How to Beat Procrastination


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Catherine Nichols

The Queen of Procrastination

"This free e-book netted me over $600. And it only took me one hour and ten minutes to complete the project I'd been putting off for two-and-a-half YEARS."


I should have been crowned the Queen of Procrastination.

Whenever he found me hunkered down, intensely focused on a project, my husband would joke: "So, I guess this is due tomorrow?"

I saw Crystal Gabrielle's ebook title and thought, "Okay, I'll bite."

OFF TO THE RACES


It took me only 9 minutes to finish reading the e-book. For a procrastinator, that's a huge relief. I easily understood what I needed to do and felt ready to follow the advice.

MY LIST OF YUCK

Going in, I had a list of things I've been putting off for one reason or another. Most of the projects were far too enormous and I felt overwhelmed.

I decided to apply the advice in the book to the Dreaded Garage Clean-Out to see what would happen.

SHRED THIS

To say I've been putting off taking my shreddables to a shredding company is an understatement. I've looked at that enormous pile of paper for a very, very long time. I looked at it every time I got into my car and every time I returned home. Unavoidable, because it was housed in my garage.

Due to busy-ness—and, I'll admit, a certain amount of laziness—the pile of papers had steadily grown.

It haunted me. Teased me. Mocked me.

This was especially cruel because we own a shredder!

WHAT WAS I EXPECTING?

First, I defined the project and what I would consider a successful outcome.

My project included removing all the papers from a huge box (15"x13.5"x16.5") and putting them into bags. The box was far too heavy for me to lift and carry into the shredding place. I needed to make the load more manageable.

The second part of the project was to take all the advertising materials from lenders, credit card companies, etc. out of their envelopes. This was to save money on the shredding. I pay per pound to have our private correspondence shredded, so it makes sense to drop off only exactly what needs to be shredded.

And, finally, I needed to put the bags in my car and take them to the shredding company.

Success to me would be having no more shreddables in my garage because they had all been dropped off at a shredding facility for THEM to deal with.

HITTING PAYDIRT, PART 1

Following the simple advice in the ebook, I soon hit paydirt. I discovered most of the papers were already without their envelopes—I just didn't remember removing the credit card statements, offers and utility bills from their envelopes.

It makes sense that I didn't remember . . . some of the papers were from October, 2016!

I grabbed handfuls and put them into a bag until it was just the right weight.

I must admit that, once I started, I couldn't stop—especially since the job turned out to be much smaller than my imagination made it out to be.

I thought for sure it would take me HOURS to get all that paper processed.

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I consider this project completed and fully crossed off my list.

All in one morning!


HITTING PAYDIRT, PART 2


Bonus.

I found an uncashed check ($185), a treatment plan showing my dentist owes me some work I've already paid for, and my homeowner's insurance policy.

(Yikes, how did that get in there?)


This free e-book netted me over $600. And it only took me one hour and ten minutes to complete the project I'd been putting off for two-and-a-half YEARS.

GOING FORWARD

Finishing this project prompted me to complete some other things on my to-do list I've been putting off—projects that seem silly now that I have them done.

I plan to continue using Crystal Gabrielle's idea, and I know my list will soon be empty.

I also plan to use her idea in order to deal with things as they come up, rather than relegating them to a list that's soon forgotten.

— Catherine Nichols, San Diego, California, 3/20/19

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