Low priority items. We’ve all got them on our to-do lists. They’re those nagging little things that bother us every time we’re reminded of them… but that always seem to get pushed down the list because other things are more important and more urgent.
Those nagging little things could be anything. A few of mine include repotting a plant that’s outgrown its current container, calling a garage door repair person, weeding (that’s here to stay until October), and cleaning the top of the cupboards (I can’t see that surface — how important can it be?).
These easy-to-put-off to-dos don’t seem like a big deal, but they do take a mental toll. Every time you think about one of them or get a visual reminder that it’s on your list but still not done, it can deflate you a little bit.
That siphons off your energy and can even drain your confidence. It steals your sense of being in control.
But you can put yourself back in control easily enough.
Here’s what I recommend…
Choose one day a month (or maybe one weekend a quarter) and make it “small nagging things” day.
A couple of days before, make a list of those little things you haven’t been able to get to. And also make a list of any supplies you’ll need to cross those items off your list. For example, I need a bag of potting soil and a properly sized pot.
Either the day before or first thing in the morning of your designated day, do a supply run.
Then when you get home, methodically work through your list. If you don’t get to everything, that’s okay.
At the end of the day, celebrate what you did accomplish. And then set a date for your next “small nagging things” day.
Now, when you’re reminded of the little things on your list that you haven’t gotten to yet, you can give yourself credit for how much smaller that list is… and you can recognize that you have a plan for taking care of the next batch soon.
Give this a try. I bet you’ll find you have more energy, better focus, and even more confidence as a result.
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Mark Your Calendar
April 9: The mindset you approach your business with can have a big impact on your level of satisfaction, your success, and your stress levels. During this Monthly Member Update event, we’ll explore three mindsets that can help you enjoy your business more, improve your productivity, and get better results. Join us.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!