Things left unfinished

Sometimes I think that I'm a completely different person at home than I am at work. Not my personality really, but the way I do things. At work, I'm totally organized - even to the point of being anal retentive. I can't stand to let clutter pile up at my desk. I keep to-do lists, and finish projects ahead of schedule. I am motivated and work fast. I'm... a better person overall.


At home - well, that's another story. My desk at home is a disaster. I'm a packrat, and it's hard for me to get rid of things that I don't need. I procrastinate, even on things I would enjoy doing. I have a million projects that I've started and never finished, or just never got around to starting. I'm completely unorganized in almost every way imaginable.


I want to rectify this, but I'm not sure how. I get home after work and I feel so lazy. There are so many fun things I'd like to do, but I'm overwhelmed by my options. And when I feel overwhelmed, I don't do anything. I feel good when I get something done, but I really have to force myself to be motivated.

I know I just need to pick something and go with it. Focus on that one thing, and when I get it done, pick something else. I also know that I don't need to be productive all of the time at home, but I need to get enough done so that I can enjoy the fun things, and not feel guilty about the other stuff I should be doing instead!

So today is my day off, and I'm going to try to tackle some stuff I've been meaning to do. Things like cleaning my room, donating some bags of clothes to Goodwill, getting my oil changed. I also want to start working on some crafts - March is (apparently) National Craft Month, and if I get some of my unfinished projects done I'll post pictures of them here. I haven't done any crafts since Christmas, and that's just sad!

Is there anything you're trying to work on this month?

4 Responses to "Things left unfinished"

Ryan responded on 3/06/2009 2:12 PM #

I'm working on getting jobs!

Morning Toast responded on 3/06/2009 5:30 PM #

I'm the exact same way. At work I get projects and crank them out. At home I have too many projects and never finish any of them.

I think it's honestly productivity burn out(?) You get home from work and you're spent. You just wanna chill for a bit. I've been wanting/needing to redo the CAVEradio page for weeks but keep putting it off. It doesn't help that one of my hobbies is my job, so I don't want to go home and do the same thing for 8 more hours.

As far as a filthy home. I look at it like this - it's your home, if you can handle it, it's fine. You clean when people come over and stuff, that's all you need. I have two 80-pound dogs, the house is always filthy. When it gets to the point of bothering me, I clean.

At home I'm reactive, at work, proactive.

My whale biology degree requires me to just state it: I'm lazy

...and that's OK.

luckeyfrog responded on 3/08/2009 1:33 PM #

Hey, at least you're organized at work. Be happy for that! :)

You know what you want to do, though, so do it. If you only give yourself one option, it'll make it a lot easier to decide what to do. Hopefully things are going well so far!

Julie responded on 3/30/2009 10:42 PM #

Could we be twins separated at birth--maybe in some things? Okay, my desk at work isn't super-neat--but anyone from InfoLine would gasp at how clean I've managed to keep it since going to AV.

Now my home is a series of piles. Jim would go nuts in my house. My parents were pilers, so I come by it naturally.

We so have to have lunch sometime...

Great finally meeting you today!