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Quelle Excitement!

Months and months and months ago, I wrote all those things I keep meaning to do on little bits of paper, folded them and put them in a jug.

The plan was that henceforth, when capable of activiey but unable to get past my pathological twitchiness and indecision, I would stick my hand into the jug, pull something out and do it.

Needless to say, there's nothing like the threat of having to do this to keep you happily occupied. Until today that is, when stress and prednisolone had me doing it for what I think is the very first time.

Am happy to report that the first item had already been long since dealt with, so it got thrown out.

The second item seemed entirely redundant.

But the third item was done. Not done well, but that wasn't the point. The process was good and I feel better for having done it. In fact there was no way this particular activity was going to be well done given the lapse in time since I did it last...which is why it had, in fact, long since drifted into the too hard basket. But now I've done it, who knows, maybe I'll do it again sooner.

The second item, on reflection, is not redundant and shall be revisited shortly. It's just that it's neither urgent nor scary. So in fact it's probably a good thing to be doing now I've done one scary thing for the day.

Or I might just have a little rest...

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villana
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
What a wonderful idea! Perhaps I should do that...
splodgenoodles
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
I got it from quatrefoil, who used it to good effect when she was actually overwhelmed by too many things that needed doing all at once. I don't have that problem much, rather I have the problem of always having to create and recreate my own structure, motivations and priorities according to health limits. It worked well initially, even though I didn't use it, because I simply knew it was there if I got stuck. Then I forgot about it. Then I used it today, and it worked well for today. So there you go! I like to think I might use it again when I next find that I have capacity but no momentum.

~~~

The trick, I think, is to make sure each item is a specific task, rather than a more nebulous goal.

"Do some sewing" doesn't work, but a selection of tasks as separate entries might:
-finish the hem on that red skirt;
-work out what to do with the fasteners on that tunica thing;
-sort/stocktake x number of boxes of fabric.
Each one can be done independently of the other.

But given you actually are a functional person who holds down a job and does all sorts of cool stuff when you are not at work, I am probably teaching you how to suck eggs. Sorry!
pondhopper
Feb. 7th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
That's what we call a "job jar".
:)
I have a similar method and it works (when I have the urge, anyway)
;)
Go you!
vimsig
Feb. 7th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Just a general enquiry - why are all your user piccies marked as nicklelord? What does that mean?
splodgenoodles
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Er what..? Didn't know they were - and they aren't now.

I'm guessing that was one of those LJ blips.
vimsig
Feb. 8th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC)
blip free
I wondered if it was someone I should get to know re new icons - no worries

:O)

xx
ms_kilian
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Brilliant!
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