Procrastinating Makes a Tidy Desk


This is what procrastinating looks like.  The top drawer of my desk with my thread in it all neat and tidy.  This is not what my thread drawer usually looks like.  For me a neat studio means I’m not working.

It was around 10:30 and I just finished making a couple of potholders, enough for a batch.  And now it was time to start sewing all the pieces of fabric  I  had pinned onto my Wedding Ring Quilt.  And I really didn’t want to do it.

So I decided that I  needed to clean my desk off so I’d have a clear surface to work on. Then  This is how bad it got), instead of sewing, I chose to go on the website and try to sort through the Health Insurance options and choose a new plan.

Forty five minutes later I left a message for someone from New York State of Health  to call me back in the next 24 hours and  found I was thrilled to start sewing.

I started with the alligator because I knew that would be the most satisfying.  And it was.  It inspired me to keep going.   Some I did on the machine, which was quicker by harder to do because the quilt is so big and the machine so small.  And some I hand stitched which was easier but took longer.  It just depended on the look I wanted for each piece I sewed down.  By the end of the night  I had everything stitched down and was actually enjoying it.

Don’t know what all that procrastinating was about.  Guess it was my mind making trouble again, telling me I didn’t want to do something that I actually did want to do.  Have to quiet that mind and remember to listen to my gut.  I think I’m almost done with the quilt.  Just a few more things to do.  And tomorrow I’ll begin with the Rick Rack, I can’t wait.

7 thoughts on “Procrastinating Makes a Tidy Desk

  1. “My mind telling me I didn’t want to do something which I did want to do”

    YES, YES and YES. This describes procrastination so perfectly. I will write it in the front of my little annual pocket diary, where I enter quotes, poems, proverbs, etc. and it will lead all the rest.

    Thank you, Maria

  2. Hi Maria- consider that a procrastinator is someone sensitive to energy and isn’t willing to act until the energy is aligned; then the doing is effortless.
    I let myself off the hook with these thoughts- feel free to adopt them if they please you.

    Kind regards, Marilyn

  3. Maria, that tidying is part of the creative process you know. making a clearing for the next step. In my mind I learned to edit out that word “procrastinating” and let it all be carried in flow

    1. This is a new way of thinking of it Jan. And it seems other people are thinking similar things. I’m going to think again about my idea of procrastinating.

  4. Sometimes procratination isn’t such a bad thing. It gives our mind time to rest, recharge and often come up with something new. It clears the brain and leaves space for us to rest from whatever chore, or task, we might be avoiding.
    At times, I find myself procrastinating and I beat myself up for it, but then I think of Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. I accept the lesson, “Slow and steady wins the race!”
    Have a lovely day.

    1. I use that as a mantra Jane. I even love the way the words feel on my tongue and how they sound coming out of my mouth. Slow and Steady wins the race. A different way of looking at it.

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