Thursday, July 25, 2024

Procrastinate, but Not Now!

Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will — tomorrow! –Gloria Pitzer

I’ve been putting off writing this article because it seemed too hard to write about something I seem to have no control over. I’m actually writing it 5 days before deadline and don’t really understand why it has me concerned. If it were easy, it would be done though, and I wouldn’t be thinking about it now.

The things I’ve done instead of writing an article about my worst habit have been dull, tedious, slow and irritating. But I’ve preferred them all to writing about procrastination! Why do we torture ourselves over some things by delaying them like this? In order to avoid putting my own thoughts to the keyboard I went to the dictionary to look up the word.

procrastinate Pro*cras”ti*nate, v. i. To delay; to be dilatory

Dilatory huh? Guess I better look that up too.

dilatory Dil”a*to*ry, Marked by procrastination or delay; tardy; slow; sluggish

I guess I knew that, but what can one say about something that can’t be helped. I feel as though I’m chained by dread of action. If I get started now, that churning in my stomach and slight twitch in my brow will turn to nausea and a serious headache.

“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.” — George H. Lonmer

That’s it, I’ll go look up some quotes on procrastination! That will be forward motion and actually move me toward knowing what others have thought and said about being dilatory. Cool! Off to Google, my favorite search engine, to find some procrastination quotes.

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt

At least I’m doing something! But I guess if I really look at it, what I wanted to do was to go to ListBot and retrieve my ezine archives before they shut it down on August 20. Did I say that I “wanted” to do that? No, I can’t stand the thought of the slow, tedious cutting and pasting of all my archived newsletters to my own ezine archive.

“How soon not now becomes never.” — Martin Luther

Here’s how you do it folks. Log in, click the link that says, “View Archive” click on your first ezine issue in the list, and then go to your browser menu and choose “View Page Source” from the “Edit” menu. Scroll down past all the stuff on the page until you reach the HTML tag marked and select everything until you reach the tag. Now choose “Copy” from the “Edit” menu in your browser.

Go to your HTML editor or word processing program and paste all of that selection into a fresh document and save it as “archive01.htm”. Now to your next issue in the archive and do the same thing over and over and over again until you’re done. It took me about 4 days of this before I had my entire ezine archive from ListBot copied and uploaded to my own site for safekeeping.

I’ve always known that archiving my own newsletter would help increase search engine ranking and relevance for my web site. I just put it off for so long that it took four days to do what could have been done weekly and taken five minutes a week for the last two-and-one-half years! OW! My achin’ shoulders! Carpal Tunnel has my wrists throbbing!

I think MSN bCentral is gonna have a bunch of really angry former ListBot members steamin’ mad this month, when …

“AUG. 20, 2001 — The ListBot service will be turned off completely. All ListBot servers will be shut down and all data will be unavailable. Please retrieve any information you need before this date, since it will be inaccessible from this date on.”

Don’t forget to get your subscriber lists while you are there. ListBot instructions for that task are as follows:

To download your lists, click on “View Members” in the ListBot control center. Then click on “Download All” or “Download Demographics” to download your list subscribers. If you have problems with this process during peak times, please try again during off-peak hours.

I’m pretty well peaked right now! Damn! I’ll never use free services again as long as I live! I swear I won’t! I just don’t want to go through this again. HMMMM well, there’s the free email account, the free calendar service, the free messaging service, the free bill paying service, the free …

Doug Edge serves as Vice President of Rumba Direct Inc. (http://www.rumbadirect.com) a top 100 Direct Marketing Agency. Rumba focuses on one-to-one relationship marketing through web, email, mail and phone. Doug has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Ball State University teaching Radio and TV script writing in the Telecommunications department. Doug can be reached at dedge@rumbadirect.com

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