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February 29, 2008

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Bethany

I read this and immediately related it to cleaning up before we have visitors. At some point I realized I would get so stressed out cleaning up the house whenever anyone came to visit. I decided that I didn't need that stress. We are all human, it is okay if people see my mess. It might even make them feel better about themselves to know they aren't the only ones who don't live in a showroom. Anyway, soon after I made that decision I realized that I still had a natural motivation to tidy up a bit... but without all the stress. So now I just "ride the wave." I love that the motivation is natural and that I can just quit when I feel like it or when the doorbell rings.

Zann Carter

This is what happens to me, and seems related to what you are describing here:

I often actively participate in and help organize group events: social action demonstrations, creative workshops, small group spiritual gatherings. I do a pretty good job of planning, preparing and being ready to go when it's time.

However, I have come to expect a last-minute spurt of creative energy, one or more great ideas that have me scurrying around to implement them in the last minutes before I must leave. Often these things are some of the best I bring to the event.

But sometimes there just isn't enough time to fully realize the last-minute vision. Or I'm left feeling rushed and stressed by the effort to add them in.

I've been thinking about this phenomena lately myself. I'm trying to figure out how to invite the inspiration storm to hit a little earlier than 20-30 minutes before I have to leave!

Jay, writer Memberspeed.com

It's different strokes for different folks, I suppose. Sometimes, this completion chemistry works for me. Other times, I would rather have all the time to prepare in the world. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I end up producing half-baked attempts when a task is left alone for too long.

Charity

I do this all the time! That is actually how I get many tasks done; simply because there is something I am looking for and when I am searching, I am mentally 'organizing' the space and once I find what I am looking for, I am motivated to actually organize that spot so that it's easier to find things later.

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