I am the queen of both, so it might be a toss up.
FACT: I need to finish this third round of edits on Gliese 581: The Departure
This week I have had two classes to prepare for and teach, I also started on a wire basket project (more on that later on The Deadly Nightshade), helped my husband install lights in our attic and then promptly spent all of Friday organizing and cleaning it (still have more to do), and I’ve gone off on a couple of craft project research tangents (mini terrariums for a class and also salt-cured eggs – I can’t make this up, folks).
The editing has sat here, waiting patiently.
Years ago, tired of a constantly messy kitchen, I instituted a “Delayed Gratification Policy” that I still (more or less) follow today. If I want to eat food, first I need to clean up the mess. That means dishes in or out of the dishwasher, countertops wiped down, things put away.
Our kitchen is rarely pristine, but it looks far better and is relatively functional.
Delayed gratification works. It gets things done.
As the new season of The Walking Dead came our way, I decided to use the DGP to encourage my procrastinating brain to get to editing. I announced I would not be watching The Walking Dead until I had finished all of my 3rd round of edits. I’m dying a little, b/c my hubs has been watching it without me, and TEASING me about it.
He is a cruel, cruel man.
Then the weather warmed up and I thought, “Oh wonderful, I can get back to work on Zentangling the van!”
Nope, DGP. Get the edits done first.
Along with the weather warming, the yard is beginning to warm up and plants are poking up under the bricks I laid to enlarge our front walkway. They need to be dug up, but, again I am stymied. DGP – Delayed Gratification Policy – I need to finish the edits.
So here is the deal.
Laundry isn’t getting done.
Shopping isn’t getting done.
No more work on the attic, outside, inside, the van, projects, NOTHING.
Today I will finish the edits.
This post is my last opportunity at procrastination. Time to grab a bite to eat and get to work.
TODAY I WILL FINISH THE EDITS!