Scrapbook Procrastination Help!

Scrapbook Procrastination Help!

Do you need scrapbook procrastination help? I know I do….

I confess, I’m a big ‘fiddler’. I fiddle far too much with things trying to get them perfect.

We used to have this saying in my old theatre job ‘Done is beautiful’. With the companion saying is ‘It will never read from 30 feet’. Basically this means that since the audience is sitting 30 feet away, a 1/4″ mistake is not noticeable and not to sweat it.

There’s a distinction between ‘done’ and ‘finished’.

Done = Good enough

Finished = Perfectly executed.

I suspect I use the perfection route to make my rabid procrastination gene happy!

I also have a hyperactive perfection gene that right next to it.

So what the heck does this have to do with Scrapbooking?

Well, as you may have noticed from previous posts and facebook updates, I’ve been struggling with time management and organization issues lately.

They are not just limited to scrapbooking. The rest of my life is a little out of control at the moment. (Job, house, garden, The Dread Garage)

My inner hyper perfectionist wants things to be finished and I think that’s where I get stuck. Because now I’m over-fiddling with things to make them perfect and consequently spending time doing unimportant things. (hmmmm, me thinks there is an avoidance gene at work here)

A while back I read a really great book by David Allen called “Getting Things Done”. And boy, howdy, when I finished that book, I was a productive genius!.

Of course, I’ve fallen off the wagon, as it were, and have reverted back to my old bad habits.

So what’s a girl to do? Here’s what I’m committed to right now.

#1 Re-read (or in my case, re-listen to the audio version of) “[easyazon-link asin=”0142000280″ locale=”us”]Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity[/easyazon-link]”. Books like this have a tendency to ‘remind’ you of things you already really know deep down inside, and multiple readings help not only reinforce better habits, but also have a way of giving you some new and fresh ‘ah-ha’ moments that you may have not been ready for before. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! Amazon carries it of course.

#2 Stop the multitasking madness! It’s a well known fact that multitasking doesn’t work. But with our lives so full of administrivia, it’s sometimes hard to buck the trend and focus on just one thing. My 3 most important tasks are going on a post-it and I will focus on them one at a time until I finish.

#3 Dust off my ‘pomodoro’. Another great time management technique that I noodled around with a while back was “[easyazon-link asin=”1934356506″ locale=”us”]The Pomodoro Technique[/easyazon-link]”. This is basically using a kitchen timer ( the tomato – or pomodoro – one is what the book recommends). Personally, I have one in the shape of a tea kettle. A detail that I’m sure you absolutely *needed* to know….

So with my post-it of 3 things, and my kitchen timer set to 25 minutes, I take my first task and focus on it exclusively for 25 minutes. When the dinger goes off, I take a 5 min. break and do something refreshing. Gaze at the garden. Play with my dog. Wtach a funny video. Just anything that refreshes your mind and gives you a break. Task not finished? Set the timer for the next 25 minutes. It’s amazing what the sound of the timer does to your focus! If you want to know more about the [easyazon-link asin=”1934356506″ locale=”us”]Pomodoro Technique[/easyazon-link], you can check out the book on Amazon.

Do you struggle with finding time to scrapbook? Or anything else for that matter? What time management techniques have you tried that have worked for you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.





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