Like food hidden behind larger fresher items – back of my fridge – neither getting better or tastier as they ‘mature’ beyond ‘ripe and ready’ into something rotted, past being useful, no fun to touch.
We all have ‘items’ taking up residence at the back (or under) of to-do piles, we`re struggling to stroke them off our to-do lists.
Like moldy shriveling food on third shelves down – behind whatever blocks our view or promptness – they rest there, wanting attention and not getting it. Needing ‘done’ but ignored. Every day has the same amount of time in it, so why can’t we make sure every opportunity gets front-burner attention before it spoils.
But what about ‘things to do’ which seem important and relevant? How do I get rid of those without actually doing what has to be done, completing what I’ve been avoiding or putting off?
My struggle for solution is not a well filled trash can (though more has been landing there lately) but rather the ‘sense of completion and closure’ has never risen high enough or stayed long enough within my attention span to get ‘finish it Mark’ resolve. It’s too easy to rationalize that there isn’t enough time today, too many other things competing to get done.
I thought it was innocent enough – in my database calendar, I put in a daily recurring item, ‘complete something I’ve been putting off’. Now it’s ominous. Not to say I actually do that every day, but it got me thinking about it every day. Every freaking day!