I have to work really hard at not being a serial and chronic procrastinator. I sometimes get a perverse joy out of dodging something until tomorrow, and then it doesn't rear its head tomorrow and I can dodge again, and then a month has passed and I HAVE GOT AWAY WITH IT but you know it will raise its ugly head one day and it will maybe be 3 times as hard to deal with as it would have been in the first place and I beat myself about this all the time.
I've now decided that Friday is my day of doing things I've put off all week. Even better, today, I just did something that has been hanging over me for over a year. It involves our billing system at work- when we act for a particular client, we record time against their specific client number and then, when you bill that client number, it gets picked up and computed. except sometimes given the speed at which we need to mobilise and give advice, you need to do a chunk of the work before a client no. has been generated. In cases like this, you record your time on your suspense account as a temporary measure, and move it across to the client umber once it comes into existence. Due to a fuck up (not mine) we billed a file in feb 2014 where some of the time (only about 2k worth) had been left to linger on the temp suspense account, meaning the client got a 2k discount on work we had done. the mistake wasn't picked up till march, by which point the client had already paid their invoice and there is no way we could jeapardise the relationship by going back to ask for more. (It was my secretary's fuck up and I didd't want to drop her in it. so I just let the time linger on the file). Every month I get a reminder from our billings team telling me to either bill it or get head of dept authorisation to write it off. I have dodged getting the authorisation for over a year now by ignoring the increasingly stern reminders.
Today I sent a 2 line email to the head of dept setting out that a mistake had happened last year (no names) and asking for authority to w/o. She replied in ONE MINUTE to say it was fine.
I have been stressing about this for 13 fucking months.
man it feels good. next outlook reminder regarding this I can hit DISMISS instead of 'snooze 2 weeks'.
So guys, what are you procrastinating over? Think of one thing, confront it, and post about it here. GOGOGO, what are you waiting for?