Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Once-I-Catch-Up-itis

Does anyone else suffer from Once-I-Catch-Up-itis?

I'm suffering a MAJOR case of it right now, paired with my usual But-First-I-Need-To-syndrome. Lately I feel like a lot of my life and the things I want to do are on hold while I catch up with an overwhelming To Do list. Being gone for 2.5 weeks gave me a LOT of housework to catch up, especially considering I didn't do any housework for the week before I left because I was too busy preparing to leave! But there are other things that I feel like I need to do before I can do other things that I want to do.

  • I want to blog about my time in Orlando and at CHA, but first I need to edit all the photos because my camera sucks I haven't ever been able to figure out how to make my camera work the way I want it to, so every single photo needs to be futzed with.

  • I want to play with my advance copy of This Is Not a Book and show you all, but I feel like I need to do one of the BIG challenges to be really worthy, but those are more time-consuming, so first I need to finish up a swap I'm in that's due this week.

  • I want to start on the swap that's due, but first I need to clear a space in my craft studio to work, and I need to find the supplies I plan to use, and as long as I'm doing that I might as well organize all my inks and paints, and....

  • I want to send the photos to the winners of my blog contest from forever ago, but first I need to edit and upload photos to print at the same time, because if I'm going to upload and send an order and make a trip to the photo place, I might as well do it all at once.

  • I want to start work on our "formal" living room, but first I need to clear it out and move all the stuff into the dining room. But first I need to go through all my Polish pottery and decide what I don't want/need and list it on Craigslist, so I'd have less stuff to move back and forth, plus a little extra money in my pocket!

  • I want to get our master bedroom cleaned up and organized and pretty, but first I need to go to Wal-Mart to buy hangers for all those clothes piled up on my table that need to be hung, and if I'm going to go there then there are other things that I need to pick up, and I might as well go to Home Depot, too, and if I'm going there then I should ask Jason if there's anything he needs, and I think I had a coupon around here somewhere....

So that's the way things are going around here. I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and getting nothing done. Obviously I'm excellent at making mountains out of mole hills until I'm so overwhelmed that I just don't know where to start. I just need to STOP and focus on one thing at a time. Cultivate. Slowly-but-surely. Slow-and-steady-wins-the-race. STOP GETTING DISTRACTED.

Oh, and GET OFF THE INTERNET.

Hope to see you again tomorrow with something to show for my work today! :)

14 comments:

Skip's Girl said...

Hey girl, I am feelin' you today! Let's both get over our procrastination and just START something that we know needs to be done...and let's enjoy the process too okay? If I were you, I'd start with the swap, sounds FUN! And on a weird note, the 'word verification' I have to enter is 'hookin'...?!@$%?

Roberta said...

Well Cameron...this blog post is a good start...you've made a good list...NOW just "handle it once" by going down the list and doing "one" thing and finishing it before you go onto the next. Before you know it...the list will be done...writing things down is a big "stress" relief because you don't have to "carry" it around in your head and worry about it. You've acknowledged it with a list and you know where to find it when you've completed each task and so you don't have to worry about "forgetting" something...which in-of-itself is a big stresser. Go girl...roberta

cynthia said...

feelin ya girl. take a deep breath and do the fun one first:)

Ingrid said...

Now you just put that Polish Pottery aside just in case you have my name for Christmas....

Cheryl said...

I definitely suffer from your syndrome. Good luck with everything!

Anna-Marie Still said...

oh man, you are singin' my tune!

cheryl said...

Oh my golly you just nailed it.. I've been there (and apparently continue to be) for god knows how long. Now, to figure out how to get past it.. that's what is on my list now hahaha

:)

kellie said...

I am the QUEEN of Once-I-Catch-Up-itis... in fact, we just got back from Hawaii this morning and my list is a mile long but I'm not sure I will get through most of it because all I want to do is nap!

Katie said...

AH ha hah ha ha ha! I'm so a but-first-I-need-to.... This is the story of my life. So together we will live in cluttered running-chicken harmony. No wonder we get along so well!

jenwcom said...

is being caught up really possible? our minds work way faster than our bodies. by the time i finish a project or redecorate, i'm ready to change it. :)

ang said...

I second Ingrid's comments! Send pics of the Polish pottery to us first before you post it on Craigslist - I may want to buy it from you!

Anonymous said...

I love how we are living the same life! LOL! :)
Deitra:)

Wisconsin Girl said...

I agree with what Deitra said above! Cameron, you have a way with words and I love how you can write about something and put it into words in a way that I can completely relate to. Fun post:)

Paulette said...

um yeah...I so hear you... only one little question from a facebook post you made awhile ago... do you think we could put our heads together & come up with our own version of of "lovebomb" for 2010? now i must go make some lists...