This post has been on my mind for a few months now.
It all started with a book…
A “21 Days To A More Disciplined Life” by Crystal Paine kind of book.
Wherein I learned much about myself…good and bad. I learned that in some areas I am more disciplined that I thought I was. And in some areas I am less disciplined than I thought I was.
It’s those “less” areas that got me…and I’ve made some radical changes.
Crystal advocates making lists of “major projects” (to be broken down into practical, bite size, ‘accomplishable’ bits). She also advocates making a list of “tiny projects” that can completed fairly simply and quickly. There are all kinds of things that end up on these lists, and even in the very making of them much is to be learned.
The first thing on my list of “major projects” was my mending basket.
Ah, that little basket that is always heaping…that little basket that is so big. It sits…while the children are born and grow up. It sits…through 4 moves and 4 new hiding places in the 4 new houses. It sits…through long sessions of sewing something else. It gradually becomes more full, yet it remains untouched.
I decided that my basket had been neglected long enough. Time to tackle this major project, one garment at a time.
Was I ever shocked at the secrets that basket held.
What was in my mending basket? Four skirts to be taken in- too big. One pair of pants to be hemmed- too long. A little dress with a rip in the side. A few shirts to be re-purposed into skirts for Tiny Daughter.
One day while Small Son worked in his video school, I was downstairs so as to be available for his inevitable questions about seatwork.
My eye spied my sewing desk and I decided to take a little bite out of my mending basket. Just one skirt- that will be great progress! I assured myself.
I finished said skirt in less than five minutes. On to second skirt. Also finished in less than five minutes. Marching on, I tackled third skirt. Wow, also finished in less than five minutes. That one probably only took 2 minutes! I might as well do fourth skirt…
And it caught my eye in a different way. Slowly a reality was settling in my mind…
I bought this skirt right before we moved to Canada…yeah, that day when Cindy and I went to the mall in Shelby, N.C.
I realized that I had never worn it. Ever.
When I bought it, it was a tad too small. Then enter pregnancy, wherein I lost so much weight that my whole body changed and hardly anything fit me anymore. Much less said skirt, which now fell off of my hips when I put it on.
A chilling fact hit home.
Oh. my. goodness. This skirt has been in the mending basket for SEVEN YEARS.
SEVEN YEARS, people!
I don’t think I can even put into words the full extent of the lesson I learned as I sat in front of my sewing machine that day…Small Son is chanting “tr in train, tr..tr..tr” “pl in plane, pl..pl..pl” etc. Mom is five feet away having an epiphany.
I left that skirt in the basket for that long, thinking it would take a long time to fix. And here I am, 15 minutes later, with an empty basket and four mended items to add to my wardrobe!
There is a great degree of deception in procrastination! We are led to believe that we haven’t been given enough time.
We are led to think that projects will take longer than they really do, and that some other day will bring more time than we have at this moment. Meanwhile, we seem to have no comprehension of how much time is really slipping by.
I know one thing- my mending basket will never be full for seven years again! And I am now much more aware of what I’m doing when I put a task aside for a later time. I’ve learned a simple, time-saving lesson.
What’s the biggest procrastination you’ve ever done? What steps did you take to overcome it? Was it as hard as you thought it would be?