Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Keep Calm and Carry On

One thing that drives me up a wall is how I sometimes psyche myself out to the point of paralysis. I see a task or a whole group of tasks and work my brain into a state where everything seems impossible. I see something that might be a major hassle, so I just don't deal with it. The fact is, however, that just a tiny bit of effort would get that task off of my plate in a matter of minutes. So I take a deep breath, solve the problem, and move on. Then comes the feeling of satisfaction that something got done. It's that paralysis part that really sucks.

My yard project is a good example of how I think/operate. I see this seemingly endless task ahead of me, but I force myself to go outside and move even just a few shovelfulls of dirt. There! I am now 2 shovelfulls closer to my goal! I was looking in LJ last year when I started the project and I have come a long way. I am just about to the point of the "blank canvas" I was trying to achieve. Sure, it has taken almost a year, but I'm still making progress! I will just keep breaking things down into little achievable tasks until the project gets done.

Next on deck is to replace the gate into the yard. 14 years of NM winds has battered it badly. I know the task shouldn't take that long, but I have psyched myself out because it requires a trip to Home Depot. It's almost as bad as going to Walmart. Once again, I will put my head down and plow my way through.

On a very happy note I tossed my final mortgage check in the mail today. It required me to go to the bank to get a cashiers check, but that ended up being a painless process as well. Sure, I went out of my way to avoid the ghetto branch, but that was totally worth it. I think I will go a little out of my way to avoid the ghetto Home Depot as well. A little more gas beats a lot more stress.
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