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Tackle The Little Things Day. Everyday tip #73

I was scanning this book (it was sent to me by the publisher, but this isn't a review because I haven't read it) and when I read this line,the skies parted and the angels sang.
Regardless of the size or scope of the tasks to be completed, unfinished business causes constant stress and distraction.

I know, this is ridiculously and incredibly obvious, but I've been so stressed lately and I didn't know why. It took that line to make me realize that I'm not overwhelmed by any major projects, but I'm overwhelmed by all the little unfinished tasks that keep nagging at me. All these little things are robbing me of my energy, which is in particularly short order this week (thank you, Daylight Savings Time!).

So I took action. I made a list of all the little things that have been nagging at me. I won't share it, because the things are so little as to be pathetic*, but I wrote every little one of them down, and I have designated the next 24 hours as Tackle The Little Things Day.

My goal is to scratch as many of those little to-do items off my list as I can. It's a little competition I'm having with myself, and no matter what happens, I win.

*Oh, OK...I'll share ONE. Number 1 is "get a bang trim" -- see what I mean about it being little things? All I had to do was call the salon and schedule it. I've been meaning to do this for two weeks. Two weeks that I have lived with bangs in my eyes. Two wasted weeks where, whenever I had a moment to myself, the first thought that came to mind was "I need to get my bangs cut." That's sad. Let's be honest, that's pathetic. All it took was a 2 minute phone call. And as of this friday, the hair will be out of my eyes. I like this tip already.

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I have had an electronic task list ever since PDA's came out - and I can not live without my list! It's a list that I've created and transferred from device to device over the years. I used to write them down in my day planner but not only are those planners bulky, they don't have the "Recurrence" feature. Just this past year I went from my Outlook Task List to Astrid so that it was compatible with my phone. I can not tell you what a help it is to have annual/monthly/daily tasks that write themselves. I put EVERYTHING on it. It's a complete mind dump and it's awesome! I have everything from Chores, to Seasonal Festivities to Gardening. Every year for Christmas or a child's birthday, everything I need to do is there. And it's SO gratifying to check it off. I even put "Make bed" on there with a daily recurrence, because if I can't get anything done, at least if I do that, my room looks ten times better and I get to mark it off the list. I keep my phone beside my bed, so at night, if I think of something, I type it in, and then it's out of my mind. It IS the little things so maybe you might want to try something like Astrid. I actually booked a hair appt today too, partly so I could check it off my list. I can't imagine life without it!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonja von Franck

Crazy. I had the same thought on waking this morning...."what if I just hunker down and blast through that pesky list?" I've been listening to Julia Cameron's Walking in This World on audible, and she discusses how all those unfinished tasks get in the way of us being able to move forward creatively, subtly undermining our energy and confidence. She also emphasizes that it's the little, concrete tasks that can give us a huge boost upon completion, and signal to the universe that we're ready for fresh input.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKyran

[...] I finally got my bangs cut, and I love them! No more hair in my face! One more thing to cross off the to do list! [...]

It was difficult to make adjustments. Time management and setting up priorities. Life seems stressful, so now i just enjoy little things in life which contributes to my happiness.

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July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeena David

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