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June 18th, 2005

The Thing You’ve Been Putting Off

Everyone’s got something sitting in the back of their head that they’ve been meaning to do, but have been putting off – maybe for a long time.

I’m in the middle of reading Getting Things Done, which is a pretty solid book on “stress-free productivity”. It’s been really helpful so far but a natural outgrowth of reading the book is that I’ve been forced – in a sense – to think about all of those things in the back of my head.

Thing that gets me the most? I have to take my lighter jacket in to get the sleeves hemmed.You?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 2:02:59 pm
I've read GTD several times but have failed miserably at actually implementing it in my life.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 2:45:40 pm
For me, it's been getting certain work on the house done. It's not something that we can do, so we have to pay for it, but it's not an extravagant amount, so there's no reason I'm putting it off other than, "I don't have time to call the guy and set up a time." Lame.

On the even more stupid list, I have two DVDs I've been meaning to return because of defects and it's been almost a year since I got the return envelope from the studio for one of them.

FROM: toby
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 10:28:30 pm
it is difficult to find the right handyman, decorator, whatever.
just put your best foot forward and take a good look at your home.What does it really need?

FROM: michaelangelo
DATE: Saturday June 18, 2005 -- 10:36:08 pm
your absolutely right. Its hard to find someone that has a passion for detail and a keen sense of style and desire to nest.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday June 19, 2005 -- 8:04:59 pm
I need to sew a button onto a favorite shirt; it's the very bottom button and people just think I'm trying to look like I'm 19 with my stomach showing.

The bigger thing is that I need to find out what kind of floor cleaner to use on my wood floors. The Wet Swiffer is useless; I do better just using a wet paper towel with my bare hands! Any suggestions about what won't harm my floors or leave a film? Why do I think Robert would know this?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 3:37:01 pm

Murphy's Oil Soap

As for me, things I've been putting off include:

Changing my rear tires--they are very bald, but my commute to work is only eight minutes each way on surface roads.

Having a really big garage sale to get rid of junk.

Buying a cd writer so that I can back up my computer and do a full system restore due to weird stuff happening, like last week my sound died even though there's nothing wrong with the audio hardware.

Buying a film scanner so that I can scan my negatives.

Of course, just by cleaning one room of the house, you've put off cleaning another one.

Clean out the fridge!

I never put the Ping off, though.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 3:37:17 pm
I have a ton of stuff I need to sell on craigslist and/or give away. Lame as well.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 4:23:19 pm
I was told that Murphy's would leave a residue, Joseph. Have you used it?

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 6:54:25 pm
oh great, thanks for reminding me that I'd wanted to wash my floors. It's warm and dry out, I guess this could be a good night for it... Murphy's oil soap is good stuff. My mom used it, so I used it, but I don't remember if it leaves a film. I'll let you know tomorrow, I guess!
Other things I gotta do--have some clothes altered (I can't do much more than buttons), finish the tree I'm painting on the living room wall, and finish painting the trim in my bedroom and living room.

FROM: jk
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 10:16:18 pm
Thanks Monica! I use it at work, but the floors there just have a faux wood laminate. Hmm, I don't think I've ever typed the word "faux" before. My floors at home have a satin finish to them and let me repeat: Wet Swiffer is useless. And smells chemical-y.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 1:20:55 pm
Murphy's has been around forever and I've used it for years. Every apartment I've ever had has had wood floors--okay, there was one that didn't, but I only lived there for a few months.

All I can say is that I've never noticed a film or residue. Perhaps the person who told you that it leaves a residue was using it full strength on the floor. You're supposed to dilute it quite a bit, per the instructions on the container.

It also smells good.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 2:54:34 pm
yes, it has a satisfying smell. and no residue on real wood floors. good stuff.

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 10:38:04 pm
So I shouldn't drink it straight either? Thanks!

I've been putting off getting a decent mop too.

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