Take That, Lazy!*3:00 AM
Which means never.
One bloody fingernail, three hours and over thirty thank you notes later, it is bruised and inked blue. More astounding than finding enough variations of Thank you sooo much! for all my well-wishers without sounding patronizing or insincere is that I actually stuck by my initial goal -- writing them all in one sitting. With no breaks. Before you call CPS on my self-discipline, let me explain a simple, embarrassing truth:
I procrastinate. Badly. If you give me an inch I take a light year. I don't multitask very well and I pretend I do, so if I'm not chained to my desk, nothing gets accomplished. Well, that's not entirely true -- many things get accomplished, like dawdling around the cyber world and random texting and ignoring the desk atrocity downstairs. The thing is that I've convinced myself that I'm a very responsible person and that I deserve a few well-earned hours doing nothing after I have spent myself doing...nothing.
Forgive me for seeming psychic, but I saw one too many midnights drowned in regret as I hammered out last minute papers: Why, why, why did I check Facebook today? If my immediate short-term health and happiness was of no consequence, my fast-coming college days could not afford late nights and little colds and procrastinated homework. I could get away with it with only a couple high school subjects, on my own schedule, with no classes and extracurricular pressures. I couldn't there.
Something had to be done.
As part of being intentional, I've identified timestealers -- areas of laziness and procrastination. (How exciting, I know, but it's just as necessary as it is boring.) The biggest ones for me are THE INTERNET, THE PHONE and SLEEPING IN. Books used to be in that category, but technology has since forced that onto my to-do list as well.
So here's my summer challenge: Bite the bullet and be responsible. Deposit checks on time. Clean up my desk when I get up and not five years later. Fill out paperwork and mail things off as soon as I can. Listen to my the advice my parents have given since I was five and do chores first. Sit down and finish projects right then. Ignore the inner whiner. Chain myself to my desk if I have to. Bleed my fingers raw. Whatever it takes.
See, I've got a ton of big projects this summer -- I'm excited to share them with you but can't just yet. I can tell you this: their success is worth so much more than a couple mindless hours surfing the web and bumming around.
Now if you'll excuse me...I've got some responsibilities to attend to.
*This post inspired by Thriving at College by Alex Chediak. Triple like. Read it if you can.