On Doing Things You’ve Been Putting Off Forever; Or, I Have a Newsletter Now!


I used to subscribe to e-mails from the FlyLady. If you don’t know her, she’s a legend among women of the Internet who are trying to get in control of their housekeeping.

She sends about a million e-mails a day, and even the daily digest was too much for me after a while.

But one thing I do remember from those days is that Wednesday is antiprocrastination day. It’s the day of the week you’re supposed to do those things you’ve been putting off.

I didn’t consciously intend for today to be antiprocrastination day, but it totally has been. Let me count the ways. Want an easy way to make your year better? Stop putting things off. For real.

Bank Housekeeping

I have a business bank account because I’m a professional, but I haven’t maintained it the way I should.

My ATM card was cancelled years ago for lack of use.

I’d been using checks with the wrong address on them for almost five years.

And I got locked out of my online account because I guessed the password wrong too many times, and I couldn’t unlock it because I didn’t have an ATM card.

Down to one check, and writing checks to myself being the only way I can access the money in that account (see no ATM card, above), and with estimated tax payments due soon, I needed to do some banking. Which I knew, back in December.

But, being me, I put it off.

And then it was the girl’s winter break, and no way I was going to make her sit through all that.

So last week I started adding things to my calendar that needed doing regardless of whether I want to, and today was the day.

It took all of 30 minutes and now I can get into my account and I have shiny new checks and an ATM card heading my way. Good stuff. yarn. worth going to the post office for.

Getting the Mail

My bank happens to be across the street from the post office, so while I was over there I stopped in to get a package that my carrier allegedly attempted to deliver once (though we were home at the time and the doorbell never rang) and required a signature for delivery.

I had no idea what it was, and even though this just happened a couple of days ago, I’d been dreading going in, because our post office is always busy, especially right after they open, which was when I happened to be going.

I walked right in; there was no line.

And the package was yarn! From Austria! So worth it.

Starting a Newsletter

This one is probably the most embarrassing evidence of procrastination of all.

If you’re a blogger or do any kind of business online, you know that you’re supposed to have an e-mail list. I know that I’m supposed to have an e-mail list. This is not new information.

I’ve always intended to do a newsletter, and I know I need it now that I’m posting daily challenges.

In a case of wanting to have everything perfect before I begin, I imagined I would have a great freebie to entice people to sign up. I actually have started writing a few different things.

To encourage myself to get it done, I signed up for a e-mail service.

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See the date on that? Last year. And the one subscriber? That’s me.

Last year.

To be precise, I technically started my email list Jan. 7, 2015.

A year ago.

And never did anything with it.

So, today’s the day.

There’s a little form at the top right of the sidebar where you can sign up, or here it is in bigger form.

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The intent is to send out a newsletter weekly, on Fridays, with the creative challenge prompts for the week and some other good stuff I’ve posted. I’ll start this week if anyone signs up.

And that freebie will be done eventually (the end of the month this year, I hope) and I’ll be sure everyone gets a copy when it is.

All of this is a long way of saying, do whatever it is you’ve been meaning to do. Now. Today. It’s not nearly as horrible as you think. There’s nothing better than the feeling after doing things you’ve been putting off. I promise.

What have you been putting off? Share here and then go do it and report back!

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4 Comments

  1. I love it: anti-procrastination Wednesdays! Thanks for motivating me to get some items checked off my to-do list. And congrats on the newsletter! I still need to tackle that one..:)

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