How I Use Bribery To Get Things Done

By February 25, 2013General

Bribery is one of the best tools around and I think more moms should use it.

Now before you run off to find your stash of feathers and your wheel barrow of tar, let me explain.

As many of you know, I love mornings. I get up an hour or so before the rest of the family so that I can prepare my heart, my plans and myself for the day. But I don’t get up at O’dark nothing just for the sheer fun of it.

Yes, I know the value of what I’m doing and I feel the benefit of my time with God, but there are some mornings when I. Just. Want. To. Sleep.

So I bribe myself. I know what I *want* to do, but I don’t always *feel* like it, so I bribe myself with something I *feel* like doing.

I’ve created a cozy little space in my office with a teapot, a basket of teas, and an assortment of snacks. Sometimes there is chocolate.

On those mornings when I *want* to get up but I don’t *feel* like it, I bribe myself with whatever works.

Lately, I’ve been bribing myself with a book.

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I’ve rarely found a book I wanted to sit down and devour more than this one. If you’ve read this blog for long, you might know that I’m a total fangirl when it comes to Melanie’s writing. She is ridiculously hilarious, witty and wise.

I got this book right in the midst of a crazy busy couple weeks for me. It was all I could do not to chuck it all, grab some chocolate and coffee and just have a little readathon.

The kids’ could make their own dinner, right?

But I didn’t do that. Instead I used this tempting little treat to bribe myself to get all my work done….on time (take that procrastination). I used it to get up early a few mornings to make sure I had time for my regular routine and some extra writing I needed to do.

I’m happy to say that I’m finally through my busy couple of weeks and I got everything done well.

Bribery works.

To the rest of the world, I just looked like a diligent, hard working morning person, but now you know my little secret.

Need a Little Extra Incentive?

Melanie offered to give one of you a copy of her book! (By the way it hit the New York Times Best Seller list this weekend. How cool is that?)

To enter, just leave a comment sharing what thing you’ve been procrastinating that you want to get done. Maybe this book will be the perfect incentive to get started…and finished.

Click here to leave your comment.

FYI: You can get Melanie’s book at your local bookstore or right now at Amazon.

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  • Avatar LeeAnn says:

    I have been procrastinating selling a pile of stuff in my living room that we no longer need.

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    Calling a church whose puppets our old pastor borrowed 4 years ago (yikes) to find out their office ours bc when i tried to randomly stop by once they were locked up. so will do it right now…

  • Avatar Christa says:

    Ha! What HAVEN’T I been procrastinating on?! One of the biggies would be cleaning my bedroom! I am sure my hubby and I would sleep SO MUCH better if I would just clean the room! *sigh* Maybe your post will push me to at least get started?! 🙂

  • Avatar Jacy says:

    Procrastinating on completely diving on on my masters research project!! Need motivation !

  • Avatar Katie says:

    Sorting through my son’s clothes and storing, pitching, and donating. He’s six! So there’s a lot to do! And part of this would certainly have to address dealing with all those single socks that keep ending up in his drawer that are two sizes too small!

  • Avatar linda says:

    i have been putting off my annual dr. check up!!

  • Avatar April says:

    I’m procrastinating organizing the basement and de-cobwebbing. I hate spiders and they are everywhere down there!

  • Avatar Jules says:

    I’ve been procrastinating clearing up the clutter in my room… Fixing my yarn and craft drawers… I really need to de-clutter before I’m told I’m hoarder…. Plus I don’t think it’s healthy to be around so much stuff,,, it’s overwhelming…..

  • Avatar Stacy O'Neill says:

    Urgghh…well, here goes on being completely transparent and vulnerable with a subject I really hate…TAXES…yes, procrastinating on getting THAT done on time…but thank you for the PUSH. Today is the day of pulling my head out of the sand…literally. As far as my home, that IS the one thing in order…

    I love coming to your blog and reading a breath of fresh air into my mornings…now off to start those filing of taxes!
    God Bless your day…

  • Avatar Laura says:

    To get the dog to the vet for his rabies shot and liscening.

  • Avatar Sue says:

    Catching up on grading for my classes!

  • Avatar Marijoy says:

    I need to complete CPR training and some paperwork to be able to provide respite care for my friend.

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    Been putting off going through my boys toys. They got tons at Christmas and birthdays are coming up fast and things need to be thinned out.

  • Avatar Naomi says:

    Sewing. Curtains, baby gifts. It’s not even the sewing it’s the ironing that has to happen before the sewing….

  • Avatar Kimberly says:

    I need to cut down on paperwork piles!!
    Give three of the 7 kids haircuts.
    And uncover a chair in the master bedroom hidden by clothes!

  • Avatar Amy Corley says:

    Painting my hallway! All those doorways…all that trim! I won’t tell you exactly how long I’ve been procrastinating on this particular project…too embarrassing :).

  • Avatar Kate Coleman says:

    Been stop and go with Maximizing my Mornings. I can’t seem to stay consistent with PUSHING myself out of bed in the morning. Every night, I have the BEST intentions, because I so want to spend that time with the Lord in the morning, because on the morning I do, do it, it sets such a beautiful tone to my day!!! So I am have procrastinating a HONEST, HARD, DISCIPLINE and practice to wake up earlier every day.

  • Avatar Jane says:

    I’ve been procrastinating getting up before the kids. I was doing well before the holidays – but haven’t really gotten back into the swing. It makes a huge difference in my day when I get up before, read the bible & exercise.

  • Avatar Kortney says:

    This type of bribery would really work for me – especially with book reward!

  • Avatar amy delrio says:

    I honestly procrastinate laundry!!! cant seem to enjoy it at all!!! mainly putting it away!

  • Avatar Shawn Bensley says:

    I’ve got several craft projects going that are nearly done and have been nearly done for 2 years. I keep putting them off.

  • Avatar Britney Camp says:

    I really need to start stop procrastinating about getting up earlier than my boys.

  • Avatar Jill G says:

    I am terrible at procrastinating ANYTHING that is unpleasant. The dreaded tax return would definitely be at the top of that list! This book looks really great.

  • Avatar Nicki says:

    Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?
    HA
    Fine, I get the hint, I’ll go put away (okay, start on) those baskets of clean clothes. While I’m at it I will also clean sort them

  • Avatar Cristy says:

    I have no problem washing or even folding laundry… but I have piles of mine, my son’s and my daughter’s neatly folded laundry over flowing on my dresser because I hate putting clothes away!

  • Avatar Azul says:

    I’ve been procrastinating getting our paper files back in order. It’s going to involve a lot of time spent with my shredder, and I’m just not looking forward to it.

  • Avatar Rachel Mahan says:

    Can it be something so simple as getting laundry under control in the middle of morning (all day) sickness? …because that’s mine. I’m procrastinating laundry.

  • Avatar Natasha Henderson says:

    I just need to get the last few boxes unpacked from our move in November. Currently they are piled in the spare room downstairs. Which I would also like to get set up. So there’s two things I need to stop procrastinating on. Not to mention the housework that I really should be doing right now instead of typing this. Ha!

  • Avatar erica says:

    26 weeks pregnant and need to finish my 2.5 year olds ‘big boy room’ and START on the nursery.. so much to do.

  • Avatar Jen S says:

    Sending Thank You notes to our worship team who prepared diligently for our ladies conference! They are each written on a steno pad but I’ve been putting off actually making the cards. I bought stamps and plan to emboss the cards to make them look extra special, but now it’s taking extra long to get them out.

  • Avatar Stephanie C. says:

    Losing weight! I want to, I really do, but tomorrow is always a better time to start that exercise regime and make better eating habits. Tomorrow I will feel better and have the emotional and physical “stamina” that I know it takes. Always tomorrow…

  • I really need to go through my three kids rooms and sort and find things they no longer wear or use and donate. I need to go through their closets and find clothes that no longer fit or needs repair.
    I hate doing this so I always put it off.
    I would love to be entered.
    M. Waters

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    I need to get working on a quilt for our bed. I’ve put it off for years. The material (recycled (holey) jeans) are all over our bedroom in big totes… ~sigh~

  • Avatar michele says:

    This book looks really funny and real. would love to win a copy…..
    I am utterly embarassed but willingly share that I have been procrastinating on meal planning for my family. I have been at stay at home mom for 6 years now and I just keep putting it off. Obviously we are surviving but I know it would make my life simplier and even a bit healthier. I even signed up for Plan to Eat a couple months ago. I went to your boot camp as well. Loaded the recipes but never did the last step. Seems so silly & simple
    but its true.

  • Avatar Alisa says:

    Well, we are moving across the country in three weeks… My list is long and I need to get busy! Packing, cleaning, preparing for a road trip! This book is on my list and I would love to read it as a reward on our drive!

  • Avatar LovemyboysK says:

    That’s exactly what I need! Anything to help me get out of my bed in the mornings! :). Procrastinating on major decluttering of house and garage, and on starting new routine of early to bed and early to rise. Thanks, Kat, for all you do to inspire us. You truly are a treasure!

  • Avatar Becky says:

    I have been procrastinating on my tax returns, so much more fulfilling to read a good book. Perhaps I will get up early tomorrow and work on it.

  • Avatar Jen says:

    I need to clear out a corner of the basement – I could use a little incentive! 🙂

  • Avatar Shannon says:

    I have been procrastinating organizing our family photos — they need to come off of their various digital devices, onto a computer, and then print/use our favorites.

  • I procrastinate the treadmill all the time, so I save up my favorite DVR’d shows and only allow myself to watch them on the treadmill. So, that is my bribery!

  • We moved in November, and now that everything that I absolutely NEED is unpacked, I have been procrastinating on unpacking and organizing the last few boxes in our bedroom.

  • I have to clean the grout on my ENTIRE livingroom floor, and have been putting it off for weeks! Oh yeah, then there’s the regular stuff like laundry, dishes, ETC ETC ETC =(

  • Avatar Michele says:

    I’ve been putting off filing the paper clutter on my desk!

  • Avatar Elizabeth Grave says:

    I have been putting off waking up early and having my quite time with God. My husband and I are moving to Florida in two weeks and I have been telling myself that I can sleep in now and when I get to Florida I will start waking up early then also my husband wakes up at 6:30 in the morning and I really don’t want to wake up before him because he told me that if I got up earlier so would he and there goes my quite time because he will want to hang out when I want to have my quite time. I was doing the Hello morning Challange but after a miscarriage I have lost interest and been very passive and not forcing myself to get up. I get up early to let the dogs out, so I’m not tired but I just have no desire to stay up so I crawl back into bed and fall back to sleep quite easily. I hate it but can’t seem to shake myself out of this pattern.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I need to make a bunch of appointments for both me and my daughter but I just keep putting it off. Don’t really even know why….

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Sarah,
      You won the copy of Melanie’s book. Email me your mailing address and I’ll have it sent out to you! Congrats. – Kat

  • Avatar sarah says:

    Cleaning out my 5 year-old son’s closet (which is full of BABY things!)

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I’ve been procrastinating cleaning my pantry/craft closet and getting it organized. I hate to do it, because it seems like every time I do, the kids destroy it within minutes.

  • Avatar Penny says:

    We moved into our house 4 years ago. I still have 42 unpacked boxes in the basement waiting for me. And we have no doors on any room except the bathroom because we took them off to paint, and then…. things and stuff and life and procrastination happened. I could use a bribe. Thanks for the idea.

  • Avatar jill britz says:

    procrastinating on my son’s baby book. i paralyze myself in not being able to do it perfectly how i envision it. *gag*. 🙂

  • Ugh. Procrastination. It is definitely my enemy. I often “bribe myself” too. Sometimes it even works!

  • Avatar C says:

    We had company for Christmas. I shoved a lot of stuff where it didn’t belong so that my newly moved in home would look presentable. Weeelllll…its all still there. I just cant seem to muster the energy to take care of that. A bribe sounds really good at this point especially when it includes my two loves-reading a fantastic book and chocolate!

  • Avatar Robyn says:

    Organizing my recipes! I keep printing and tearing them out of magazines but never filing or organizing them. Then I can never find the one I want when I’m ready to cook so I print another copy. The pile is getting out of control!

  • Avatar Lauren says:

    I’m a horrible procrastinator! I’ve recently been procrastinating on cleaning and also on schoolwork. Yuck!

  • Avatar Nadia says:

    My top 3 Procrastination Pits:

    1. Completing a work-related assignment.
    2. Making time for God.
    3. Exercising.

  • Avatar Tammy says:

    I have been putting off cleaning out my closet. I really dislike doing it. I keep telling myself I might find some treasure in there. But I haven’t started on it yet. I love your idea. I am going to have to try it.

  • Avatar Meagan says:

    I really, REALLY need to declutter and organize our master bedroom. Actually our entire upstairs needs some lovin’. Downstairs is OK because I try to keep that looking half-way decent for company, but most people don’t make it up the stairs. And too often my piles from downstairs just end up in our bedroom with the door closed. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who does this! 😉

  • Avatar Leah says:

    The pile on my desk. Imagine a two foot stack of randomness that has accumulated over the last few years (spanning a remodel and the birth of our first child). I don’t even go into the room anymore. I love the idea of bribing myself-especially with a great book and chocolate.Thank you for the great post.

  • Avatar Denna says:

    I’ve been procrastinating time for myself. I finally found an hour today to get caught up on reading these posts. I love what Kat has to say! I’m so glad I’m not alone in my feelings about this crazy life. When I take time for me my whole family benefits! I can’t wait to bribe myself tomorrow morning!

  • Avatar Debby says:

    I have been putting off my daily exercise. I hurt myself a couple weeks ago and I just haven’t gotten back to it. 🙁

  • Avatar Laura says:

    Ugh…paperwork, namely in the form of my FSA reimbursement and taxes.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Boxes and boxes from moving!

  • Avatar Christy S says:

    Getting pictures in my son’s baby book before this next baby comes. Only about 10 weeks left!

  • Avatar Catina says:

    Going through children’s clothes and toys. It’s always so hard for me to see all the cute little things they have outgrown.

  • Avatar jenn says:

    I use to be a getter done person but now i have swung to opposite big time procrastinator and i can’t get out of my rut

  • Avatar Laney says:

    I am going to deep clean and organize my closet and bedroom!

  • Avatar Stacy Stone says:

    I’ve been procrastinating about calling to have our icemaker and water dispenser repaired (it’s under warranty!) – now they are scheduled for March 4! Whoo-hoo!

  • Avatar Janell says:

    I have been procrastinating on making our annual digital photo scrapbook for 2012. This is something I do in December, and it’s almost March.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Sending out our baby announcements! :>)

  • Avatar Debbie says:

    This is embarrassing ….. several boxes of misplaced Christmas ornaments still need to get put up in the attic. This is ridiculous – it will soon be March!!
    Love to win the book 🙂

  • Avatar Sandy says:

    I have found that I can procrastinate about just about anything. Lately, though I have been praying off organization projects in my room. I Tamy want it to new a haven for hubby and I, but out seems to be a catch all.

  • Avatar Wendy says:

    Paper work out of my office. I need a gigantic shredder and about 2 hours!!

  • Avatar Amy Pecoraro says:

    Ahh… this is unfortunately an easy answer for me… a report for work! Bribing me with a wonderful, awesome book sounds great!

  • Avatar Shelly W. says:

    Well, as the queen of procrastination, I have a huge get-it-done list. On the top of it right now is some writing I need to get done and a pile of papers that need to be graded–this week!

  • Avatar Deanna says:

    My darling son is 8mo and my other darling son is 6 yo. There is not enough room to share all that has been procrastinated. Rather, I like to focus on the one or two things that did get done! I just need the world to pause for one week and maybe, just maybe I can tackle the disorder that is my life right now! But seriously, once little one is older, I look forward to adding “Morning person” to my list of successes. I love this blog. Thank you for truly being an inspiration. Blessing to you – Dee

  • Avatar Karen H. says:

    We moved last fall and I still need to finish hanging pictures. Every room has pictures leaning against the wall and it drives me crazy. But obviously not crazy enough to take the time to hang them!

  • Avatar Christine says:

    Wow, I’ve been feeling this nudge today… and your topic today hits it on its head!

    I’ve been procrastinating change, making positive changes in my life because of old mindset. Working to change mindset, thoughts, into actions… because my “good intentions” of spring cleaning are not getting done like I’d really like to. And there’s “stuff” behind the stuff where I’ve been stuck for awhile. Would love to read this book; thanks!

  • Avatar Debi says:

    My husband, two sons and myself have lived in South Africa for two and a half years serving with Jabulani Africa Ministries. WE LOVE WHERE GOD’S PUT US to train and disciple young people to impact their own communities with tools of servant leadership. It’s unbelievable how much our shelves and closets & floor space is filling up more and more with “stuff”. I’m not sure where all of it is coming from but like I said, I have two sons who collect (rocks, twigs, whatever they find). I’ve been procrastinating going through all the clutter and giving it away! I need to just give whatever continually is left out so we can be good stewards of what we need to have and let others benefit from all the other “stuff”! HELP!

  • Avatar lenka says:

    I want for months to clean and organize a spare room that we have.It’s just a storage of everything and keeps getting worse since there is no more order anyways…;-)

  • Avatar melanie says:

    Dishes! Sometimes I give myself a little treat after they are done.

    I had also been procrastinating on getting some seeds and plants in pots. I finally did it yesterday and realized that it took far less time and effort than I expected.

    Procrastination is evil that way – it often makes tasks seem like they will require far more time and energy than they actually do. Or that we shouldn’t start a task until we have time to complete it (like that much free time ever comes our way. Please!) Procrastination is mean…

    Down with procrastination!

  • Avatar Michelle R. says:

    Ugh! I’ve been procrastinating on getting our basement pantry space de-cluttered and re-organized.

  • Avatar Judy says:

    in the “immediate” the dishes in the dishwasher …the clean clothes folded … AND put away … and then there’s those bags of clothes to donate that have been living in the back of the van ….

  • Avatar Ashley S. says:

    Last night my procrastination caused an anxiety attack… I’m not sure what’s more upsetting — the pile of work for my home, work and small business that was in front of me (I haven’t seen my reading chair in three weeks… my laundry ate it) or the fact that it’s my own fault. I’m realizing that procrastination is ugly for so many reasons, It costs money (late fees), more time that the task should’ve taken (considering the time spent procrastinating + the time spent stressing over the fact that the task isn’t done + the time to actually do the task), and can take a toll on health (stress = headaches, chest pains, etc)… praying for discipline to stop the cylce.

  • I’ve been procrastinating cleaning our laundry room!
    ~Jessica

  • Avatar Faith Still says:

    I need to write a giveaway post this week and I need to fill out my son’s preschool application.

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    This is such perfect timing! I have tried off and on for years to be an early riser but always seem to fall ofd the wagon after a few months when ” busy” time comes up and I still get up early but not for me, not to do the quiet things that focus my day. But bribery is a GREAT thought!! Thank you for all of your encouraging words for those of us who see motherhood as our primary profession!!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I have been procrastinating going to sleep so I can actually get up in the morning to be productive! And all that leads to procrastinating everything else on my to do list!

  • Avatar Lori L says:

    I’ve been putting off buying this book. I’ve been looking at it on Amazon.

    Among other various housekeeping duties. Like paring down my kitchen utensils.

  • Avatar Meghan DeHart says:

    Oh my goodness, I would love to win this book. My name is Meghan DeHart and I have been putting off organizing all the papers that come home with my children from school!!

  • Avatar Erica says:

    I procrastinate on exercising, studying , cleaning the house. I need help!

  • Avatar Jessica W says:

    Kat, I love this concept. Never thought about it this way. Going to give bribery a try for sure!! Would love to win Melanie’s book! Been looking forward to reading it.

  • Avatar Karen says:

    Finishing a 10-page paper for my online class. It’s due next week. Sparkly Green Earring would be the perfect read for my spring break the week after that!

  • Avatar Regina says:

    I procrastinate with EVERYTHING!!!!! I guess if I had to pick just one it would be getting caught up on my husbands books. He owns his own bus. & I do all the book keeping. Yikes! Might be important to know our book keeping #’s!!

  • Avatar Rebekah says:

    I have been procrastinating organizing my basement…it is out of control!
    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Avatar Carol White says:

    I almost procrastinated about leaving a comment, but thought that would never do!

    I’ve been procrastinating on making my meal plan! I know. I was a ninja, but now I am a backslidden one. Do I have to return my black belt? Am I mixing martial arts? I’m trying to get my recipes in. I think I’m afraid if this doesn’t work I’m doomed, so I don’t want to know if it doesn’t work….I have a bit of a perfectionist tendency.

    I’ve also been procrastinating with getting things on ebay and craigslist, making a headboard, finishing my scrapbook for 2012 and starting the one for 2013, reading books that are piling up on my Nook and Kindle….

    What aren’t I procrastinating about? Perhaps that would be easier to answer!

    Carol

  • Avatar Daniella Peterka says:

    It’s all I can do to force myself to take care of weekly chores when caring for a 3 year old and 8-month old. I have been procrastinating the deeper chores around the house…dusting- yeah, that’s not a weekly chore unfortunately; mopping, cleaning windowsills and ceiling fans, even cleaning the windows-I’m pretty sure there are smudges still around that are from when my 3-YEAR OLD was an 8-month old!!!) Needing some inspiration! =) Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Avatar Christina says:

    Unfortunately there are too many…ha! but with having 3 kids under the age of 5, I am just happy to get them all dressed and fed during the day! I would say that one major cleaning thing is thoroughly cleaning my kitchen floor. It’s just disgusting right now…

    🙂

  • Avatar Carrie C says:

    Cleaning out my attic….

  • Avatar Loan Nguyen says:

    I’ve been procrastinating on… my to-do list! hahaha! getting some of it done today though, and I’m bribing myself with some fruit gummies 🙂

  • Avatar Joanne Viola says:

    Doing a pile of ironing :((

  • Avatar Tracy says:

    I’ve been putting off cleaning my pantry and mopping my floors. 🙂

  • Avatar Julie Curtis says:

    I’ve been procrastinating cleaning our my kids closets. I just keep stuffing the clothes that don’t fit anymore into the drawers and pray that they will shut!

  • Avatar Angie says:

    Spring cleaning….I’ve pit it off almost a whole year! Gotta get it done soon!!!

  • Avatar Jennifer Carter says:

    O, I’ve been procrastinating alright. Cleaning out closets, selling baby stuff we don’t need anymore, putting away those last few Christmas items that keep appearing OUT OF NOWHERE, and the mopping… o, the mopping….

  • Avatar Juliette says:

    I’ve been putting off exercising but have decided to ‘bribe’ myself w/a special breakfast if I do my exercising: a new smoothie recipe. =)

  • Avatar K. says:

    Goodness. Lots of things put off. Hmmm. I’d say, most pressing – to stop procrastinating PLAYING with my kids and actually DO it. (Even though I often don’t much enjoy the games they play… It’s the moments that count, right????) Just need to stop goofing off and give them more of my time!

  • Avatar Lisa Freeze says:

    I’ve been procrastinating about tackling my boys baby books. My oldest is 7 , have a 3yr old and the baby just turned 1 and I haven’t even started his.

  • Avatar Jill says:

    I’m procrastinating on finishing a thesis, which has been such a burden I’ve carried through a move and into a new job. Praise the One who I can turn to for peace and strength to settle into a greater vision for academic work beyond mere research output!

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Oh my goodness! The list is so long but this is the best idea to get things rolling! Thanks for sharing!

  • Avatar Amy Tilson says:

    My biggest procrastination right now is editing all of our clothes and doing something with all the boy stuff my little guy’s outgrown. That includes toys, too. Oy Vey! Gotta get it done before a move in June.

  • Avatar Bethany says:

    Ive been procrastinating thoroughly organizing my room and of course there’s the kids photo books…which I wonder when theyll ever get done.

  • Avatar Amy Wilson says:

    I’ve been putting off my personal devotion time. 🙁 My one year old has been on a sleeping strike and I just haven’t been able to pull myself out of bed in the morning. But my goal is to change that ASAP, by reading my bible during my pumping breaks at work. I have been dying to get my paws on Melanie’s book!! Thanks for offering a chance to win!

  • Avatar Laura says:

    filing….& cleaning the bathroom!! yuk.

  • Avatar Kelly says:

    Clearing the clutter in a corner of my bedroom, going through a pile of paperwork, cleaning the garage, painting my bedroom, cleaning the bathroom, staining the deck … oh, you only wanted one thing?? 🙂

  • Avatar Julie Reynolds says:

    I’ve been procrastinating on getting down to business preparing for a women’s retreat that I have been asked to teach, and also in getting up early enough to exercise. Winter and I don’t seem to be getting along much!

  • Avatar Erin says:

    I always procrastinate on reading my pharmacy journals … and then the next one comes in and gets added to the pile! A few weeks ago I bribed myself to finish off my backlog – read one article a day, and when I was done I could go spend my Home Goods gift card. Nothing beats a free bribe, and it felt so good to clear that stack off my desk!

  • Avatar Robyn says:

    Getting up early. So much harder than I think it will be–every single day! Also, cleaning up and organizing my craft room. Endless productivity and joy awaits me, if only I take care of it!

  • Avatar Monika says:

    Only one thing?? Oh my, which one should I choose? Maybe the most visible one…the mountain of clean laundry in the hallway that needs folded and keeps growing with every day I procrastinate on folding it.

  • Avatar Tricia from Iowa says:

    I really enjoyed the plan to eat class you lead. I was really procrastinating on meal planning but that really helped a lot. I have been meal planning every week since the class. Things are going well. I try to enter one new recipe (or one recipe of my regular recipes) every week.

    Now I really have been procrastinating reorganizing my home office and craft area. Maybe this incentive will get me started.

  • Avatar Ahume says:

    Always procrastinate when it comes to dusting or yard work.

  • Avatar Andrea says:

    I’m procrastinating tracking my food.

  • Avatar Gay H. says:

    My middle name is procrastination – I procrastinate about EVERYTHING!

  • Avatar Amy C. says:

    I have a bag of clothes sitting in my room (for a few months) waiting to go to Goodwill.

  • Avatar Chrissie V. says:

    Among many things, I’ve been procrastinating doing a budget and making a chore list for my kids, then teaching them to do said chores!

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    Lets see…menu planning, making doctors appointments and doing my tax return!

  • Avatar catie says:

    I have been putting off cleaning our black hole of a storage room…and need motivation!

  • Oh, where do I begin…the pile of laundry in the basement, the unorganized toys crammed in bins, or maybe the Lego disaster in our spare room??!! Ha!! I have a list a mile long that never seems to get done. I claim I need a week without kids and I’d be golden!

  • Avatar Tina Markley says:

    I am procrastinating reading essays that my 10th grade students have written.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    I am procrastinating on getting some financial papers filled out and mailed in to update accounts.

  • Avatar Chelsea says:

    So many things… I’m pregnant and homeschooling my other three kids while helping with wedding prep for my brother, so the housework has been put off, the baby preparations, even the grocery shopping!

  • Avatar beth says:

    I have been putting off many things, the 2 that nag at me the most are emptying out our bonus room and redoing our foundation landscaping.

  • Avatar Judy Cannon says:

    I have been procrastinating entering my last THREE months of entries into my budget…UGH!!!
    Judy

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Clearing off a bunch of short projects which would put away a ton of stuff. I just can’t seem to get to it!

  • Avatar Heather says:

    I am putting off getting up early. I homeschool and it is so tempting to stay in bed until I *have* to get up. . .

  • Avatar Kim S says:

    I need to clean out my pantry. Overwhelming.

  • Avatar Cali says:

    I need to declutter and organize the baby’s room so he can actually sleep in there.

  • Avatar Trisha says:

    I have a pile of baby toys in my living room that need to be moved to the storage closet…doesn’t sound so hard when I type it, but they’ve been an eye sore for a few weeks! Kat, I totally respect your discipline not to cheat when you bribe yourself. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Avatar Tammy E. says:

    I would love to get my girls’ baby books finished.

  • Avatar Kari R. says:

    I’ve been procrastinating on packing. We’re moving next month, and I should start getting little boxes packed here and there; but I’m a perfectionist (oh, how that hurts to see in print!) and I dislike living in limbo – not everything packed neatly in a box, not everything put away it’s place. That said, I know my stress will grow in direct proportion to the longer I wait to start packing and the closer moving day comes. More stress means a harder time being a Nice Mama…so excuse me while I go pack a box.

  • Avatar Jen says:

    Reading…I love to read but have felt so busy that I haven’t been able to just relax and read for so long! I think I need to start in little chunks of time…

  • Avatar Meghan says:

    I am really having a hard time organizing and cleaning my office to the point that it remains clutter-free. It seems to be the overflow room to put things when we need to stash things. Every time I try to organize it, I feel like it just gets cluttered up again.

  • Avatar Larissa says:

    What ONE thing (?!!) have I been procrastinating about getting done?!! LOL! What I haven’t been procrastinating about would generate a more manageable list unfortunately!! … My biggest job though, would have to be going through my room and deciding once and for all what to keep, and what to get rid of – decluttering. When you consider that I am, in fact, sharing my room with my almost-5yo daughter, and that I haven’t actually properly gone through my stuff since I was 8 months pregnant … you can pretty well imagine that I have a LOAD of things to go through. There have been times when I’ve been able to work through select areas … but then time goes by, things get busier, and more things get added to the areas I’ve already worked on … and all the hard work gets lost again. … The other BIG things I tend to procrastinate over would be my uni work – actually getting on top of it before I become too overwhelmed and it all begins to feel too hard – and working on the sewing projects that *have* to be done by a certain (close) time … Oh, and making sure I am on top of my meal prep so I don’t just go for the quick, unhealthy option … I could go on 😉
    Thanks for the suggestion of bribing oneself to get things done. I have a stitching retreat in just over a week, and should really use this as incentive to get on top of a few things 😉 Your post was the reminder that I needed!!

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    I need to go to bed earlier–does bribery work for that??

  • Avatar Meriam says:

    Hi Kat! I love reading your posts and your recommendations. I’ve been procrastinating on decluttering my home. Never thought of bribery to get me going though. Would love to read Melanie’s book. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Avatar Michelle Zang says:

    I purchased a pretty red journal a couple months ago and have been procrastinating about writing that very first entry. I keep thinking I’ll do it before bed but I am always too tired. I need to do it first thing in the morning (before the kids get up).

  • Avatar Beth says:

    Love this! I like to call them rewards, but call them what you want, it’s all the same! Most things we do in life is because of the outcome, and sometimes the outcome needs some extra excitement (sure my bedroom being decorated and painted would be nice but a little extra insentive may help).

    Would I work full time just because I like the work to be done? Or is it because the give me a paycheck? Call it reward, bribe or payment but we all need a little extra push sometimes!

  • Avatar Thankful says:

    I have a very long, intimidating list, actually…we are moving overseas in less than five months. Oh, did I mention I’m 12 weeks pregnant and very sick, too?? 😉 Yeah, I could definitely use some bribery in my life to get me going right now. Thanks so much!!!

  • Avatar Kimberly says:

    I am leaving a comment just to say that I love to read books with fun titles like “sparkly green earrings” but even though I have written many great titles have never written the book to go with. AND I never win these things. . . but here’s to not giving up.;)

  • Avatar Alyson says:

    I would love this book so I can bribe myself to continue advertising for my new business as well as become more consistent with my own personal practice (I’m a concert violinist), and yoga practice.

  • Avatar Jennifer O says:

    I really need to clean out the garage, but the task seems overwhelming.
    I’ve heard so many positive comments on this book; I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Avatar AlyssaZ says:

    Can I confess to procrastinating life?? I have a new baby who has recently decided to fight everything, food, sleep, snuggles. It is so much easier to let life pass in a blur and put everything off until later!

  • Avatar Erin V. says:

    truly cleaning (not just picking up) my house and getting it ready for guests…

  • Avatar Cori says:

    I’ve been putting off making a phone call to a difficult family member even though I know she needs to be loved on…Picking up the phone right now.

  • Avatar Erin says:

    Putting the laundry away after it is folded… ugh! Love your idea!

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    Taxes before we need to file an extension…again!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    I’ve been procrastinating starting the memory book for my daughter’s first Christmas…. just one more thing that makes me a bad mom! 🙂

  • Avatar Jen says:

    I *want* to get some sewing done. In particular, a Hello Kitty dress that I’ve been “working” on for my 3 year old, for quite some time now.

  • Avatar Becky says:

    I *want* to get my whole house clean. as in be able to use my guest/sewing room as a guest/sewing room instead of my catch all room. I have been getting rid of things that are not used often and want to actually do it more. Its hard to get the house clean, take care of the 2 kids, AND be a happy loving wife all at the same time. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I’ve been procrastinating finishing my son’s baby book (he’s 3) and now he has a little brother. Oy! 🙂

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    Going to bed early to have my morning quiet time with God 🙁

  • Avatar Danielle says:

    I put off most things…but right now I am putting off folding the two loads of laundry sitting in my room!

  • Avatar erin says:

    I’ve been putting off cleaning the floors. I know, it’s terrible, but it seems like the minute I sweep and mop them, they’re dirty again. Sometimes I wonder what the point is!

  • Avatar Sue Speir says:

    Finishing a scarf I have been knitting forever!

  • Avatar jordan says:

    what have I not been procrastinating on!? Procrastination is something I’ve been struggling with FOREVER!!! Some of the major things that I procrastinate on are:
    1. My email… I check my email everyday, I am on it constantly… but for some reason I can never get it done to 0 un-read messages. Right now I have 321, seriously?
    2. Homework… I’ve gotten better at it, now that I have about 5 classes. over the winter session I had only 1 class and the homework was due Sunday night at midnight, yep I would start it on Sunday morning.
    3. Laundry… I don’t wash my laundry until I run out of work shirts… hmm which reminds me that I better go check to make sure I have one for tomorrow.
    4. Getting my room all clean, perfect, and organized…. I love to organize and rearrange my room. I get all motivated to do it get about half way done, then tell myself I’ll get back to it tomorrow…. (p.s. that was 4 days ago)

  • Avatar Laura says:

    I’m the worlds worst procrastinator! I just now read this email. I put off everything until the very last minute. I didn’t finish my sons Christmas stockings until they were almost 7. One of them I haven’t even completely finished! I have a ton of books to read and I love to read. I just always feel there are things to do and I ‘have’ to do them before I do anything else. I just want the world to stop for just a few minutes so I can catch up!

  • Avatar Reagan says:

    I have been putting off deep-cleaning my apartment! It is a HUGE mess!

  • Avatar Bridget K says:

    Getting my annual mammo. I called today and got in to.day.~! Yay me, yay girls.

  • Avatar Deanna says:

    I need to clean the pantry! It is pretty bad right now.

  • I really need to get the onions in the garden but it’s too cold for me!!!!

  • Avatar Keri vaught says:

    I need to decluttering my closets. They have been seeping into the other areas of my house!

  • Avatar Ann says:

    I’ve been putting off making a rag quilt. I had fun collecting old jeans and denim what-nots to cut up for this project. Yes. There it is sitting waiting for me to begin. I also have been putting off learning how to use Quickbooks. I hate learning new software, but it is a necessary evil for my business and my husband’s sanity.

  • Avatar Ellen says:

    I procrastinate going to the Y every. single. day! It’s a matter of just putting on my shoes and grabbing my keys – how is this so hard?!

  • Avatar Deborah says:

    Where to even start?! Ugh.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    i’ve been putting off repainting the bathroom and some touchups in the kitchen for oh, a year or more. yikes.

  • Avatar Rochelle says:

    With baby #4 coming in 3 months, I desperately need to go thru all the totes of clothing and simplify/purge in preparation. We need to make space too, as our family is a bit crowded in our home. Seems like I put off doing it b/c the other 3 need my attention, and there are so many other things on my to-do list.

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    I have been procrastinating on purging our home. Our lives would probably be much more simple if I purged half the stuff in our home!

  • Avatar Annie says:

    Clean up paperwork, de-clutter, and simplify… AGH, just writing about it stresses me out…

  • Avatar Tara says:

    Clean my office!

  • Avatar Jill says:

    journal in our 2012 family album

  • Avatar Emily Laturell says:

    Getting back in shape since my sweet baby was born…in September! Time to get moving!