So, my last post was October, it is now December. The difference for me is my girls dropped their morning sleep, so life is now even busier!
However I stumbled across a new leading light in the world of organisation, the Passion Planner. The brain child of the college graduate in the states Angelia Trinidad.
After a good few goes I now successfully manage my (and my families) diaries electronically, but have taken to scribbling lists and ‘to do’ on A4 sheets, often on a Monday morning to start my week. There is never any connection or path between these sheets and I can feel sometimes like I achieve very little.
Angelia has reintroduced me to the planner. It is not another diary but lists, goals, focuses and reflection. Even a little section ‘Good things that happened this week’.
I started by printing her free trial sheets and using an A4 presentation folder to hold them in. I prefer to work in A5 so I went ahead and treated myself ordering the compact version. It is pricey, but I know I’ll use it and because it forms a journal as well, I can record special moments, particularly from my girls (first tooth etc) and keep them through the years to look back on what we have achieved.
A colleague of mine always buys a good paper diary and sticks mementos in with her appointments, such as concert tickets or invitations enabling her to keep them for prosperity.
Take a look for yourself:
“The practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones.
Putting off impending tasks to a later time.”
Although I am sure I had heard of the word procrastination before, I only managed to put it into context in my life when I started writing more earnestly two years ago.
I realised, with some surprise, that I procrastinate all the time! Thankfully not to such an extent that it impedes me in my job, but enough, in particular at home. I put off tasks in favour of other, sometimes more pleasurable tasks, sometimes because I felt the task less important, or that it would wait. Yet in reality they were just as important.
Piano practice was the classic one. Homework was possibly easier to do, or I would have received a telling off for not doing it, so it was completed over and above practice. A rational excuse you may think. But ultimately I may have been more able to study music, had I practiced more!
Now I have realised a term for this behaviour, strangely I am far more aware of when it occurs and as such I am much better at task organisation and prioritisation.
We should all consider when we are procrastinating over a task. Just realising changes your organisation. I can now also identify tasks in advance that I know I will procrastinate over, and get straight on with them!
In addition, the word itself is so good!
So think, do you procrastinate? When do you procrastinate?