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Pride versus Compulsion. Procrastinator needs to schedule.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I am one who can get absorbed into a moment, an activity, or a funky mood. One might think that is intentional focus, but when I reflect upon some of those times I can identify escapism maybe? And other times I can remember putting off priority activities -- knowingly keep engaging in something fun and telling myself, oh I can do that other later. I can realize that the chances are slim that I will start that important chore in the evening (when spouse is home or when it gets dark outside), but continue on the more pleasant path.

Of late , I observe that I may engage in housecleaning to the extent that part of me feels "busy" or "productive" and realize later that set goal has been reached ( and the house will get messy again) A bit of a paradox (there is a better word, but I will have to search for it) is that my house never seems company-ready. Not that we are having company visit or even family visit!

This morning I got to thinking about a type of pride that may stir someone to keep their house neat and organized, encourage someone to keep their appearance up, and motivate one to achieve goals (rather than just keep busy). Is there value in having an attractive living environment? A tidy work environment? A professional appearance? I believe that I could argue that there is value in these characteristics... if one is not using those goals to "hide from" or put off less palatable activities/commitments.

I will put a bookmark in my thinking right here. I do want to return to these question. I know I struggle with procrastination and I do not want to waste time with negative anticipation and/or regret.

So here is to a positive day on all of our health journeys.

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    Good for you for recognizing what's happening with you, and for looking at ways to improve yourself!
    I look at this as a tidy house = a clam environment for me. That translated into a calmer me. Even if I don't enjoy the task (or procrastinate) the end result is it is better for me.
    Of course I do have one area in the house where stuff gets dumped - for putting away or dealing with "later" It's a spot that company would never go, so I feel safe about that...
    118 days ago
    I do hate doing certain jobs and put them off as long as possible. Sometimes to even get started I have to break it down into smaller steps to get it done. I have wrestled with having a tidy house and struggle that my house is not "clean" enough to have people over, too. emoticon
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