Getting Down to Business

Pat, Theresa, and Joan have given me a lot to think about.  December was a busy month and now that the holidays and all they involve are over, I can't seem to get in gear.  I know I should.  I keep telling myself I need to at least put forth the effort to start.  But I kind of feel like that picture on the left.  It's after the party and the excitement is gone, and we're left with the empty champagne bottle and the streamers.  I feel like one of those noisemakers that unfurls when blown into, but I quit furling back again and am slowly drooping.

Pat's questions keep going through my mind.  I can answer one. I know my weaknesses.  One of them is staying on track.  I'm truly a Gemini, going from one thing to another, without mastering anything.  Another is lack of confidence.  It isn't new.  I've dealt with it all my life.  For now---if I can make myself stay with it---I'm working on it.  I'm the only one who can.

Value?  Well, yeah, I guess I have value.  I believe everybody does, just as I believe everyone is gifted in some way.  Strengths?  Well, I can be stubborn enough not to give up.  Strangely, I never believed I would be a published author, but I refused to quit writing.  It kept me out of trouble.  It still does. ☺

I love Theresa's list!  I also see myself in many of her points.  However, I can let things go.  It's a major weakness.  She may be a stuff shuffler, but I'm a piler.  It's obviously been passed down in our family, because we all are.  In fact, if our heads were flat, we'd pile things on them, too.

Joan teaches me that we don't give up.  Health issues are one of the worst things that can happen to us and cause us to see ourselves as weak...which is not true.  Joan proves that each day.  I'm in awe.

All of this reminds me that we're eight days into the new year, and I'm dragging my feet.  Why?  Gee, I wish I knew.  It's not that there isn't plenty waiting for me to do.  So I'll make a list, get a calendar, and create a schedule.  There's a whole new year---minus eight days---to get things done.  Wish me luck!


Reese Mobley said...

Rox, I think staying on track is a problem for a lot of us. Blame it on our creative thought process. Most of the time my brain operates like a slot machine. I never know where it will stop and on what task.

Pat Davids said...

I find getting down to business is always harder after a break. I'm such a procrastinator. I'm ashamed to admit how much time I waste each day.

Excuse me now, I need to go finish my game of spider solitaire.

Rox Delaney said...

A slot machine, huh? That's an apt way of putting it. I'm trying to hit those three cherries or whatever. (Can you tell I've never played a slot machine?) In fact, I had a full day planned...until I was hit with either a touch of food poisoning or stomach flu in the middle of the night. But I'm still determined to make some kind of forward motion today, now that I'm feeling better.

It's nice to know I'm not alone in the craziness of keeping to a plan. Thank you. :)

Rox Delaney said...

Pat, as a rabid spider solitaire player, along with a passion for hidden object games, I can always find ways to keep from being bored and keep from getting things done that need doing. But it never fails that when I finally do dive in and start on those tasks that I procrastinated doing, there'll be something that comes along that takes precedent. Long sentences, mostly. LOL

I guess I'm normal after all.

Anonymous said...

I think most people have periods of procrastination, but I think that it can be a good thing. A rest.....time to reflect......or just time to appreciate something else we enjoy~dont sweat is too short to stress yourself about projects.

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

I sometimes put thing off -- but, not very often. I am a pretty compulsive person and find it very difficult to stop something before it is finished. I drive my family crazy sometimes because I "have to finish" things. I do enjoy my "down time" and love curling up with a good book and some chocolate to relax.

Penny Rader said...

I am such a piler, too, Rox. It's embarrassing how many piles upon piles I have going at any given time. I've been chipping away at the big piles, making them into smaller piles. Bills to pay. Paid bills to file. Stuff to shred. More stuff to read. Stuff to toss. And on and on. I suspect I'm a piler 'cuz I need stuff where I can see it or else I forget about it.

Joan Vincent said...

I seem to be getting dragged everywhere but to writing. Oh, a lot is writing related--if getting ready for a writing convention and promotion at it is truly writing related. By whatever name I keep putting off writing. I've got to get a goal set and map out steps to get there. Seems the only way I get anything done these days.