I hate accountability

… because it works! Yesterday I was ready to read a large number of National Poetry Month contributions, when I realised I had made my foolish resolution: to work both on #NaPoWriMo, and my unfinished November project. It was immediately clear to me that I had to get some work done first, and could use poetry as a reward.

So grudgingly and reluctantly I went upstairs to check on my Piles of Doom. I realised exchange a nice plan (poetry) for a wise plan (administration) didn’t feel that good yet. The sun was calling me, and I wanted to go outside. So I decided to combine my plan and my urge: I took my administration to my son’s room, opened a window, sat down with the sun on my back, and started working. Here’s proof:

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Doesn’t that look like I’m really organised? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I shan’t bore you with why this project is such a big deal for me. It took me a while to discover it, and it feels rather private. Let’s just summarise it as: it ticks all the wrong boxes.

So I need my own advice to get it done. And, if I’m honest, some help from someone who helps me dig deeper in myself than where I’m willing to go on my own. When I look back at yesterday, I realise that I applied different tactics:

  • accountability
  • eat the frog (doing the thing you’re most likely to procrastinate on first)
  • rewards
  • making things more fun (did I not write a blog post about that yet? It really works!)

And I’m doing the same today. I listen to my own advice. So I read a bit of poetry before I started my day, to recover from the morning rush hour – self care. Then I decided that it was more important to me to report on my progress, than to follow the #NaPoWriMo prompt. (An easy choice, since ‘description’ is not my thing and that takes the fun out of it, and I wrote too many poems on day 2) – values to the rescue. Next, I made myself accountable on Facebook for eating a frog (making invoices). That helped me to get those done before writing this post.

I think I deserve a bit of poetry reading after writing this post, so that will be my next step. After that: more invoices. After those: publish my poem for day 4 and share it. Or take a break first. Saving the best for last πŸ˜‰

If you happen to follow any of my links and wonder why they lead to a different Procrastination Coach site… Yeah, long story. Basically that’s my official one, and I want it to look good (spelling, grammar, lay-out). This is my old blog, which I treat as a playground: the motto is ‘done is better than perfect’. I write straight form the heart and don’t edit much. A quick spell check is often all I do.

Guess on which of my sites I’m spending the most time… πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “I hate accountability

  1. Manja Mexi Movie

    I’m a procrastination queen so I’ll keep away from your well-meaning posts. πŸ˜‰ I like the concept of eating the frog though. I have a feeling it will often cross my mind now whenever I really need to do something first that I hate.

    And for a bit of a chuckle: I’m not an English-speaking native (but rather Slovenian), so there were two words that I kept mixing up until fairly recently. One word is procrastinate, and the other – fornicate.

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Better procrastination queen then…

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    1. Angela van Son Post author

      Oh no, a fornicating queen πŸ™‚ That’s chuckleworthy for sure!

      My slovenian is limited to multivitaminski suk. Is there a Slovenian word for procrastination? I’d love to know it. The Dutch word is uitstelgedrag.

      I know better than most that well-meaning posts don’t stand much chance of making a difference. Just do this and all your troubles go away… Yeah, right!

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      1. Manja Mexi Movie

        Well, I supposed that this was what a procrastination coach did, write such posts. πŸ™‚ I guess (even though I should know since I’m a translator) that Slovenian word for the verb is “zavlačevati”, but this is more “postpone”. Another is “odlaΕ‘ati”. I’m impressed with the choice of your only Slovenian words to know. πŸ˜€ The first is 100% correct, the second should be “sok”, not “suk”. πŸ™‚

        Well, we never really know what of all we read or hear will rub off. Eating the frog certainly has. πŸ™‚

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        1. Angela van Son Post author

          I remember we pronounced it ‘sook, that was probably wrong Γ‘s well πŸ™‚

          It’s hard to market yourself if you’re a procrastination coach who doesn’t believe in those ‘ten tips to stop procrastinating for good’ posts that everybody writes.

          Luckily I like writing, so I don’t mind writing something else than those. If you like the frog idea, I recommend watching the video in the original post. That will rub it in πŸ˜‰ In a good way I mean, it makes even more sense then.

          You can have bull frogs, frogs that turn into princes when you kiss them, poisenous frogs… The frogs make thinking about horrible tasks more fun.

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          1. Manja Mexi Movie

            It reminded me of that graffiti from way back: If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the whole day. I’ll have a look at the video. Were you in Slovenia often or only once? It is pronounced simply “sok” to rhyme with “walk”.

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