"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, June 12, 2004

Task avoidance strategies

It's that dreaded time of year again - no, not hayfever - report writing! Last time for me, but still a real chore. Last Monday should have been dedicated to report writing, but the sun and Moel Famau in all its glory beckoned and I am never one to resist temptation! So, while this year's tan got started, the reports didn't.
Lots of time at the weekend. Well, it's Saturday, but now another problem has reared its head - T.A.S. - otherwise known as Task Avoidance Strategy.
It kicked in when I first opened my eyes at 6 this morning. A lovely, sunny morning, the dawn chorus had been underway for some time - ideal for throwing off the bedclothes, leaping up to start a new day with a spot of report writing.
Unfortunately, having opened my eyes, I must had inadvertently closed them again....

8 o'clock. This time I did get out of bed - more of a crawl than a leap - but I got there. Breakfast, take Lucy for a walk - oh! Forgot! Have to go into town for some stuff for Arts Week which begins Monday (lack of resources in school again! :-( )
Reach town at 9.15. 3 hours later and some cash lighter, drive home. By the roundabout, B&Q looms. Bet they've got the garden table I wanted. Maybe I'd better pop in and have a look.

1 o'clock - unload the car. Should I have a go at assembling the garden table?
NO!!! Get those reports started!

15 minutes later, am sitting on the floor making a reasonable start at putting together the hosepipe stand, bought this morning (Yes, it was on the list). When I picked it up in the shop and studied the packaging, there was no hint that, not only did it have to be assembled, but a degree in light enginering was required to be able to complete the job. As I haven't got one, I had to abandon it half done until greater minds than mine could focus on it. Since then, there's been bed making, washing, kitchen cleaning, the ironing's looking very inviting. And it's now 3.30!! The garden table flat pack is there looking at me.....
Table or reports? Decisions, decisions!!

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