14 March 2011

The Pleasure of Completion

I just finished a major project- two major projects, actually- on which the deadline was rapidly approaching. Phew! Hitting "send" on that last one, wow, what a thrill.

I seem to do the same thing over and over: I procrastinate ("Oh, I got lots of time on this!"), then suddenly the realization hits that I'm down to about 1/3 of the total time I started with; I start working like mad, stressing, unable to sleep, waking up at night in a panic, completely immersing myself in the project and ignoring everything else, and usually make it with just a few minutes (or days, or weeks, depending on how much time I started with) to spare. And every time, I tell myself that next time, I'll do better- I'll actually make a schedule, and stick with it, and calmly saunter through the project, finishing with plenty of time to spare. But it never happens. I wonder if it's because really, deep down, I just love that thrill of completion so much- it wouldn't be the same if it wasn't preceded by the big panicky rush. Sort of like extreme sports, which, I imagine, people only do because it feels so good when the pain stops- don't they?

There is, however, one drawback to being finished with a big project: I have no more excuses for not doing other stuff. "Oh, but I'm so busy!" won't cut it any longer. Drat it. You mean I actually have to get to doing all that other work I've ignored for the last however-many weeks? Hmph.

And for your visual delight, here is a picture of Steve hanging out with his buddy Benjamin, busily gathering dust while I was doing my thing. You can't say we're not an industrious bunch around here.


  1. Hi Angelika,

    Good for you!!! You got it done! Now you have time to get ready for your parent's visit! lol

    Sheryl :)

  2. Yahoo! Good for plugging through and completing...completion is a huge conficdence booster! Now you can enjoy visiting your folks!

  3. I used to do that a lot too and I would always use the reasoning that I work better under pressure - sounds reasonable, right? ;-)