A Good Nudge in the Ribs

book cover for the Big Thing: How to Complete Your Creative Project Even If You're a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me, Phyllis Korkki

The Big Thing:  How to Complete Your Creative Project Even if You’re a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me by Phyllis Korkki, 2016, available through Amazon and many other sources. (Title link is to my Amazon Affiliate page.) Visit the author’s website at www.phylliskorkki.com/.

​What are some of my own “big things”? I want to:

1. Prepare all of my music posts (now mostly over on the “Behind the Music” page) for use by choral groups, re-formatting them into pdf files and eventually (I hope) making some money from them.

2. Finish up my e-book on the Benghazi tragedy. (I’ve done a ton of research on this topic and would like to put together a straight-down-the-line “here’s what happened” account that brings all of the threads together.)

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I Get a Taste of My Own Medicine at the Tile Store.

black and white checkerboard tile floorAre you familiar with the terms “maximizer” and “satisficer”? I notice that the spellcheck on my website platform has flagged both of those words as being misspelled, but since my hero Gretchen Rubin uses them they must be okay. (She’s not the only one who uses the words, but I believe I got them first from her.) i guess I should define those terms. So a “maximizer” keeps looking and looking for the perfect whatever-it-s, comparing and analyzing and second-guessing. (Some people actually enjoy this process; others are driven crazy by it but feel they have to keep going.)

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Structure Can Set Us Free.

Silhoette with a clock brainIf we use it correctly, that is.

So I’m continuing to gain wisdom, both practical and spiritual, from my wonderful Bible study group. A couple of weeks ago I was a little puzzled by the fact that the teaching leader’s phone kept chiming as she worked her way through our discussion of the study questions.  Why on earth doesn’t she turn that off? I wondered. She’d just reach over, touch the screen, and continue. I thought she was getting text messages or something. Couldn’t they wait?

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But Do Your Work Well.

toy man shoveling up moneySo the titles of yesterday’s and today’s posts fit together:  Calm down, Martha! But do your work well.

A couple of ideas culled from a recently-heard sermon at my church on work: Avoid working simply for a paycheck (“working for the weekend”–as the little guy in the picture seems to be doing) or valuing yourself solely by your work and how well you do it.  Instead, do your work for God’s glory and the good of mankind.  A pretty high bar!

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Three Wise Sayings on the Use of Time

clock and gears

More inspiration from my dear friend Nancy’s father, Gil Johnson, quoted at his funeral:

“Never let a day go by without learning something new.””No experience is a failure if you learn from it.”

“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”

I don’t think I can add much to these statements.  That last one, in particular, is a real shove in the right direction.  May I add a quotation from my own book on this subject?

“Time is even more unforgiving than money, because sometimes you can get your money back after you spend it, but that never, ever happens with time.”

Just Go Ahead . . .


. . . and finish the job!

This picture is of a small portion of laundry that I was folding this morning, and I was reminded of how I used to do this.  First I would dump the laundry on the bed.  Then I would let it marinate for awhile.  Then it would be bedtime, so I’d have to scoop it back into the basket.  (Jim calls this activity “exercising the laundry.”)  Then it might go back and forth a couple more times.  Then I’d go through it and sort it out into everyone’s pile.  Then, and only then, would I finally fold it all up and put it away.  What a waste of time!  At some point I realized that all I really needed to do was to just start folding and put the things in piles as I folded them.  Huh.  What a concept.  If you have a job you don’t want to do, why add extra steps to make it even harder?  But that’s what (some of us) weird humans do.  Pretty silly!