By Marla Jo Fisher, The Orange County Register
Who says you don’t get anything from your children?
I used to feel guilty about procrastinating, and then I had kids. Now I have 10 times more things to put off doing than I ever did before.
When I was single, I had a lot fewer things to not get done, mostly involving picking up extra tequila for the weekly margarita party and changing the oil in my sportscar.
The fun thing about having kids is that the list of things you should do but don’t get around to expands exponentially.
In fact, I have found an entirely new category of things to not get done, including sifting through piles of too-small kids’ clothing and getting the teeth cleaned of a dog that the kids browbeat me into rescuing.
Not long ago, I took a yellow legal pad and started writing down everything I needed to get done but was avoiding, thinking there would be maybe 15 items.
There were 42 things on that list.
Those 42 things were wearing down my brain, with all that remembering.
So I decided to start checking a few items at a time, and, seriously, it has been making me feel a little better every day.
That’s when I realized how you can improve your mood without medication, just by taking care of pesky little things that are weighing on your mind.
That’s why I have decided to create STOP, the Society To Oppose Procrastination.
You don’t have to send me any dues or sign up, though of course if you want to send me money, I’m on Paypal.
I wish we had a catchy campaign image, like Carrie Nation smashing bottles with her hatchet, but I guess hatchets and kids don’t mix.
My first act as the founder of STOP is to hold a special day and contest.
I have designated Nov. 6 as my first annual “Anti-Procrastination Day.” If you want to participate, you need to start making a list now of every task you need to get done but have been cooling your heels about.
Then designate Nov. 6 as the day you will actually get as many of these things done as possible.
Suggestions: Taking back those library books overdue since 2004. Having your tires rotated. Weeding your garden. Getting married. Powerwashing your house. Powerwashing your kid. (That one is just wishful thinking).
I suggest figuring out how many of these tasks can be completed by your children. You’re a good delegator, right? That shows leadership skills. I don’t recommend any power tools for the youngsters, unless they were born with extra limbs.
And I even have a prize: If you want to win a really groovy set of Snapware Snap N Stack portable organizers, which will help you check something off a future list, then here’s what you have to do:
Send an email to email@example.com by Nov. 3 (but don’t procrastinate, do it today or you’ll forget) listing at least 10 things you are going to accomplish on Nov. 6 Anti-Procrastination Day.
Then on Nov. 7 or 8, send me another email telling me how many of these items you got checked off on Saturday.
The person who gets the most items done wins the Snapware.
I wish I could win this myself because I am highly motivated, and I’ve seen this Snapware already and it’s cool.
So get cracking out there. And don’t put this off!
Marla Jo Fisher was a workaholic before she adopted two foster kids several years ago. Now she juggles work and single parenting, while being exhorted from everywhere to be thinner, smarter, sexier, healthier, more frugal, a better mom, better dressed and a tidier housekeeper. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read her blog at http://themomblog.freedomblogging.com/category/frumpy-middleaged-mom-marla-jo-fisher/.