As someone with astonishing natural ability in the field of procrastination, I am not well known for the productive use of my spare time. Why do anything when you could be lying on the sofa playing Sudoku on your iPad?
Strangely, this attitude has failed to yield results when it comes to setting the world alight with my brilliance, and I’ve been wondering for a while if I might be better off trying a different tack.
I have promised myself one hour of productivity before sinking into my usual evening routine of sitting around drinking gallons of tea. So far it’s been quite impressive. I find that I enjoy the activity and usually keep going after the hour is up. The flat is organised, the washing is under control, the blog is slightly more up to date, and I’ve made some progress on the top I’ve been slowly making.
I think the biggest achievement to date has been this curtain which I whipped up one evening. It came from an IKEA pair of tab topped curtains, but the size of the window and the curtain pole available meant that I just had to chop this curtain out of the middle of one of the originals. I managed to do it in the way which required the least effort, mostly just sewing on some curtain tape, but it still took a fair chunk of time. It also taught me that I should really use the right needle for the job.
I think the spare room is looking pretty good now. We just need to put some pictures on the walls and it will be ready for our first visitors, who arrive in a few weeks time.
Do you have any tips for banishing procrastination (excluding the obvious ‘just get on with it’)?