside with the Gates girls and get that darned tree cleaned up. Done! (Or at least as done as it’s getting ’til spring — look for photos soon.)
What do other people do when they’re unmotivated? When I’m motivated, I can plow through chores like nobody’s business. (I’m not quite the force of nature that Jeremy is, but I can certainly get things accomplished.) I’ll even go through prolonged periods where I’m happy to make sure things are done quickly and well. Most of my life, though, is a mass of procrastination. How does one avoid this? How do other people stay on-task?