This is the way to do it and get it done fast

If you hate grocery shopping here’s a wonderful plan for you to get your marketing done in a snap, while avoiding crowds of annoying, inconsiderate people-in-general who are at the store for entertainment.

First, write up your grocery list, and commit to sticking to that list.  Organize your coupons, if you are using them, so that you have them ready to hand to the cashier.

Then, go to your chosen market, carefully timing your visit so that you enter the store exactly 20 minutes prior to closing time.  You’ll find that closing time thins out the herd of shoppers quite nicely, but keep in mind that you don’t have any time to dawdle.  This is where it gets sticky:  You MUST act quickly, finding the items on your list efficiently and getting checked out, packed up and out of the store in a timely fashion, in order to avoid putting out the employees who work there.  Remember that they too are also trying to make it home in a reasonable amount of time, and after spending the entire day at work, they most likely hate people-in-general, just like you.  Don’t add to their sorrow by being obtuse.

Sunday night, I made my way through an 11-item list at Target in 15 minutes.  That’s from the time I walked through the doors and selected my cart, to the moment I exited the check-out lane with bags in hand.  I’m stunned and pleased!  Like many procrastinators, I  function more efficiently under the looming menace of a deadline.  Here in the adult world, however, we sometimes have to make our own deadlines, and shopping prior to closing is a handy way to do just that.

Please note that I did NOT say that I “work better under pressure.”  Although many procrastinators insist that waiting until the last minute to start a project helps them work better, this is NOT true in my case.  And it’s only taken me 40 years to acknowledge that fully!  Yay, me!

I can honestly say that I find it easier to focus and work effectively under a deadline, either one that is real and truly looming, or one that is less-critical which I’ve constructed myself.  The truth is that whatever I do, I do it better when I allow enough time to plan and execute the work carefully, and when I can motivate myself to BEGIN the work ahead of that deadline, working consistently and steadily to a timely completion.

But alas.  And alack.  I are a procrastinator, from way, way back.  When I was maybe 10 years old, my mother said to me “You are a procrastinator.”  I asked her “What does THAT mean?”  She replied “Go look it up.” And I told her “I’ll do it later.”  No lie.  She thought that was quite funny and shared that story with EVERYONE for years and years. 

And sadly, that’s been the fable of my life-to-date.  “I’ll do it later” has interfered with many things I’d like to do (and get done), so I’m going to try not to say it any longer.  Hopefully I’ll accomplish something worthwhile in my lifetime.

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