Is that a leaky faucet I hear? Aren’t those weeds in the flowerbed getting just a tad bit out of control? Is there any end to that stack of dirty clothes in the laundry room? Is there any hope to paying off that credit card if you keeping making only minimum payments? Are you ever going to get in to see the dentist about that bad tooth? How long has that petrified french fry been on your car floorboard? The dust on the ceiling fan blades is hanging on for dear life!
These are just a few of the things we ignore, but never go away. They loom over our heads whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Those little things add up and start to drag us down. We begin to lose our energy, our focus and our joy and we may not even know why. Now you know!
Over the weekend I want you to write down a list with all of the little things that need your attention. Dig down and write down every thing you can think of. Ask your significant other or your children for help with this. Get it all down on paper.
Now prioritize your list. What is the most important thing you should get done first? If it is something that is costing you money, then do that first. Something as simple as a leaky faucet is costing you money. If it’s paying bills late or only paying minimums, set a calendar alert to remind yourself when to pay and find a way to pay a little extra on those bills with the highest interest rates.
Get some early wins. Take on a few things on the list that are easy, but you just keep putting off and get them done right away. Feel how good it feels to get things done and then move on to the next items on your list.
Make the list a competition with a prize. Whether it is a solo competition with yourself or if you divide the list with someone else, set some challenges to addressing everything on the list and set some rewards for finishing the list within a specific time period. We all like to be rewarded for our accomplishments – and it’s okay if you are the only one who knows what you accomplished.
Delegate or hire help. Don’t try to do it all yourself, even if you are physically capable. Just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Pay for that which will take you more time than money to do. Then use your time to do things you cannot pay for or delegate. Now you are doubling your efforts and before you know it – you are done!
So, if you are feeling gloomy, get off your butt and get things done! If it to be, it is up to YOU!