The other morning I sat down in front of my computer and thought of everything that needed to be done. I had a talk to prepare for Toastmasters the next evening, a blog post to do, an article to write, income tax returns to prepare for a couple, and bookkeeping files for three clients that needed attention. And my office is really in need of a good cleanup. All seemed equally urgent.
So I started to do a little research for my talk, sorted through the information for the income tax returns, looked at what needed to be done on a couple of the bookkeeping files, answered some emails, checked the weather and the news, and finally realized I wasn’t getting anywhere.
So I took a coffee break, and spent a little time combing our long haired cat. Being as this is a home office, I can take a coffee break any time I want. The cats are wonderful stress relievers, also a good excuse to take a break now and then.
Some helpful Bible quotes came to mind: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might,” and “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” That made me feel even more guilty for my procrastination.
Then it dawned on me, more clearly than it has before, that I am not a procrastinator, I am a ditherer. The answer to all the work before me is to START SOMEWHERE! Pick one job, give it my full attention until it is complete, then move on to the next. As long as I am dithering about which is the most urgent, none of them are getting done.
So this is my motto from now on. Everything I do to get one job completed and out of the way will make it easier to get to the next job and get it done.
Wish me well. I think I still have a genetic predisposition to be a ditherer, but I hope that writing out this confession will have some sort of therapeutic effect and help me overcome the dithers.