Doing the right thing at the right time

Chaos is losing sight of that one thing

Tonight at 7 pm, I decided to go out and weed my yard.

Why in the world would I do that? Well, tomorrow is trash day, and I can’t stand to miss a chance to have yard debris picked up. So I wandered out to the front yard to see if there was possibly any part of the yard that could be weeded quickly. I don’t know who I was kidding; the whole yard is in need of some serious attention, and I filled the huge yard debris can in a little less than an hour.

As I was pulling all the weird primeval-looking weeds that grow in my yard, I was thinking about what brought me out there. I had come home from yoga, made something for dinner, and was curled up on the sofa reading Darcy stories. Suddenly, I found myself jumping up, rushing outside, and doing an hour of yardwork.

Why? Because time was of the essence. I couldn’t put it off, because I had to put the yard debris can out for 6 am pickup, and I had to jump to it, or I would run out of daylight completely. (As it was, it was so dark that I kept reaching for weeds and getting pricked by thorny rosebushes. Ouch!)

I tend to do better with tasks that have a deadline than those that do not. I do not always make deadlines – not by a long shot, historically – but they give me focus and something to aim for. Often, that’s all I need to kick myself into gear.

What about you? Do deadlines help, by giving you focus, or hurt, by raising expectations? Is there a specific task that would cause you to drop everything to go and take care of it? (Even if you have to give up a bit of “Darcy time”?)

Daily Check-In:

I’m grateful for the people at church who welcomed us back this morning at the parish picnic. We felt a bit like we were being shunned, at first, because I think people had kind of forgotten what it was like to have us there… but slowly people drifted over. I was glad.

I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by aloshbennett.

4 thoughts on “Doing the right thing at the right time

  1. Yes, oh dear sister, another curse we share — and I have passed it on, sadly. Without a deadline about to be missed, I can hardly be bothered. And that is the rub: needing to know I will MISS the deadline to get the true heart rate shooting all kinds of blood to my brain and kicking everything into gear… I am slowly getting better by only missing deadlines by hours, rather than days… MUST STOP THIS!
    p.s. you owe me a call. I shall set a deadline on it to help you out. Tuesday. 🙂

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    1. I see what you did there! I’m gonna meet that deadline! Ditto on the whole passing-it-on thing, though Q is a weird mix of “I need to do this immediately!” and “Ack! I left my math book in my locker on the first day of school!”

      Yeah, I totally owe everyone a call. It turns out that working at a desk in an office after getting up at 5 am to go to yoga causes one to come home and fall asleep in their work clothes before dinner. If I ever find my phone hands-free thingy, I will be all set to talk in the car, though – my favorite place for a chat!

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