Why Do I Procrastinate?

Dear FlyLady,

I have been procrastinating because I don’t understand how it all works together. What is a Basic Weekly Plan, Morning Routines and Before Bed Routines. I don’t know why I procrastinate.

Overwhelmed FlyBaby

Dear Friends,

Our perfectionism is what causes us to Procrastinate.

Stop, take 15 minutes to write down those little buggers, you know, those tasks that you need to get done, want to get done, but NOT RIGHT NOW done. Yep those tasks. Get a pen and lined paper and don’t forget that timer. Set it for 15 minutes and write down everything that comes to mind that you sure would like to get done. Now I’m not talking paint the outside of the house done…I mean sew on a button, trim the dogs nails, re-pot a plant, those tasks. When the 15 minutes are done look at all you have to choose from. Choose at least one a day to work on this week. On your mark get set GO FLY.

The question has been asked more than once; what is a Basic Weekly Plan? Let me start by explaining how the idea of a Basic Weekly Plan came about. On New Year’s Day of 1999, I was determined to “Get Organized”. In the process of trying to figure out why Pam and Peggy’s Card File System had not ever worked for me for very long; I started sorting all my cards into piles: Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally.

The daily cards became my morning, afternoon and evening routines. My monthly cards were broken down into the five zones in our home. Seasonal cards were posted on our calendar. Then there was that pile of everything that needed to be done each week.

This is when I decided to assign a topic to each day of the week. And I divided the pile between the weekdays. Let’s start with Sunday.

Sunday is Renew Your Spirit Day: Take care of me
Monday is Weekly Home Blessing Day: Bless my home and laundry
Tuesday is My Free Day: Lunch with friends
Wednesday is Anti-Procrastination Day
Thursday is Errand Day: Grocery Day and appointments
Friday is Clean out the Car Day, Date Night and Do Bookkeeping
Saturday is Family Fun day; Spend time with family

Make a list of everything that you need to do each week. Set up your very own Basic Weekly Plan or use ours.

Are you ready to FLY with a Basic Weekly Plan guiding your way?

If you need more help with a Basic Weekly Plan there is a worksheet in our Control Journal. Don’t let your perfectionism stand in the way of peace you deserve.

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