Word of the Week – Procrastination.

What is it about having plans of all the stuff you want to do, or get done and then sitting around doing nothing about it?

Hands up, I’m one of the world’s worst when it comes to procrastination. The only way I can overcome this is by making lists and then ticking things off. It usually takes me a little while to get on to the first thing on the list but once I’ve started I get great pleasure in getting the list done.

I wrote a list of the things I wanted to do after the Easter Holiday and the kids were back at school.
I’ve not started on it yet.
I’m not entirely to blame because a lot of the things I’m going to need a lot of help with due to my disabilities. Cue the other half, but there is an even bigger problem because he’s worse at procrastinating than me.
Honestly we both need a boot up the backside!

So, here it is. The list of things I want to do before our holiday at the end of May. That gives us six weeks. Easy!

  • De-clutter my kitchen drawers; apart from the cutlery drawer they seem to be the place wherever everyone leaves their ‘don’t know where else to put them’ things. It has to stop. I’m getting rid!
  • Clean up the girl’s bedroom; the girls can help with this. In fact it should be their job, but I want to get in there first and get rid of all those toys they never, ever play with. I know if I do this while they are around they persuade me they really, desperately need them to stay.
  • Sort out the Little Man’s bedroom. He’s still got un-opened boxes in there from our house move, which was over two years ago now! Time to get them sorted.
  • Move the little shed in the garden around to around the side of the house. This is one for the other half to do on his own, but he won’t do it unless I keep asking (nagging)
  • Empty the under the stairs cupboard, de-junk and put it all back in properly. This has been driving me mad. When I went into hospital the Christmas tree and decorations were still up. I wanted them taken down before I came home as Christmas was well and truly over and I never leave them up that long. So what did my other half do, throw the whole lot in the cupboard willy nilly. They all have their own boxes and were stored neatly before. If we leave it like that much longer I will be throwing them all away as they won’t be any good for next year.
  • Sort out our wardrobes; I started this before I got sick and it’s not been finished. I think I may have the strength to do it now. I need to be much firmer with myself and throw out those clothes I’ve not worn for years and am unlikely to wear again. 
It’s not a huge scary list is it! I’m sure once we give this procrastination the good kick it needs we’ll have that lot done in no time. After all, it’s all here for everyone to see now.
I’ll start next week, I mean tomorrow, I’ll start tomorrow!!

procastination is the thief of time

The Reading Residence


  1. April 15, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Hi Anne, I've finally got round to updating my social media profiles after weeks of procrastinating and it feels really good. I'm glad to read that it's not just me who shares a house with people who just put things in the closest kitchen drawer, even when they know where the items go, and it drives me mad.

    I have every faith that you will get round to ticking things off your ToDo list very soon,but I'm sure you have time for another coffee first.


  2. April 15, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I do love a list, it always helps me to get things done. There's something about writing it down that galvanises me into action! Great idea to share it here, too, definitely a push to do it. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  3. April 15, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I love a list but sometimes if there is a lot on I get overwhelmed. Therefore I get a seperate sheet and cut it down into more manage chucks. I feel it helps get me more motivated and focus on getting one job at a time X #WOTW

  4. April 15, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    What a list of jobs…Good luck!
    I am terrible at putting things like that off.

  5. April 15, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Ha ha I'm terrible with this kind of thing! One of my goals for this new year was 40 bags in 40 days. Hmmm. I definitely managed 10. But that was an achievement wasn't it? I think really, the idea was to have a good clear out of each cupboard/room. I've probably done half of the house so far. I might be finished by the end of the year! Yours sounds very 'doable'. One day at a time 🙂

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