Here’s me noodling my way into the record books. In my quest to piddle a whole weekend up a wall, no moment will be left unfrittered – no hour profitably used – I am the mistress of ennui!
Apart from the necessities – herding men, washing things up, over and over – rinse and repeat ad nauseum and heaving myself out of bed, flattening hair into semblance of neatness that sort of thing… Apart from that – I have achieved precisely nothing this weekend just past.
I’d love to tell you that this was a scheduled, well earned rest – but I’d be lying so hard my back teeth would turn black. That can happen you know – my Nanna Cor told me that and she knew a thing or two about things.
So you find me, slung across the sofa, under a blanket after several hours of obsessive online research hunting for Japanese Pattern Books. [There are many in Japanese, much fewer in Engish, even less available from a european source and mostly they are still impenetrably hard to figure out – but I want one. I REALLY want one.]
If I tell you this isn’t the first time it’s occurred to me to go looking, and that when I searched the last time I spent as long and came to a similar set of conclusions, you will begin to understand what it takes to be a top level time waster. Dedication, that’s what.
It is in actual point of actual fact – much easier all around to be decisive, organised and a doer. Doing things leads to achieving things, which leads to other things getting done and on it goes in a doey cycle of doingness…
People who get things done are happy people. They’re fulfilled in their activity – they are the unbored, the valuable, productive people. I want to be one of those people. A Doer of Things.
Five Clues That You are Not a Doer of Things
1. From your spot in front of the TV you can see more than three things that you have been planning to do. Knitting left undone, books to read, dusting under the TV – repainting the skirting boards – big or small count ’em – more than three you are Doern’t.
2. When someone calls you to ask if you fancy going out this evening – you make an excuse. You know you’re not busy – but oh the faff of getting organised to go out. You’d have to shower, drag out your clean undies from the laundry basket, call a sitter, programme the TV to record The Great British Getting Things Done Off! You my love are a Doern’t!
3. You’re wearing yesterday’s shirt. YES YOU ARE – no sense denying it! I’m no fan of the iron – but your wardrobe is just an empty cupboard in the corner most weeks – your clothes are over a chair of in the laundry basket. You’re a Doern’t and let’s face it – you’re a bit of a grubby one too…
4. You haven’t done the washing up since yesterday morning and you’ve run out of teaspoons. You’re contemplating having soup in the last clean mug you own and you’ve been watching a dishwasher on Ebay for the last five hours.
5. When your friends are planning a big trip – you are in charge of driving. All you have to do is turn up, load up and go. You are almost always late… See?! You’re a Doern’t.
While not everyone can be super dooper doing doers and curing long term dontism is tough – there are a few things you can do to ‘fake’ being a Doer. Here are a couple of fail safe activities to impress your friends and move you gently forward – before you know it your Noodling Ninja days will be past and you will be high kicking the shit out of your to-do lists on a daily basis.
There is no Try There is only Do or Don’t Do.
1) Your smart phone is smarter than you. True. So put the smug appliance to good use. When you’ve got stuff to do and you’re in a bit of a donty mood – just set a timer on your phone. Promise yourself you will focus for 15 minute increments and go like the clappers until the bell goes. Then re:set and go again.
You’ll find that once you’ve gotten underway – and foxed yourself into starting – there’ll be no stopping you.
2) Don’t shilly shally – if you’ve touched that bit of paper – or opened that email – you’re dealing with it matey! Don’t argue – just do it. See how dooeey – I can be. Dealing can mean adding it to a focused to do list – but if that’s where it’s headed then it must be ordered and given a deadline.
3) Stop doing things you do just because you feel you have to. I mean it. Life is too short for all the shoulds. Particularly if in your attempt to avoid doing the thing that you feel you ought to – you accidentally trigger a whole day, week or month of general doing avoidance. Don’t pretend that doesn’t happen – because I know for a fact it does.
Concentrate on the things that need to be done – and ditch anything that is a pointless ‘guilt’ item on you list.
If you really want to get to grips with your dontism – consider having a go at a planning month. Check out the Planuary Posts from before – for a structured approach – don’t panic, just take baby steps – if all else fails a bit of meditation will help your noodling!