In The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin says one of her keys to happiness is to “tackle a nagging task.”
We all have a handful of errands and tasks that we know we should do. And yet? We don’t do them because we think it makes us feel better to ignore them. But they’re always there, lurking in the background, sucking the joy out of a potentially relaxing evening with our favorite TV show or book.
What are the perpetual annoyances in your every day? The proverbial pebble in your shoe?
Craft a plan to fix, diffuse or release it.
Begin by ending the excuses.
Make the phone call that will resolve things.
Find the guru, teacher, or nearest Home Depot.
In fact, let’s make a pact to make this a new habit.
If there’s something that is positively gnawing at your psyche, do it as early in your day as possible and get it over with. I think you’ll find it’s never (really ever) as bad as we make it out to be.
In fact, the procrastination is usually more painful than just getting the task done.
So stop it already.
Deny procrastination the fuel it needs to prosper.
Your life force deserves an immediate, priority response. Fix the small stuff and then relish in the remainder of your day without the undone task sneering at you from the shadows disrupting you from engaging with better things.
Begin by making a list of areas in your home and office that require your attention in addition to your usual to-do list.
Make it your intention that every morning before school or work, you spend just 15 minutes in one of these areas for as many days as you need to get it done.
Think of the sense of elation and accomplishment - the mini battle won - you’ll feel when you cross one nagging task off your list each day. And over the course of a few weeks? You can get quite a bit accomplished.
Start today—like now.
It’s called getting things done.
Because you’ve got bigger fish to fry.