Getting. It. Done.

I am the queen of unfinished business. Currently in my office I have 2 scrapbook projects from the summer that sit open and unfinished. I have yet to send out the remainder of my daughter’s thank you cards from her birthday (last May). I have a super cute wooden key holder I bought from Michael’s that I need to paint and put up. I bought when our house was brand new…4 years ago. You don’t even want to see what piles of grading I need to get through that probably should have been done weeks ago. I become easily inspired by things I see other people doing, or projects on pinterest that I just have to steal. But after taking the first few steps to getting it done, life happens. And the task takes a back seat to whatever else that takes precedence at that moment. And it just sits there as I add it to my perpetual to-do list in my head that never seems to get any shorter.

The worst part is I have no idea how to fix this. I’ve tried project to-do lists, setting goals, reminders on my phone, computer, laptop, or leaving it out where I can see it. Nothing seems to help, at least not consistently, anyway. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because this is a part of me that I want to change, to let go. At the very least, it’s something I want to improve on. So, I’ve thought a lot about why it is that I am like this and I came to the following conclusion.

P-tendencies

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I am a pack-rat. I am a perfectionist. I am a procrastinator. I collect waaaaay too much stuff and don’t purge enough. I don’t follow through with projects because if I don’t complete them perfectly, I will consider myself a failure. If I don’t pick just the right colors for the key-holder, it won’t match and I won’t be able to put it up. If have to write a sentimental, lengthy “thank you” to each of the wonderful people that came to my daughter’s 1st birthday or I might as well not sent them anything. If I don’t have the time to get through a stack of one, single assignment, I won’t start it. And worst of all, I procrastinate. On everything. Because, again, I need to do things perfectly. (And I’m also a little lazy…)

I really, really need to let go of wanting to and instead just get. it. done. 

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Participating in #31 things is going to help me get it done. By holding myself accountable to all my readers (all 5 of them…) I am hopeful that I will see this particular project through.  Funny, I even overanalyzed and thought about this first post all last night and today, trying to plan out how to perfectly present my first post. I finally said screw it and just started writing. And as I finish this perfectly imperfect post, I feel confident that maybe this time, this time it’ll work. Day one. Done.



5 Responses to Getting. It. Done.

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  2. Sheri says:

    I can totally relate! I think in this age of the internet and Pinterest, it’s easy for all of us to have ADD and get started on something (or several different somethings) and never finish it. I hope we’ll both see great changes by the end of these 31 days!

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  4. Reenie says:

    OH.MY.GOSH. You and I are IDENTICAL TWINS when it comes to everything you wrote in this blog!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how you took the words right out of my mouth!!!! No wonder we are soul sisters! 😉

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