Do you write lists, then tick off all the easy tasks first? Do you add things to your lists that you’ve already completed, just for the satisfaction of scoring them out? Do you avoid the difficult jobs, leaving them until your deadline is not just looming but hanging over your head?
All of this, and more.
I give myself a hard time about it, feeling that somehow I’m failing. That I’m procrastinating, not doing. That I’m avoiding, not achieving.
But, I’ve realised recently that ticking off all those easy tasks actually amounts to achieving A LOT.
That by making a start, I’m making progress.
That it doesn’t really matter where I begin, the important thing is that I begin.
Begin anywhere. John Cage
Most of the time I feel completely overwhelmed by all that I need to do. Kids, school, activities, house, life. My to-do list is never-ending. Two things added for every one ticked off. And the difficult tasks always left to last.
Over the last few months I have been keeping track of my entire life via list.
Whether it’s a daily task that I always forget (…take my Vitamin D), a weekly activity that I need to remember (…clarinet, library books), a one off (…evites, permission slips) or an ongoing activity (…decluttering!): it’s all on a list.
I have focused on simply ticking things off. It doesn’t matter what, something is better than nothing.
And I feel, BETTER.
I still have a mountain to climb (…hello blog emails), and I still feel pretty overwhelmed, but I can just about see the top now. Or at least, I know the top exists. It’s no longer lost in the clouds.
And those difficult tasks? I’m dealing with them the only way I can. One at a time.
It’s all good.
Months ago I was tagged by a wonderful writer, who blogs over at My Degrees of Separation, in the three day quote challenge. I am monumentally bad at responding to tags – add them to the deadline-hanging list! – but I generally get round to them eventually, especially if it’s one that has sparked my interest and inspired me to think. This is Day One in that challenge.
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