Timing is Everything

Why is it that more tasks seem to get done when you have less time to do them?  Last week, I had all weekend free, and yet I barely did more than turn the compost and a little bit of weeding.  Granted, both chores needed to be done, especially the weeding, but I should have done so much more.

Then you have weeks like this one.  My plan to get home a little earlier worked, but at this time of year that still only leaves me an hour or so of daylight.  Despite that handicap, I still managed to get a lot done.

I did not leave school as early as I had hoped on Monday (big surprise), but I managed to prep the coldframe, plant some winter lettuce, and wash the plexiglass frames.  That last part took a lot longer than I had thought it would — an entire summer’s worth of grime is hard to scrub off.

Surprisingly, I was also able to leave early on Tuesday, so I finally cut out the heather and created a bed for the oregano.  It was about time, too.  As happy as it had looked in the pots, the oregano was hopelessly rootbound.  I had to slice through each root ball with shears before the plants could be put in the ground.  It was definitely twilight when I finished, but it got done.

Somehow, these two tasks that only took about an hour of my time each had been put off month after month.  Do I really need to limit my time in order to get more done, or is that the only time I let myself focus on the smaller projects?

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2 Responses to Timing is Everything

  1. Jeff Z says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I can relate. I stood next to a mulch pile and talked to a neighbor for an hour or so while holding a pitchfork on Sunday. I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, but building some trust with the neighbor was one of those less tangible accomplishments.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog and thanks for linking too. I’ll post a link to rainydaygardening at eighth acre farm. Hope you keep blogging through the winter too! That’s when I need it most- pictures of other people’s gardens sustain me through the long Minnesota winter.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      I’m planning on keeping my blog open during the winter, but we’ll see how it goes. Since I just started this thing up, I’m not sure how much there will be to write about once the winter storms hit.

      One thing’s for sure, though, just by having this blog, I am more focused on my garden. I know that if I am writing about it, I should probably be working in it as well. 🙂

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