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Is Procrastination Getting You Down? — 7 Comments

  1. I struggle with this every day. My desk looks a lot like the above picture right now, and it’s much better than it was 2 days ago. I folded 5 loads of laundry today and returned items to 4 stores and got money back. But I feel defeated and tired. I have wasted hours playing mindless games on computer, and my house looks like a war zone. It’s such a struggle, and feels that its one I always lose. No matter how much I get done, there’s many, many times more that needs to get done and I am losing ground every day.

    • I sincerely sympathize, Southern Bell. I will be posting a follow-up column next week which will give one way that has helped me to tackle some of my cluttered mess without feeling overwhelmed.

      Until then, I will be praying for you – okay? And please pray for me. Also, I have another blog that may help you:
      http://www.60MinuteChallenge.com. It hasn’t caught on yet, but I think it could help people like you and me.

      Stop by the 60 Minute Challenge blog and see if setting short-timed goals will help you. In fact, I’ll go there now and set a tiny goal, too. Okay?
      Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by and sharing your struggle.

  2. I have a definite problem with managing my time. The more stressed and overloaded I feel, the more I have a tendency to just shut down. By shut down, I mean involve myself in other things–reading, knitting, browsing news on the computer. Even at work, I do this. Things end up getting put off until they can no longer be put off. Then I have to rush. Sometimes I manage to still get things out on time. Other times, not. God has granted me a great capacity to do good work quickly and without as much effort as it takes some people, but when I shut down, I’m using this gift for ill and not for good.

    It’s the same at home; I’ve been swearing that I’m going to get my desk cleaned up for weeks and weeks, and yet there it is. I shut down and bury myself in other things so I don’t have to think about it.

    How does it make me feel? Stressed. Depressed. Guilty. Bad.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever quite outgrown the feeling that I’m not good enough. That started in childhood, with my parents. If I got an A, why was it not an A+? If I came in second in a piano competition, why was I not first?

    I need to remember that the Lord gives us every day new.

    • Phyllis, in my rough draft, I mentioned how I shut down when overwhelmed, too. Thank you for being so honest with your struggle. I hope my next post will help. (I just sent it to The Wakulla News this morning. Once they print it, I can post it on my blog.) I think it may help! Let me know, okay?

      In the meanwhile, do meditate on Lamentations 3:22-23. Also, see if my other blog, http://www.60MinuteChallenge.com, will help! As I said in the previous comment, that blog hasn’t quite taken off yet – but I definitely find it helpful for me. 😉

      I will add you to my prayer list!

      • Looking forward to your next blog. I’ll also check out the 60 Minute Challenge. I have not read it yet, but the title makes me think of something I do sometimes. I’ll tell myself, “I’m going to work on this for 20 minutes, then stop. I can do anything for 20 minutes.” At the end of the 20 minutes, I’ll stop if I feel like it, but sometimes I’ve gotten into the swing of it and I continue. Granting myself to stop after 20 minutes if I feel like it, without guilt, helps me out.

  3. Phyllis, you are brilliant! I say that because you’ve guessed the concept of the 60 Minute Challenge blog. It helps – especially when you do it with others!
    By the way, I just realized that I misspelled by blog address in my last comment. LOL. (But has since corrected it.)

    Looking forward to seeing you on the 60MC blog, here, FB, – OR one day in person!!

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