Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Overcoming Procrastination

Mary wrote me an email yesterday about not yet learning the lesson of "just do it" and procrastinating about buying a dishwasher. I could have substituted the word "microwave" and written the same email. I can't tell you how many times I've looked at microwaves (mine is a built in, not a countertop) on line. I think what I'm afraid of is that I don't measure right. The place I would buy it from also installs for free and takes the old one away, but some sick repitilian part of my brain thinks, "yes, but do they really?" (And, yes, Mary did buy a new dishwasher finally yesterday.)

So I called Mary, told her I hated her for shaming me about my own procrastination. I decided that when Marilyn is here next week, we will measure together and order me a new microwave.

In the meantime, however, I ordered slipcovers for this upholstered chair which I've also looked at a dozen times in the past year. I don't know what I think will be different. I see my chair is standard so there is no measuring. Today I finally took the plunge and ordered. I also googled for a promotional code for this company and got one that gave me a 10% discount so that was good.

I also made a dentist appointment. I love my periodontist, did not like my current dentist at all, but kept going thinking you don't have to like her, just get your damn teeth cleaned, but finally I decided to change. So I've made that appointment. I'm overdue for a cleaning.

Before I move my furniture back, I need to have grab bars installed in my downstairs bathroom. I checked Craigslist and found this guy who also repairs tiles. I have some broken tiles on my kitchen floor and in his ad he said, "It may not be necessary to replace the entire floor" and, of course, that's what I thought. So he's coming to do the grab bars (he buys them!) and look at the kitchen floor on Monday.

Mary and I talked about why we still somehow struggle with some of these things when if I had a stopwatch, all three actions probably took under 15 minutes.

So what are you procrastinating about?


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Melissa said...

Buying a new mattress... Taking an afternoon off to see some friends who live here in town.