February 23, 2019: The Penalty of Procrastination
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” ~ Christopher Parker
It’s that time of year again, where my tendency to procrastinate mundane tasks has me paying the price. When you own a business whose parts inventory involves thousands of tiny pieces, it would be logical to inventory them each time a supply order comes in. Each February when we start preparing for our tax returns, I wholeheartedly vow to keep on top of it. In the first month or so, I catalogue each order with a smug sense of satisfaction. But….and there is always a but, I eventually get caught up in the excitement of new designs, the creation of new products, photographing my work, social marketing and writing; all activities I love to do. The tedious task of logging new pieces into my excellent, jewelry software program gets set aside. Once show season starts in the Spring, time constraints get even tighter. So here I now sit, with an overwhelming task of sorting through all of the jewelry parts that should have been catalogued last year. My lovely, serene studio, looks like the victim of a stage 5 hurricane, and I’m trying not to get discouraged with how long it’s taking.
I am trying to make it more bearable. I have beautiful music floating in the background and the fragrance of lemon grass misting through the studio. A spicy rejuvenating tea is steeping in my favorite mug. Yet, as I sort through pieces, it’s hard to stay focused. My creative mind keeps jumping to designs I could be making rather than slogging through what seems like endless tedium.
At the same time, my husband and business partner Ron, is on a creative roll. He’s much more disciplined than I am, and uses this slower time of year to fuel his creativity. I get to photograph and write about his pieces, but yearn to be making my own.
In conclusion, I am determined to slog through this process, get my tax information done and my studio back in order; and then open the door to all of the richly hued ideas that have been simmering in the side wings of my imagination.
Lesson learned….I certainly hope so. In the meantime, if you have had similar experiences and advice for the perpetual procrastinator, I’d love to hear it.