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Take charge of your to-do list

take charge of todo list

We’re just going to keep this one pretty simple today. Because the truth is I could talk a lot about it, but it really isn’t necessary. I’m as guilty as the next person and too much talking would make me sound like I’ve got it figured out or something.

And I haven’t.

Do you find that your days seem shorter and your list of things aren’t getting checked off?

You know, that to-do list that keeps recycling certain things over into tomorrow? And then the next day…

Like that basket of laundry still sitting in the laundry room waiting to get put into closets and drawers? Or the dishwasher full of clean dishes waiting to be put away? Or maybe a phone call you’ve been putting off for…years? Or a relationship that’s severed and you don’t really want it to be but there’s this pesky little thing called pride that took up residence? Uh-huh.

But….busy. Right?

And if we’re honest we’d rather do something else. Anything else. 

Sitting on our computer and numbing out on social media, or zoning into the television seem so much more alluring. Isolating in our hobbies or habits so much more safe.

If I were to hazard a guess you’re tired. Tired of waiting, sitting, staring, hoping, doing nothing.

About the things.

And I know because I do it too. I’d much rather sit at my desk and type on these keys than put my laundry away. I’d rather do almost anything than that.

And when it comes to other people and emotions and talking and sharing and working through the hard things? Well. That’s just hard.

But I know that every time I make the decision to do it – to do the things I least want to do – I feel such a sense of accomplishment. Of pride in doing the next right thing.

Even if it doesn’t end the way I thought it would or the way that I desired, I know I did my part. The thing I hate the most to do. Done. The conversation I needed to have. Started.

A friend of mine calls it eating the frog {in fact there’s a book written by the same name!}. The moral is this: if you knew you had to eat a frog you’d be best off just getting it over with, instead of thinking about it all day long. The same is true of our to do lists. The things weighing on our heart.

The hardest thing is usually the thing we procrastinate the longest. And we carry the burden with us for days and weeks and sometimes a lifetime.

It slows us down in regard to everything else.

Today’s Challenge: Do the thing you most hate to do, the thing you’ve been procrastinating doing, today. This morning. You heard me – EAT THE DARN FROG! And then get on with the rest. Gift yourself with a little freedom. Big or small; take something you’ve been carrying, denying or procrastinating…and do it! No matter the outcome, all you have to do is your part. Then let it go. 

This is day 20 of our Revolt Against Busy Challenge! You can sign up and find the homepage and everything you’ve missed right {here}.

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  • Trish October 25, 2014, 10:16 pm

    I really need the read the book about eating the frog! I am definitely guilty of avoiding the big projects I don’t want to do.

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