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Serenity Project 17: Loose Ends

I admit I’m not jumping with enthusiasm for this next serenity topic but it makes compelling sense to me that serenity is diminished by unfinished business. I’m talking loose ends, half-hearted projects, and niggling to-dos which we keep intending to tackle but never quite cross off our lists. Know what I mean?

So for the next two weeks, I’m implementing a structured plan to tie up loose ends.

Serenity Project 17: Loose Ends

Here’s my plan:

  1. List the niggles. I’ll be gathering and naming the tasks and projects which have been hanging around for ages (either half-finished or not even begun).
  2. This step is important: decide what to ditch. The point of this topic isn’t to run ragged trying to “get caught up” and feel perfectly smug. Life laughs at that mindset and just dumps a load more stuff on our plate. So I’m planning to abandon at least 50% of these loose ends, and declare them dead and buried. I might have a little ceremony to dispatch them to their afterlife 😉
  3. And the yukky part: work on the rest. I might try what Gretchen Rubin calls a Power Hour. I might eat the frog first. I’m not sure yet, it depends what remains after the joyful culling of step 2. But I do know that momentum is important: studies show that an early, small success can set us up to continue on a path.

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I’m hopeful that as well as a sense of accomplishment, my mind will find some relief in not having these splintered shoulds floating around.

Let me know if you join me! I’d love to hear both what you ditch and what you conquer.

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    September 2, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Wonderful post, Pauline. I really need to do this! A couple of power hours would do me the world of good. In fact, just writing everything down would help! Thank you for encouraging me to finally tackle the niggles 🙂

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      September 3, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Good luck, April. Just be sure not to write down so many niggles you give up immediately!

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