Monday, June 21, 2010
Do One Thing
I seem to be behind on everything at the moment. My sewing room/office is a mess, there is mending to be done and sewing projects not finished. Not to mention cluttery corners which are taunting me.
I have things at work that have been on my to-do list for so long and they directly affect our business, so it’s not good enough that I haven’t done them. Why? I don’t know. Sometimes I’m such a procrastinator. When there are simply so many different jobs/chores/errands to do both at work and at home, often the only course of action is to do nothing. I’m frozen!
Yesterday I thought, I’ll do one thing. I’ll do one piece of mending this afternoon. Not the whole pile, just one. Small bites eat the elephant they say. There’s something to be said for clearing one particular area of jobs, but at the moment ‘do one thing’ is going to be my mantra.
Another behaviour that hasn’t served me well is ‘I don’t have time to do that now, I’ll mend/file/clean it later’ and put it on a pile. Not the right answer! If something won’t take long, I’d do better to tackle it at the time. Otherwise I am doublehandling (and the teetering pile grows bigger).
At work I will also do a series of ‘one things’ within bigger jobs. One step at a time.
Sometimes I really do feel like I’m learning life lessons all over again. All these things I already know, but still haven’t put into practice. Better late than never though, and perhaps stepping through life requires constant reminders.
Sometimes a feel like a failure at Living Well because I have to constantly pull myself up and give myself a talking to. But maybe that's the way humans are. We constantly look for the easy and no-effort way.