Hi, I’m Jen…and I’m a procrastinator. Not when it comes to orders for my shop – no, my orders are my excuse to procrastinate when it comes to EVERYTHING ELSE.   

When I don’t feel like cooking? I can’t…I’m just too busy with orders. Let’s order out.   

When I don’t feel like cleaning my house? See, the thing is, this latest customer was begging me to get her order done ahead of schedule…you see, her granddaughter’s birthday is next week, so... Next thing I know, I’m tripping over tumbleweeds of dog hair because I’ve put vacuuming off for too long.    

The problem is, I love to knit. I hate to clean. (I do love to cook…but I love knitting more.) Whenever I find myself going off to do something else – like going to the movies, or doing errands, or cooking – I end up calculating how much knitting towards that next order I could have accomplished during that time. That’s just WRONG.    

I need to step back and reevaluate how I’m doing things, or I’m going to go insane.   

This weekend, I finished the last of my “rush” orders. That makes three orders in the last two weeks where the customer begged me to get them their item sooner.  For the last two weeks, I’ve done the bare minimum to keep my house from descending into complete and utter chaos. As a result, I am now more than a week ahead of schedule. So, instead of rushing into the next order, I’m taking a couple of days to get organized.   

Back when I was practicing law, my firm hired an organizational consultant to teach us attorneys how to maximize efficiency and keep our files organized. The mantra the consultant repeated was “Worst First” – in other words, tackle the worst project first. You know, the task you wanted to do the least? Do it first and just get it the hell over with. With those words ringing in my mind, I started cleaning today. (Did I mention I hate to clean? I really, REALLY do.)   

Rather than committing to cleaning the whole house today, I decided to do a couple of hours’ worth every day this week. As I completed each task, I rewarded myself by sitting down and knitting for a few minutes, doing bits of the edging on a Nycteris Shawl that is on my 2018 Knitting Goals list. That shawl is truly an awful project…it was in knitting jail for about two years, until I put finishing it on my list of knitting goals for 2018. (I thought I was going to finish this bleeping shawl a few weeks ago, only to discover that there wasn’t enough yarn in the YarnBox to finish it. A few hours of tearing out and tinkering with the pattern later, I’m now finally redoing the edging, and should have enough yarn to finish the wretched thing.) Using this reward system, I got way more cleaning done today than I thought I would. So, I’m knocking off awful house tasks AND awful knitting tasks. Hooray!    

Beyond my attempts at making my abode look less like the feature of an episode of Hoarders, I have shop duties I’ve been putting off: first and foremost, I need to get all of my files in order to send off to our accountant so he can prepare our tax return for 2017. I have a to-do list as long as my arm of various other administrative stuff I have been putting off for the better part of a year (more like the better part of two years, if I’m being honest). All of these tasks are fair game this week, no non-knitting guilt allowed.   

So, as much as I wish this school vacation week were actually about vacation, I’m making it an organizational stay-cation instead. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I’ll be feeling refreshed if for no other reason than I won’t have all these unpleasant tasks hanging over my head. Wish me luck!  

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