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Chapter 5. It's About Time > But I Just Can't Find the Time - Pg. 50

It's About Time 50 But I Just Can't Find the Time You know that I'm not trying to turn you into a workhorse who never has any fun, and you understand that you determine how you spend your time. But you can't quite buy into the concept that not only will you be able to get your big responsibilities and routine tasks taken care of, you'll also have time left over to kick back and contemplate your navel or whatever else you'd choose to do with some free time. (I would sleep, read novels, and have a conversation with my husband about something other than whose turn it is to change our daughter's diaper.) Quicksand! Multitasking (taking care of two or more obligations or chores simultaneously) can be a good way to make the most of your time, but watch out for hidden dangers in this strategy. You might not do as good a job with the individual tasks because you're dividing your attention, and you may start to feel burned out if you're always tackling too much at once. You can barely find the time to get yourself and the kids (or yourself and the houseplants) fed and watered each day. How will you ever find the time to catch up on all the things that have piled up while you've been procrastinating? You can't get things done because you just can't find the time. Isn't it interesting that you can almost always find the time to do things that are easy or enjoyable? You can while away two hours on a Saturday afternoon watching a classic movie on television, but you can't find 30 minutes to weed the garden. You find time to chat on the phone with friends throughout the workday, but you can't find time to get that expense report filled out. You're Not Alone Like an Egyptian mummy, I am pressed for time. --Jean Garten The Easy Way Out It seems to be human nature that most people, especially procrastinators, do the things that are fun or easy first. Remember that thought-action link that's so vulnerable to distractions? (If you don't remember what that's all about, go back to Chapter 3, "Blame It on the Environment," and Chapter 4, "It's All in Your Head.") When you develop the habit of procrastinating, you act on impulse rather than thinking through your actions. Your impulses often point you to the quickest, most pleasant activity rather than the more difficult or complex ones.