|Hundreds of old frames|
“Procrastination is like masturbation; it’s good in the beginning but in the end you realize you have only screwed yourself” – Anonymous
My mother says that when I was a kid I would roll around on the floor and stand on my head to keep from doing homework. I suppose some things never change.
In the picture on the left you can see over 500 plastic frames that I need to clean. I’ve been plucking away at for about a week but it is such a daunting task! Each frame has to be scraped, scrubbed, soaked in a drum of bleach water, hosed off, and then staked to dry. It takes about 2 to 4 minutes per frame.
(father-n-law & close friend)
The worst part is that my Father-n-law lives next door. He is the salt of the earth and I love him to death but I know he is thinking, “Damn my daughter married a lazy bastard.” I am slowly getting them done but the misquotes chew on my ass the whole time and I stay soaking wet for the whole job. I peck away at it 4 hours at a time but I still have a mountain of frames left to clean.
I know i need to get them done but I have found a dozen things to do instead: fix the washing machine’s water pump, do laundry, write blogs, wash the dog, cook supper, grocery shop, clean house, etc… See how I made it look like I was doing noble things… FINE! So also watched about 20 hours of TV this week… you happy now?!
Anyway, I looked up procrastination online and was directed to Psychology Today. Here is what they suggest.
Dr. Ferrari recommends these strategies for reducing procrastination:
1. Make a list of everything you have to do.
2. Write a statement of intention.
3. Set realistic goals.
4. Break it down into specific tasks.
5. Make your task meaningful.
6. Promise yourself a reward.
7. Eliminate tasks you never plan to do. Be honest!
8. Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete a task. Then increase the amount by 100%.
I really like Number 8. I always get frustrated when things take longer than I have estimated. That being said, I suspect I will be finish cleaning these frames in about 30 continuous hours. I’ll let you know when I finish.