Reasonable Me: Calling the regional GM. “Hello? This is Moi. Ummm I’m calling in sick. I’m not sure if I’ll be out all day or just for part of the day”.
GM: You’re calling in sick but don’t know if you’re sick for part of the day or the full day?
Moi: Well, not really sick – I just have some personal business that I didn’t get done while I was on the road, and I’ve kept putting it off, but it has to be done before my “appointment” this afternoon.
GM: You know your review is today, right?
Moi: Yeah, well, just add this to the list of black marks that are already piled up against my name.
GM: So you’ll be out all day?
Moi: No … I’ll really try to focus and concentrate so I can get my stuff done quicker. If I do, maybe I can get there for a half a day. I’ll keep you posted. Okay? **crosses fingers**
GM: Okay. Let me know.Here’s the benefit of procrastination … If I procrastinate long enough, I become SUPER efficient. In 4-hours I: 1. Washed and folded all of my laundry 2. Stripped my bed 3. Washed the sheet/made the bed 4. Filed all the bills/correspondence on my desk 5. Dust-mopped under the bed/behind the desk/behind the dresser/behind the bureau/ under the chair and in the closet. 6. Dusted the desk/window sills/ceiling fan/dresser/bureau/dehumidifier/and washer/dryer 7. Emptied the dehumidifier 8. Replaced the light-bulb in the laundry closet 9. Replaced the air-filter in the heat/air-conditioner return vent 10. Made the guest bed, put away the un-ironed ironing 11. Mopped the bathroom floor/cleaned the sink and toilet 12. Wiped down the mirror 13. Swept the kitchen florr/Mopped the kitchen floor/put away the dishes in the dish drainer 14. Dust-mopped the living room/dinning room and dinning room table 15. Set the dinning room table 16. Swept the front porch 17. Brought in the garbage cans and recycling bin 18. Took another shower, drove through McDonalds for a child’s meal 19. Arrived at work before 1 pm! The benefit of stress? If I hadn’t been stressed I never would have: 1. Wanted to clean up in the first place 2. Convinced myself it was okay to take time off from work to take care of me 3. Cleaned without getting lost in the little details no one would ever notice. Bottom line? A relaxing 4 hours of work, a good review (OMG) at work, and in home in time to cook the Creamy Shrimp and Tomato Soup and Jasmine rice – and enjoy my company!