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Affection deficit syndrome

The photo is from Shutterstock, but looks very much like our cat Pookie.

Remember how Charlie Brown used to say that he wished he could stay home from school and dedicate his life to making his dog happy? Sometimes I think that’s what Pookie expects from me. Of course, he likes to sleep most of the day. Come to think of it, that fits quite well with working from a home office.

This morning both cats wanted to go out as soon as I was out of bed. Angus disappeared for three hours, but Pookie soon wanted in again. I gave him some treats and some food, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy him. All the time that I was eating my breakfast he wandered around grumbling to himself in the soft, mournful way that he has.

When I was done breakfast I went to sit in one of the recliners and put my feet up. Pookie was soon sitting on my chest facing me. It took ten minutes of petting to satisfy his affection deficit. Now he is asleep on the bed in the far corner of the house and I can get on with my day.

Home office blues

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.

My day so far

9:00    check weather – forecast of 10 -15 cm snow, winds 40 gusting to 60 km/h
9:30    wife leaves for city just as snow begins to fall
9:35    start work – day’s plan is to catch up on filing
9:45    cat #3 wants out – open door, watch as he assesses the situation and turns around, close door
9:50    back to work
10:00    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
10:05    back to work
10:10    check weather again
10:15    pet cat #3 who has jumped up on my lap, then wandered over desk
10:20    back to work
10:30    pet cat#3 who is bugging me
10:35    back to work
10:45    comb cat #1, the big fluffy one
10:50    wash hands, open bag of chips, try to go back to work
10:55    give kitty treats to cat #3 who thinks every rustle of a bag means treats for him
11:00    back to work
11:10    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
11:15    back to work
11:30    check weather and roads, not good
11:35    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
11:40    back to work
11:55    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
12:00    give kitty treats to cats #1 & 3
12:05    back to work
12:15    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
12:20    back to work
12:30    wife calls, leaving city for home
12:35    make sandwich and eat it
12:45    check weather and roads again, getting worse
12:50    back to work
12:55    pet cat #3 who is bugging me
1:00     back to work
1:15     clean snow off steps and walk
1:20    back to work
1:30    wife is home
1:35    all 3 cats are sleeping peacefully and I can go back to work

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