Think­ing is key to pro­cras­ti­na­tion

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Rae­lene Hall

Septem­ber 1 is sig­nif­i­cant for us.

The first of­fi­cial day of spring and my late fa­ther-in-law’s birth­day — happy birth­day Dad.

It also means we are ex­actly one week away from the start of the 2017 mus­ter­ing sea­son.

The men are busy or­gan­is­ing ve­hi­cles, fuel, tucker boxes, tyres and a whole heap of other stuff that will be re­quired.

Num­ber one son ar­rived home with a car load of var­i­ous re­quire­ments, num­ber two son will be back soon with more sup­plies, in­clud­ing the vi­tal liq­uid ones for the work­ers.

So what am I do­ing to con­trib­ute to­wards mus­ter­ing?

Well. I’m do­ing a lot of think­ing. Think­ing I should make some cakes and bis­cuits, think­ing I should clean the spare rooms ready for those help­ing with mus­ter­ing, think­ing I should make sure there are enough stores for the first round and think­ing it would be a good idea if I was to do th­ese things sooner rather than later.

I’m very good at think­ing; in fact, I can spend hours do­ing just that.

It’s the ac­tual “do­ing” part I have is­sues with.

There is al­ways some­thing else I can be “do­ing” that ap­peals far more than cook­ing and clean­ing.

I think I need some sort of im­plant with sep­a­rate on and off switches for my brain and body.

Dur­ing the day, I could put both the brain and body switch to “on” and I’d be off like a bride’s nightie, do­ing ev­ery­thing I need to do and maybe a bit more.

At night, I could turn off the switches, so not only would I not de­cide to cook a cake at mid­night but my brain would also not be busy telling me all the things I need to do to­mor­row, that I never got around to to­day. How­ever, given that no such im­plant ex­ists, I will some­how have to mo­ti­vate my­self.

I might start by con­vinc­ing my­self cook­ing means you can lick the beat­ers and taste-test any cakes/bis­cuits be­fore they go to camp. As for clean­ing, it’s just a case of suck it up, princess.

On that note, I’m off to find out if the vac­uum cleaner works and if I have the in­gre­di­ents for a batch of bis­cuits.

Wish me luck, folks.

Home­made bis­cuits are al­ways a hit in mus­ter­ing camp.

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