That's the name of the game this morning. So this may be a short post.
It's Friday - blog day! It's Feb. 1st - website update day! I'm heading out of town for the weekend and haven't finished laundry, haven't packed, haven't finished cleaning the house for Grandma who will be here staying with the Gremlins. I've known all week these things were coming up, and yet I didn't get any of the items on my "to do" list done. Why? Because I'm the queen of procrastination.
This blog will be finished in minutes, and I can check that off my list. Half the website updates are done, I just have to write the president's article and send it all to my web mistress. The cleaning and laundry (oh, and paying bills) will have to wait until I get back from my run.
I know what you're thinking...what the heck is she rambling about? How in the name of all things holy does this have anything to do with writing? Simple, grasshopper. Last minute pressure is how I work. I've always been like this. Give me a month to get something done and I will wait until the last possible minute to start. I always meet my deadline, but I rarely have wiggle room to spare. I'm thinking this could be a bad thing when I get to deadline time, but something interesting I've found is that I work better under pressure than I do when I have oodles of time to accomplish a task. (I can hear Alice over there snickering at me....shshhshshshhhhhh!)
One drawback to this is that when I'm crunched for time, I have a clear list in my head of what needs to be done and when. And anyone else stepping in to help totally throws my plan off kilter. Take, for example, the fact that today is the day the blurb about our next meeting has to be sent to the Statesman Journal. As the previous secretary, this was my responsibility. When we didn't have a secretary in Jan. because Danita had announced her maternity leave and we hadn't voted in her replacement, this job fell back to me. Now it's Feb. Much easier for me to just do it than forward all the stuff to our interim secretary and have her handle it. I'm forcing myself not to do that. (Be forewarned, Paty, an email's coming your way. LOL) Another drawback is that on days like this - when I have ten thousand things to do - I'm a bear to be around. Single-minded focused. Yeah, the DH hates days like this. Again, not boding well for those deadline moments.
So...as I run around today like a chicken with my head cut off, I'm wondering...are you a procrastinator too? Have you ever been? Can you work steadily and slowly toward something or are you an under-the-crunch-girl? And if you have procrastination tendencies (like moi) how do you make them work for you?
(Oh, and before you go off and think I'm a total slacker, I want to mention the reason I didn't get much done this week in preparation for today was because I was knee-deep in my revisions - which are so close to being done I can taste them. And I so just want to work on them today and forget everything else!!! ARGH!)