Things That I am Good at Doing Right Away
1- Getting refills of medications. I have learned that hard way that if you wait to get started requesting refills of certain things . . . it can be bad. I’ve gotten better at staying ahead of the prescriptions in our household.
2- Writing ANYTHING down that I think of, that I need to do later. Or if no paper is around, email to myself. I have learned that I will NOT magically remember it later, and also the mental clutter that comes with trying to hold onto things is just annoying.
3- Run/strength. You never know what will come up later — in terms of weather, or in terms of life. I feel very much trained to get these DONE when I can.
4- Reschedule where there is a conflict. If you wait, yes there is an infinitesimal chance one party will cancel and then things sort themselves out. But that’s unlikely. What is far more likely = making someone made because of a last minute cancellation (and fewer options for rescheduling). If I see trouble in my calendar I am pretty good about dealing with it ahead of time.
5- Ask for the PL time. We are booked way too far out right now to play around with this. If I *think* I might need a day off in the future, I’m requesting it off. Much easier to turn a day off into a work day than the other way around when it comes to clinic.
6- Plan the birthday party. I’m pretty well-trained: work on G’s birthday by October, C’s by December (at worst, early January) and A’s by February. I have to plan around call schedules + the school calendar so I want the biggest choice of dates!
7- Book the hotel. For the trip. For the race. For the work conference. I’ve learned to do it early, especially as most hotels have decent cancellation policies (though I always check!).
8- Schedule the car maintenance. I love that my car shows “Car Maintenance Due Soon” before the maintenance is actually due. Good job, Toyota!
9- Fill out the $(#*& form. I’d rather just do it than have it sit around hanging over my head.
10- Get up (when my alarm goes off). This seemed sort of obvious but I know this is very difficult for many. I do feel somewhat lucky that I almost never mind early mornings.
Things I am Kind of Bad at Doing Right Away
(But maybe by writing them down, I will help myself do better!)
1- Put it on the shopping list. When I use up the olive oil, it would be really smart to just add it to some kind of list! Right!? But . . . generally I do not.
2- Start bedtime. When I start (and finish) kid bedtime on time, life is better. This is more of the exception than the rule, unfortunately.
3- Arrange playdates. I tend to passive-aggressively procrastinate on this. I’m not sure why! I feel like I’ve been burned many times with cancellations, and my kids don’t consistently follow up on requests to help arrange them.
4- Replace running shoes (or any shoes, really). I learned the hard way with knee pain after my last pair hit 400 mi, but I just hate how shoe purchases add up and deplete my personal spending $!
5- Charge my phone. Not great at this, and my battery isn’t that great either. Bad combination.
6- Any photo organization / memory keeping effort. I’m usually . . . 1.5 years behind.
7- Write the thank you notes. However — I have actually abandoned this in favor of IMMEDIATE thank you texts – with photo of gift + smiling kid, right when the gift is opened. This is not as elegant, but at least it gets done!
8- Make the medical appointment. Ugh, I need to do my mammogram. And I will. Soon. (I am much better with hair / dental appts mostly because I make the next one while in the office!)
9- Clean out my car. I hate having a messy car. But apparently I hate actually bringing things inside more . . .
10- Have the event. I have gotten better at this, as evidenced by the neighbors’ wine + cheese we are hosting on Saturday! Still, it’s taken wayyyyyy too long for me to make it happen.
This entire post written while this was happening:
Palate expander, brackets (they will add the wire in 2 weeks once the expansion done), and phase 1 is underway. A is getting phase 2 today – which I think includes braces on upper and lower teeth, so it’s taking longer.
My dental insurance and I are putting the orthodontist’s kids through college. But the kids inherited misaligned and crowded teeth from me, so I feel it is my duty to fix them.
What do you procrastinate on – and what are you ruthless about getting out of the way?