What About My To Do List?

Dear FlyLady,

I really appreciate all of the FlyLady advice on setting up routines so I can get my everyday tasks done (the tasks that have to be done everyday or every week or every month).

My question is – do you have advice on how to get the one-time tasks done? Tasks like putting photos in frames, fill out financial forms, research new car batteries, measure for new curtains, etc. My To-Do list is way too long and it’s full of tasks that only need to be done once.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Lisa in IN

Dear Lisa,

We all have these things that need to be done. The countdown to Christmas is here. We have lots of things that need to be done. Putting them off creates stress in our lives. In order to relieve the stress, I like to make a full list of what needs to be done. Sit down with a cup of something warm and comforting and just write things down. Number the list and start playing FlyLady Bingo. You can cut the list up and put in a bowl or roll a dice or two dice. Robert made me some wood tiles that I numbered 1-12. I pick out a number and do that item.

When you look at your list, most of the things only take a few minutes. This is why we set up Anti-Procrastination Day. This is the day we can get some of those things checked off our list. Most of the time it is Wednesday!

Any day can be Anti-Procrastination Day if you set your timer. Set a goal of checking three items off your list in one hour. Set your timer for 15 minutes and just pick one thing on your list. Let’s choose that Car Battery one: You will need the make and model of your car. Then, pick up the phone and call your local Advance Auto Parts store or one that you have local. They are always helpful. This will take you 5 minutes. After you have done three of them, celebrate!

Another way to check some things off your To-Do list is to put some tasks in a hat and choose one task a day. To move through your list quicker, choose a new task each hour.

Last year we had a testimonial from one member who did one thing on her Procrastination To Do List each day during the lenten season. She did forty days of Anti-Procrastination. I love this idea! To sacrifice something you love and to add a new habit.

Now, you can’t frame those pictures if you don’t have the frames in your home. So instead of breaking the bank by going to purchases lots of new frames, think about recycling some that you already have by putting new pictures in them. Also, are the pictures even printed out yet? There are lots of steps to framing a picture and we can let our perfectionism stop us before we ever start.

Pick just one picture you want to frame and not 50! You can focus on the one and get it done.

The reason you are having trouble getting things checked off your Procrastination To Do List is because it is too big. Break the list down into groups of 5. Put them on your calendar! One each day. We can easily do one a day.

Put the full list in your Control Journal and check them off as you do them. Just don’t get overwhelmed by the full list. Eventually with your consistency of doing one a day, you will get them all done! Celebrate each accomplishment!

If you make it fun, it will get done!


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