Inspired by Mizunogirl’s post on procrastination, I decided to change my approach to my to-do list. I’m very good at making lists, but not so good at getting through them. I’ve always taken the approach of easiest first and I almost inevitably run out of motivation by the time I get to the harder tasks. So, today, I made two columns for my to-do list, one for difficult tasks and one for easier tasks. The difficult tasks were inevitably the ones that cause me most anxiety. They include the important-for-my-life but not-essential-for-survival tasks, things I am unfairly obligated to do, and an endless list of cleaning and decluttering jobs around the house. The idea is to tackle these difficult things before I do the tedious but easy ones, like washing dishes, or the fun but time-consuming ones, like cooking new recipes. I can’t call today a resounding success because it took me until early evening to confront the top item on my “difficult” list, but I did get it done. And I feel so much better. It has been on my list for days. I feel like a weight has lifted. Now I just need to remember this feeling, so when I am next confronted by such a task, I will avoid the temptation of procrastinating.
Mani’s philosophy on procrastination:
Ping’s philosophy on procrastination:
Chun’s philosophy on procrastination:
Yes, my mighty and merciless hunter just caught another mouse. If I approached my to-do list with the same determination and excitement he approaches his poor mousies, I think I would be a lot better off.