Toast Talk

October 29, 2012

First of all – THANK YOU all so much for the incredible feedback, suggestions, and advice you left in regards to my Toast Talk post last Monday!  My goal of becoming “well read” is kicking off this week on November 1st (I’m cheesy like that and enjoy official start dates) and I can’t wait to create my own “must read” list, subscribe to publications, and download apps that will keep me in the know on all things that interest me as well as worldly current events.  Stay tuned! I feel like my post from last week is not all that unrelated…

First of all – THANK YOU all so much for the incredible feedback, suggestions, and advice you left in regards to my Toast Talk post last Monday!  My goal of becoming “well read” is kicking off this week on November 1st (I’m cheesy like that and enjoy official start dates) and I can’t wait to create my own “must read” list, subscribe to publications, and download apps that will keep me in the know on all things that interest me as well as worldly current events.  Stay tuned!

I feel like my post from last week is not all that unrelated to this week’s…  Wanting to do more than I already am – making adjustments and additions to better enrich my twenty-something life.  Not too long ago, Joslyn wrote this post about recharging and relaxing – noting how even though most of us are “go-go-go” all the time, we try to fill up our relaxation or gaps in our insane schedules with productivity – we never want to sit idle and just be.  At the time of her post Joslyn had just come off an insane deadline at work (the birth of D Moms Magaine), was exhausted and drained, and even though she knew that starting that new book and or head to a museum would be a great way to fill her new-found “down time” she decided to embrace the idea of inactivity and doing nothing…

This post struck a chord with me.  But mostly because my situation was a flip-flop compared to hers:  I have a busy schedule and like it that way, but when I am met with pockets of free time I immediately park myself on the couch with Bravo and Pinterest rather than getting things done ahead of schedule or responding to the mountain of emails I know need responses (to those of you waiting for said responses, I’ve read them and I swear I have them *starred* in my gMail to respond to!).   Joslyn goes to museums and starts new books all the time, this was only of the few moments she chose idleness over productivity.  I choose idleness almost every time.

I don’t think I always used to be like this… Up until several months ago I would wake up early, work a full day, go to the gym straight after work, fix dinner, and do blogging business at home till it was time for bed.  Rinse and repeat day after day.  Then I determined that my gym membership was an expense I couldn’t afford and didn’t need.  I still woke up early but I was always late for work and never got everything finished that I needed to before running out the door.  This was probably due to the fact that many nights after work I ran errands, went to events, or scheduled dinners and photography time rather than coming straight home and as Meg likes to say, getting shit done.  Coming home became a ritual of comfy clothes + dinner + TV + time with Sally.  Then I decided I would rather read before going to bed instead of being on the computer.  This has made me loads happier but just added to the neglect of productivity when it came to blog work and email catch-up.

I know myself, and I know that I thrive under pressure – that it’s hard for me to get things done unless I have a concrete and looming deadline.  I don’t know if it’s because I get more inspired when down to the wire or if I just enjoy torturing myself and running on adrenaline. Either way, it’s why I write all my blog post the day they appear on the blog (no joke, read the FAQ page) and why the first emails that get a response are the ones that truly need it.  For someone so type-A and organized, I cannot believe I have let this procrastination go on for so long…  My method for much of the work surrounding this blog has been the opposite of productive and has only become a real problem the past several months.  Blogging suff should be the work I like to do!  Not something I put off all the time because it requires more attention than scrolling though Pinterest.

Remember when I said that I was running myself into the ground on Friday?  Well, sister Sally and I have reached our breaking point and we are implementing what we think will be a genius solution to our procrastination problem: Sunday workdays.  What has traditionally been known as a day of rest will become our day of doing.  Whether that means preparing posts for the week ahead, tackling emails, taking needed photographs for the blog, laying out outfits for work, running errands, and or doing around the apartment chores – we will be getting our shit done.  If only so watching the Kardashians feels less guilty and getting some daily exercise becomes a priority.  Oh, and getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep will be nice, too!  Pretty freaking excited for Sunday fundays Workdays…

How do you all keep from procrastinating?  Any methods for staying motivated and getting stuff done?  I almost think I need to have a rewards system like I did when I was in school: every time I finished a paragraph for a paper or reached a certain point in whatever interior design project I was working on, I ate some peanut butter M&Ms.  Sounds insane and childish but it helped me get big projects done one bite at a time.  Maybe Sal and I can make Sunday nights pizza night – a nice reward for doing a full day of work and a perfect way to head into a new week…

(Image via Flickr)

  1. Gosh, this post came at the perfect time for me! I actually have a post scheduled to go up about this tomorrow AM. I have always been a procrastinator, and your phrase of "always picking idleness" REALLY resonated. That is SO me. We have had an insanely stressful and busy past 3 months and I've been using that as an excuse to not work out, not eat healthy, and not get shit done. I, too, am big on cheesy kick-off dates, so I'm starting my Operation Get It Together tomorrow. I'm going to try the Sunday Workday idea. Really like that!

  2. This post really resignated with me and I am the biggest procrastinator. I think that at the end of the day as long as it gets done -thats what matters. I do think though prioritizing is important and once you finish what you need to do…you can use your free time for the projects and goals you are passionate about! Love your blog

  3. I'm a 30something year old procrastinator and a few things I have learned are 1) procrastination is fine as long as it gets done (we all have different working styles). 2) Be kind to yourself and honor how you need to recharge. 3). Sometimes changing one thing in your weekly schedule is good, but allow yourself time to adjust to that change. Both of you are so talented with this blog and it is always a joy to read.

  4. Oh Molly, I feel like I could have written that post I related to it so much (except I couldn't have – because you write beautifully). Problem is I also have Sunday workdays and Saturday workdays that don't seem to be helping the problem. I'm now trying to implement stricter deadlines – bursts of productivity if you will – all based on the idea that the workload for a task expands with the amount of time you schedule for it… I'll let you know if it helps! Oh, and Bravo's good too, for your sanity! X

  5. Ohh dear,you are too tough on yourself. Bravo is my best friend! I posted a poster that said "you should do what you do while procrastinating all the time…doubt they meant loafing on the couch for a living! I agree with turning the computer off at a certain point and read a book..this weekend I turned off the computer and finished planting an entire winter garden! I felt so accomplished! But my blog is suffering … Barely been updating it…oh well balance someday.

  6. I totally spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time with my books. I LOVE to read and lately I haven't even been able to do a book a month. Sad, I know. But, to get things done, I had to go old school and get a "To Do" list from Target. Each page has a box for each day of the week, so I just write down what I need/want to get done on the day it needs to be done in. This way I can see what i'm doing or not doing and I get some sort of gratification by seeing my list checked off.

  7. I love Sunday workdays…..for me its Saturday too!!! hahaha…..Its a lot, you both do a lot….you both work full time, and since the blog is growing so much now blogging has become more work plus with all events in the evenings and stuff I really am amazed at all you accomplish….how do those girls do it? So I'm thinking you are doing something right! 🙂
    xx

  8. I'm a big procrastinator and perfectionist.. A deadly combo! I have a sorta-Sunday workday. I usually work on my blog and take outfit photos on Sunday–but I think I definitely need to be more proactive about it for sure! lol

    xx
    Giovanna
    http://www.oliveandanarrow.com

  9. Great post. I seem to have weeks of serious productivity, followed by weeks filled with lots of couch time. I always wish that I could just be productive all the time, but I think the time I allow myself to relax gets my mind ready to be productive again. I suppose it's a natural part of life…

  10. I am a huuuuge procrastinator and always have been! Now it seems that if I plan to do work ahead of time, it just takes 10 times longer than it should. A never ending cycle!

  11. That is a great idea! I "got shit done" this past saturday- spent the whole day running around doing errands that I had put off for weeks. It felt great! I think this is a great way to start a new week. Thanks for the idea!

  12. Just want to say I'm new to this blog, and I REALLY love it! Anywho, I usually try to get my blog business done on the weekends, whether its Saturday or Sunday. That way I have time during the weeknights to go to the gym, cook and spend time with my boyfriend. 🙂

  13. I'm the same way! But sorta flip flop. I guess since I new to blogging, that's all I ever want to do and I'm letting real work and school take the back burner! Like you said, maybe I should set aside Sundays to do majority of my blogging duties (email, editorial calender, etc) and focus more on work and school more during the week and only focusing on my beloved blog an hour or so during the day.

    Thanks for the "hits-home" toast talk posts! x

    chelsie | mossypants.com

  14. I've never been a procrastinator. Even when I had senioritis baaad, I still had my work done two days before it was due. In design school I worked my a** off every free second so I wouldn't have to pull all-nighters. Blogging for me now is just a hobby, so I enjoy having everything done a week in advance. I have found I am much more confident in my posts if I have them planned. To each their own!

  15. I am a HUGE procrastinator but also a perfectionist so it takes me that much longer to get shit done. I recently found that I was taking 2 hours everyday AFTER my 7-4 job to design posts & work on my blog. That just doesn't fly. I have so much to do already during the day as well as a boyfriend at home to spend time with. So now I use Sunday's to get a few posts out of the way for the week. I feel as if Sunday's are def a day of rest but that is when I feel most creative!!! xo

  16. I am a HUGE procrastinator but also a perfectionist so it takes me that much longer to get shit done. I recently found that I was taking 2 hours everyday AFTER my 7-4 job to design posts & work on my blog. That just doesn't fly. I have so much to do already during the day as well as a boyfriend at home to spend time with. So now I use Sunday's to get a few posts out of the way for the week. I feel as if Sunday's are def a day of rest but that is when I feel most creative!!! xo

  17. I am a HUGE procrastinator but also a perfectionist so it takes me that much longer to get shit done. I recently found that I was taking 2 hours everyday AFTER my 7-4 job to design posts & work on my blog. That just doesn't fly. I have so much to do already during the day as well as a boyfriend at home to spend time with. So now I use Sunday's to get a few posts out of the way for the week. I feel as if Sunday's are def a day of rest but that is when I feel most creative!!! xo

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