Life, family, business

Procrastinators and Swear Words

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“How many swear words will we have with this project?”, came the question from the garage.

My husband; he’s a do-it-yourself kind of person, a go-getter, a “just do it” guy.  I always admire that about him.  He’s never one to be a procrastinator, he likes to get the work done right away.  In the time it takes me to finish this blog post, he will have replaced the power steering hose on his truck. He also bought the parts he needs to start fixing the wheel bearing, tie rod end, ball joints, and the bushings on the van this weekend. (Its been a hard week for vehicles at our house.)

I wish I had that quality.  I’m more of the “why do it now when I can do it later” kind of person.  Not with everything, mind you, but with things that I don’t want to do.  Or maybe I do want to do them, but I think its going to be a lot of work, or it will take too much time.  Or maybe I’m not sure where to start, so I just don’t.

Do you ever feel this way? 

One thing I have learned in my life, is that things do take time.  I’m not a magician, and I can’t just say “Abracadabra!” and whatever thing I want done, does itself.  (I think that would be great though! My house would always be clean!)

If something is going to take up my time, it needs to be worthy; worthwhile, if you will.  I would much rather read a good book than vacuum, but reading doesn’t make my carpet cleaner.  I’d much rather work in my garden than pretty much anything else, but that’s only a few months out of the year.  Sure, its very worthwhile and provides a lot of food and beauty, but then winter comes, and I can only try to keep my houseplants alive for the cold months until the spring dawns and I can put them outside again.  So in the winter I paint, and write, and do that cleaning and organizing I didn’t do when I was in the garden.

My husband however, he does everything.  I kid you not.  He does everything as soon as he sees it needs to be done. I’m working on it.  I’m getting better at doing the little things that need to be done right away, and not letting my bookwork pile up, or the mending pile get too big.  I have projects at work that I’m getting done, and I’m getting better at prioritizing my projects and doing what needs to be done first, and then worrying about the things that need to be done later.  I tend to do the things I like to do first, but I’ve realized that I can waste a lot of time doing things I like to do, because I know that I have to do the things I don’t like to do, next. 

So now I do the things I don’t like to do first.  Yep, first.  I don’t like to do bookwork, so I do it first thing after the opening chores at the store are finished.  Then I make my list of projects and things I need to do, or people I need to call, or emails I need to return.  If I get all of this out of the way, then I will be able to relax when I’m at home, instead of worrying whether or not I got everything done that needs to be done.  I signed up for automatic bill pay too, and that also helps with making sure the priorities are taken care of. 

What are ways that you have made your life easier?  Are you a procrastinator like me?  Or are you a go-getter like my husband?  I’d love to hear your story. 

The answer, by the way, was not many.  🙂

Author: jeanneahlers

I am a happily married mother of two awesome kids, an organic gardener, and small business owner.

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