Sometimes You Just have To Do It
Most of us are aware that incomplete tasks suck our energy. They are lingering over us, and we kind of know we should be doing something about them, but in the end they are just not that important to ever make it a top priority for any given day. We have been moving them from one week to the next to the next, first with the best intention to get them done but after a while more because we know that someday it is something that we want to do and we don’t want to loose the task.
Personally I use some time on Saturdays to plan for the next week and get some of the projects done that I just don’t have the time to do during a busy work week.
I always set my goals for the upcoming week and plan out as much as I can when I am going to do what. I also use the time to think through projects and come up with specific actions so that during the week I can just follow the plan, without always having to have the bigger picture in mind.
In the beginning, when I started my disciplines of having a Master Action list and daily To-Do-Lists I often moved action items for several weeks from one day to the next.
Now, when I realize that there are things that I want to do which are kind of important, but yet still never make it to the top priority list of my day, I take a different approach.
Instead of sitting down on a Saturday and go into my usual planning mode, I roll up my sleeves and get those things done BEFORE I plan out my next week.
And either one of three things happen. Either I complete the task, get to check it off my to do list and feel good about it. Or, once I am really engaged in it and I get a completely different perspective on it which then helps me plan for more accurate next steps.
But most of the time what happens is that a lot of energy gets freed up. I have more clarity and my mind is able to focus better. Even though I don’t understand exactly how it all works, but by completing a task that I have been wanting to do for a while, I am creating space in my mind for new clarity and creativity.
So next weekend, or whenever you plan out your next week, don’t push that task down another week, just get it done and see what happens. In always all circumstances the benefits of completing that task will affect many more areas. Let me know what you are discovering for yourself.