Just for Today

…. I will have a plan.  I may not follow it exactly…..

I have always had ‘to-do’ lists.  I am dyslexic, I can not stay focussed on the task I am currently doing let alone keep track of all the things that I absolutely must do before the end of the day!  While composing this blog I have also started downloading photos from my camera, hanging out some washing, setting up an iTunes play list on another computer & am currently resisting checking Facebook!

As I progressed in various careers, my ‘to-do’ lists became more important, and missing out things left me playing catch up at weekends or in the evenings.  Soon I found myself getting in a real mess, always putting off the things I really needed to do until last, and procrastinating until the very end.  Sometimes those big important things were things I didn’t know how to start, or how to do…. but they began to loom over me and I used to suffer from anxiety attacks and poor self esteem as I felt that I was working non stop but didn’t seem to manage to ever get anything done.

Then I found a great solution that really works.  Every day i looked at my ‘to-do’ list and found the one thing that I really had to do that day, and that became my to-do list.  Just that one thing.  All day, whatever I was doing, i knew that I had to do that one thing.  Some days i procrastinated all day with lots of other little (and big) things that were also on my ‘to-do’ list, but as long as I did my one thing, then I would congratulate myself & feel good about the day.

It works!

Today my ‘One Big Thing’ is to hoover downstairs at home thoroughly.  I have been putting this one off for some time, waiting until I have finished work.  Now I have, this is my one big thing for today!

So far I have had a lovely long lie-in, sorted out a months clean laundry, collected my daughter & her friend, hung out some more washing, tidied my shoes (a whole other blog), picked some food for Myrtle (tortoise) in the garden, and now I’m writing this….

The hoover awaits!


About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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2 Responses to Just for Today

  1. Al says:

    Hoovering. I just love that (as I do so many other Brit expressions). As for procrastination, I’ve always followed this rule: “Never put off til tomorrow what you can get out of doing altogether.”


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