Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Getting Things Done


Oh, my God. I don’t want to do ____. I want to just____. You fill in the blanks.

How many times have you said this to yourself? Once in a great while? Once a month? Once a week? Every day?

I admit I've said I don’t want to at least once a month, and no, it's not concerning cleaning the bathroom. Something pressing (we’ll call something IT)... IT always comes up and for some unknown reason I’m the only one in the universe that can handle IT. IT pulls me away from what I really long to do, like write, read or spend time with my family. IT can and will ruin your day, if you let it.

I don’t like days that are unproductive. I’m not talking about lazy days. They’re productive in their own way—recharging your body and soul. I’m talking about those days where it seems you get nothing done because if IT, including IT. So how do I make sure IT doesn't ruin my day?

I’m a big list person. Not the biggest. There are days I get wild and wing it. But most days, I will sit down and write a list of things I want to accomplish. I’m realistic in making the list. I know my limits. Most days there is maybe five or six wants-to-get-done. And if IT shows up, guess where IT goes? Right. At the top of the list.

I face IT head on, even though IT might be huge and ugly, and in bold letters IT is the first item of the day. I rolled up my sleeves and tackle IT first. When IT is done and out of the way, my energy level always seems to skyrocket and I whiz through the rest of the items on my list.

(WARNING LABEL) If IT is so big and can’t be accomplished one day, that’s okay. You know it up-front. IT might be the only thing on your list for a day or several. BUT, when IT is finally done. It’s done and you can focus on what you really want to do.

IT’s all about attitude.

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  1. Oh! Brother! I battle Scarlett O'Hara syndrome every day. You know-Fiddly-dee-dee I'll just think about that tomorrow. If I don't do things I'm supposed to do I'm miserable. I have stickies on my computer -you have to do this today. Some days I'm not allowed on the internet. It's my big time sucker. Other days I get so much time every hour to check email etc. Occasionally I get a real treat and spend the day cruising blogs and sites I enjoy.

  2. Thanks for stopping by today, Rita. WINK. I can't stay off line. How do you resist the urge to connect with the world? Please tell me.