Whether Mercury is in retrograde or some such shit, I have tackled the new year with a sense of gusto and immediacy and have crossed off some long-held items on THE LIST. Now being a reasonably organised person, I have a number of lists that I deal with on any given day. I have the diary that has appointments and notes and various to-do’s on it, backed up with the calendar on the wall. There’s the weekly Kikki K thing that I got for work related stuff and then another daily planner checklist. Too much? Never!
But there is another list, a longer, more permanent and annoying list that sits there, for YEARS in fact, taunting me with things that need to get done, but are not essential, life threatening if they don’t get done. My list has looked a little like this:
- Hot water system out in Rob’s office to be fixed
- Garage cleaned out & organised
- Organise skip bin
- Girls to dentist for check up
- Pap smear and general lady service for myself
- Skin cancer check up
- Eyes tested
- Cars x 2 service
- Hedges to be done
- Enrol girls into High School
And so on and so forth. Some of these things have been there for over a year, maybe even 2. Yep. And there they sit, moved onto the next list when I get sick of looking at the old list, just sitting there, making me feel bad with all its incompleteness.
But over the past few months? I have been ticking off the list! Nay, CHURNING through the list! In fact on the list above there are just 2 that sit there now. And I cannot begin to tell you just how good it feels! To tackle something that has annoyed you (not only because it hasn’t been done) but for its mere presence on your list, is something worth trying. Yesterday I got my eyes checked and forked out a whole lot of cash for not one but 2 pairs of glasses (because apparently I am now senior and require glasses to drive in as well so I own PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES). I’ve had the over due lady service (I know that is naughty), and the piece de resistance….the garage!
The garage has been troubling me for, oh let’s see, ALMOST 4 YEARS. Yep. We moved in and all the boxes that I could not be bothered to deal with were moved in there, stacked against a wall to rot in the cold and dust. We then managed to collate enough cardboard boxes to store an entire supermarket in…tossed in with gar abandon as well as empty pots and broken bits and all of the THINGS that I didn’t want to deal with. Things got so bad in there that Rob even said to me that we needed to sort it out…and THAT is saying something. Yes, it’s true, I was living in a hoarders filth pit. ME! But no more. Shelves were purchased from Bunnings, I emptied every single box and threw out old cots, prams…you name it I went mad. And now we have space. And order. And even room for a car or two! Garage? DONE.
I am here to tell you that you need to look at your LIST. Not your everyday list and tackle one thing on it. My other list has BAS staring at me like a bastard, but the annoying list? What’s next? The cars booked for a service I think…
What’s top of your annoying list?
Got something from 2, 3 or 5 years still to do?
What can we tackle? LET’S TACKLE SOMETHING. Come on!