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Procrastination Bit Me

And, I’m sitting here at my desk in the inky black hole of darkness trying desperately to complete my continuing education before the stroke of midnight on Friday.

Of course, I could’ve done this months ago. Because I didn’t, the video stream is not working properly. My printer is out of ink and can’t print the questions for me to review to understand the coursework. The program has now crashed three times in succession. I decided to wing it, and have failed the test two out of my allowed three tries. If I fail it again, I have to spend money to buy another module and try something else. All before the stroke of midnight on Friday.

In the interim, I have to go out of town tomorrow and Friday, and my access to computers and streaming videos and buying other continuing education if I can’t get this one to work will be severely limited. Again, it’s my fault. I know.

This blog post is being chronicled now, in the midst of my being ready to scream at everything and everyone, so that I will hopefully return to it when I purchase these blasted continuing education credits in 2011 and tell myself to go complete them RIGHT THEN AND THERE. I hope I will remember how much I deplore the nasally drone of the presenter who says four million words to get to the four I need to answer a question on his stupid test. I hope I will recall how tired I am right now. I hope how scheduled my time gets during this week of every year will be bored into my puny, procrastinating brain.

I won’t say I will never do this again. But I hope my putting it out here will give me a darn good reason why I shouldn’t.

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  1. Lou Mello #

    Well, we all do this at one time or another, we either over schedule ourselves and then can’t do something on time or we just sorta keep saying there is plenty of time, no worries, mate.

    I must say that you have got yourself in a bit of a pickle, a faulty program combined with out of time does not make for a good situation.

    I’ll be thinking about your plight in the next couple of days as I plop myself into the Lazy Boy to watch football non-stop. It’s not that I don’t have things to do, I am planing to put in my 5 days of “stuff to do” into one day next week and see how it turns out. Actually, you know me better than that and I’ll figure out how to do a little bit each day while watching as much football as possible out of the corner of my eye.

    Good luck with getting the continuing education, I hope you get it done somehow. You know, I think you can blame the MTM guy for this….if you hadn’t spent those 250 hours studying chain saws, you wouldn’t be in this pickle…:)

    December 30, 2010
    • Most definitely, I cannot blame MTM. He put it on my calendar 2 weeks ago.

      Which games are you watching, Lou?

      December 30, 2010
      • Lou Mello #

        I watch every college bowl game there is, even if it’s just a bit of one since they all overlap the next couple of days. I also plan to take the boat out Saturday morning just to run it for a couple of hours, it will be a bit chilly, but, no big deal.

        December 30, 2010
  2. Why is it that there always seems to be a perfect storm waiting for us procrastinators? Hope it all works out for you!

    December 30, 2010
    • Thank you. It will work out. I’m taking a different one at 9am today. One without video streaming and with a good old fashioned handbook instead.

      I hope your new years’ eve eve is great.

      December 30, 2010
  3. Guess we shouldn’t expect you at lunch today then! Do we get to harass you about this next year in hopes of “helping” you get it done early?

    And sorry again about missing the hug visit and train. Family duties called. Can’t wait for the holiday season to be over now….

    December 30, 2010
    • I have a client meeting at 1 today up in Georgetown. So, no. I have to miss lunch.

      I’m on my way to do family from there. The holidays are almost over. :)

      December 30, 2010
  4. I always chide my sweet wife with the saying “Never do today that which can be put off until tomorrow or next week”. LOL. She is a horrible procrastinator but she has tried to get better at planning things out over the last 20 years. Have you ever heard of Flylady? I think Katy has gotten some good information from her on how to plan stuff out or whatever. Happy New Year to you and MTM. I hope you have a safe trip and that you get everything done in time. Hugs

    December 30, 2010
    • We’re just going to Florence to visit my parents.

      Digging myself into this hole once every few years is the only dose of bad medicine that seems to help me. It will get done.

      Good to see you and Katy last night.

      December 30, 2010
  5. “the presenter who says four million words to get to the four I need to answer a question on his stupid test.”

    Freakin’ hilarious.

    December 30, 2010
    • Lou Mello #

      ah yes, verbosity and obfuscation, the bane of our existence these days, present blog company excluded, of course. :)

      December 30, 2010
      • Hey Lou, easy with those big words. :)

        December 30, 2010
      • Well, I picked a different program. Short and sweet, and now, I’m done. It is much easier to skip over bloviating in the written word than it is in the spoken one.

        December 30, 2010
    • It was a particularly inspired moment of writing. :) (Inspired by screaming at the computer while typing.)

      December 30, 2010
    • Lou Mello #

      strange words constantly jump into my head and won’t release me from them until they escape to the written word…don’t know what I can say, W…s happen.

      December 30, 2010
      • Lou, you crack me up regularly. Thank you.

        December 30, 2010
  6. Procrastinators of the world, unite… tomorrow.

    I resemble your predicament more often than I’d like to admit, but that doesn’t seem to make me complete my tasks any sooner.

    December 30, 2010
    • Bill, I’m going to use that line.

      December 30, 2010
    • Bill, you do much better than you think you do. I hope you’re feeling better this morning.

      December 30, 2010
      • Quite a bit, thank you. Amazing what some sleep can do for you. I probably should have tried to take a nap yesterday, but we had our big 2.4 Hours of Le Mans race yesterday which I refused to miss.

        Sinuses are still a mess and judging from the “dirty ashtray bouquet” emanating from Cheryl when she arrived home last night, I was MUCH better off not going.

        December 30, 2010
      • It amazes me how that stuff clings when you aren’t around it.

        December 30, 2010
  7. Occasionally I procrastinate…but because like you I cilantro the results when I do, I remember and try to keep myself from doing it. One of the people I worked with a few years ago is a horrid procrastinator. However he had it working for him b/c when we had a presentation or contract to send, he would just avoid doing it until I went crazy and did it…and that’s a pattern I’m trying to unlearn.

    Hence our use of a project management system. It allows me to mark every task URGENT :-). Actually it allows us to track, notate and schedule and then know where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

    Happy travels!

    December 30, 2010
    • They will be happy now. I’m done with my CPE for the year. Now, what can I put off doing until next year………

      December 30, 2010
  8. mtm #

    Maybe we can focus on the bright side…that one procrastinates implies that one actually gets things done, albeit at the last (or very last) minute. So much better than not getting things done at all….I promise to do better on that count in 2011!

    December 30, 2010
    • There’s only one thing I care about getting done in 2011 for myself, and you know better than anyone what that is. Thank you for all of your encouragement this year on that score. xo

      December 30, 2010
  9. mtm #

    I Procrastinate Procrastination? I Cilantro Self-Cilantro? I Eleven Eleven (as in ‘I don’t understand the new year’…you know, as in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFRoYhTJQQ

    What will the new year bring…on pins and needles. Are you procrastinating making any changes to the site, or have you been teasing everyone?

    December 30, 2010
    • A mix of both, perhaps. ;)

      December 30, 2010
    • Lou Mello #

      that video is so funny…now every time I get on an elevator, I’m going to have to say “eleven”.

      December 30, 2010
  10. Lou Mello #

    since you’re going to visit family tonight and tomorrow and it’s going to be pretty windy there, perhaps your blog tomorrow should be about Florence Nightingale.

    December 30, 2010
    • mtm #

      Lou, I was just thinking the other day that we haven’t had a PunFest on this little blog in awhile….and you just reminded me why. I like a good pun as much as Carnell, but Florence Nightingale?

      December 30, 2010
      • Michael Carnell #

        You are just nursing that one.

        December 30, 2010
      • Ha!!

        December 30, 2010
      • Michael Carnell #

        Sorry, I know that puns aren’t healthy, but I couldn’t resist the needling.

        December 30, 2010

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