We all have a list of stuff to do. And if you’re like… oh… everyone else in the world, you probably don’t get all of your to-do’s done in the day. Some get done and some don’t. I’m like that. I imagine you might be like that too.
So we end up with new daily activities the next day but we also carry-over activities from the day(s) before.
Some of those tasks get done shortly — if only a day or two after being carried over.
But you probably have one or more tasks on your to-do list right now that are old. Maybe a couple of days old. Maybe a couple of weeks old.
Guess what. You don’t want to do that task. For whatever reason, you’ve stared at that task. You’ve carried it over day by day by day by day. Every day it was an option to do and every day you chose not to do it.
Frankly, you’re lying to yourself every single time you write that to-do onto your list. You’re tricking yourself every day into thinking that something will change. It won’t.
Hey, I’m not judging you. That happens to me ALL THE TIME.
We make time for the things that are important to us. Why is that task not important to you?
Maybe you tell yourself that the task is important (after all, you are carrying that task forward every day) but you aren’t starting it for some reason. Perhaps the task seems too big for the time you have available? Perhaps you’re not exactly sure how to start? Perhaps you’re waiting on something from someone else?
You don’t realize it but those really old carry-forward tasks can weigh you down. So deal with it right now.
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW
Today is Friday and it’s just past the middle of January. We’re near the start of a new year and why should we keep lying to ourselves? That task, as it stands now, is not going to get done… is it?
So here’s what I want you to do. (Don’t worry, I’m doing the same thing). Deal with that task right now.
Do 1 of the following 2 things:
- Cross it off your list. I put this first because apparently the task hasn’t been important enough to do or you would have done it already. So cross it off your list and see what happens. Does the world end? Likely not.
- Work on it for 15 minutes. Take time right now, for the next 15 minutes, to work on this. I don’t care what you do but set your timer and sit down and work on it. Don’t screw around. Don’t start after supper. Do it now. Fifteen minutes isn’t that long but I think you will be surprised at how much you can do in that time. And you might have to carry it over to tomorrow but you’ll have started on it and you’ll carry it over with a greater sense of clarity and purpose… and the renewed promise that it will be crossed off your list soon!
C’mon. Do it now. You’re reading this blog post and thinking about a specific task. So deal with it!