Did you ever start a project (maybe one youíve been putting off for a very long time) and then wish you hadnít, because there wasnít enough time to finish it? Thatís the situation I found myself in yesterday, and then again today, on two completely different projects. I must have been out of my mind to get so deep into anything on the eve of my audit.
Let me start with a confession. Iím not much for filing. There has been a growing pile of paid invoices on the corner of my counter for more than two years, waiting for me to get the time (and, more importantly, the ambition) to put them in their proper files. Iím not kidding. At the bottom of the pile were invoices from 2004 (along with photos from the cruise, also from 2004).
I turned the pile upside down so I could start at the bottom, with the oldest. First I separated the invoices by supplier into broad alphabetical categories, A through E, F through J, etc. This might seem like an extra step, but I was working with limited space. If I wanted to sit while I was doing it, I had to use my dining table, and I had room for no more than half a dozen piles at a time.
That precaution didnít keep me from getting my back bent out of shape. I was aching by the time I got to the end of the day, with the job about a third of the way done. I managed to get far enough that I could make one big crisscross pile out of all the little piles, so that I could get back to them on another day, when I had more time. Putting off work, now that comes more naturally to me than buckling down and doing it.