Sunday, 25 August 2013

Gremlins List

OK, so this is a slightly different post than normal but I wondered if anyone did the same as me, and if so, my little exercise might help you too.

I am so totally messy and organised by nature. I know, you wouldn't think it right....well it's true.

But what's come to my attention recently, is that I let really important things slip for some reason. Don't ask me why. I mean REALLY important things, that could have catastrophic repercussions if I don't do them, but something in my head doesn't click and make me do them.

Let me give you an example. The Dentist. I cant remember the last time I went. Without going in to too much detail, I have some problems, really need to go and get them seen too, but I'm too scared. So I put it off. BUT if I put it off completely, I could get really bad gum disease, my teeth could fall out or I could get heart disease. So surely the hassle of finding a new dentist (we've moved since I last went) and going through 20 minutes of discomfort should be easier than that ? So why doesn't my brain tell me that.

Anyway, there is a whole list of other things like this that I have, some more serious than others, some I could end up in prison for (only Self Employed Tax issues before you start to worry) so I really need to get them sorted.

SO, I started a little spread sheet and I added these titles to the columns:

  • How long will it take me
  • Why do I hate it
  • What can I do to not hate it so much
  • Repercussions if I don't do
  • Seriousness (out of 10)
  • What to do about it
  • When
As I stared filling out the sheet, something happened. I found a dentist. One that seems to be accepting new patients, and one that has a friendly kind of website, is in a nice building in a nice town, so I sent them an email. (It's bank holiday) Otherwise I would have phoned them, honest. So its a start. I can hope for an email on Tuesday, and if not ill call them.

I cannot tell you how good it feels. I have squashed a little gremlin. I have to actually book an appointment and actually go, but they are other little gremlins to squash when the time comes.

I already feel like a new woman. An organised type that I long to be like.

OK, so my list is pretty big with some serious things to take action on, but you know what, I started today and I will stick to it until all the little gremlins are squashed and in future, i'll be able to just grab the little gremlin, shake his hand and send him on his way. Never to bother me again.

So, if like me, for some unknown reason you seem to procrastinate when you shouldn't, try this little exercise and please do share with me if it helps.

For those of you who think this is just ridiculous and are super organised, PLEASE share some of your magic with me ! x

I'm off to start on my next task, budgeting it is !

Happy Bank Holiday all xxxx


  1. I do this too - the procrastination over really important things... and its terrible and really hard to explain to anyone why it happens! So I get you - things are the things that keep me awake at night!

  2. Thank you Martina x I am glad I am not alone xxx