It was a jam-packed weekend: Good things. Fun things. Sunburned things.
It was also the weekend I planned to tackle my To-do List. Life has been busier lately, and the oft-neglected LIST was growing.
So, Sunday afternoon, when things finally started to bubble along at a more relaxed pace, I took out my monstrous list, uncapped my handy red pen, and then—
promptly shoved them back into the junk drawer.
Instead, I found a sweet spot in the shade (“Sunburned things,” remember?), and read, and read, and read. It was positively spa-like. Only in place of fruit smoothies and Enya, we had hotdogs and the Masters. So, same/same.
When I once again pulled out paper and pen later that night, it wasn’t to attack the list, but to write down new story ideas that had seeped into the cracks which were no longer preoccupied with have-to’s and must-do’s. I slept soundly. I dreamed deeply.
This morning I started a new list. Item #1 says, Write new To-do list, and it already has a big, red, fat check mark. I feel accomplished, I tell you.
Oh, and so far there’s no Item #2. We’ll see what the day brings.
The old list was ridiculous — its length assured its failure. I remember the important things, anyway. And as for all of that other stuff which somehow crowded onto the lines? Well, I imagine those tasks will present themselves again, if necessary. Most likely there will even be a special messenger for the job; “Mom, did you ever buy that copy paper?!”
The point is, it will all eventually get done.
It’s true that sometimes Mondays need to be dominated. But other times, they need to be slipped on like those skinny jeans hidden in the back of your closet; One wiggle, one shimmy (one check mark) at a time.
This post was part of Get Inspired Monday! — a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places.
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