I embarked on this serenity topic cautiously. On the one hand, the idea of finishing or forgetting certain nagging to-dos appealed to me greatly. But I also know that having less on the list in the first place is an important factor in serenity. Read how I went about my purge on unfinished business here.
And how did it play out? Here is my list of loose ends:
- I did manage to purchase bathroom shelves, schedule a friendly guy to install them, make a dentist appointment, and locate/collage/purge a number of “ideas” notebooks which we writers seem to love having around. Yay! So, success here, assuming the shelf chap shows up and my teeth don’t fall out in the next two weeks.
- I’ve drafted my new will but it’s not signed and witnessed yet. And I did paint a damaged patch on the study wall, but for some reason it doesn’t quite match the rest of the room. So these two are in progress… loose ends, yuk!
- And as stated at the start, I decided to ditch some tasks altogether. So I decided to forget about doing something arty with the cute paper numbers I purchased at Snape Maltings. And my Spotify music lists will have to stay chaotic.
I’d like to clarify, this is not the only stuff I had going on during these last two weeks. A bushel of other tasks and projects also got done, or at least nudged along. But these seven had been hanging around for ages and were definitely dragging me down.
My verdict: The public accountability of stating I’d be blitzing tasks was a huge factor in the progress I made. Although I’m disappointed there are still some loose ends dangling, I feel relieved that others are taken care of. The downside, of course, is that as soon as a task is crossed off a list, I feel a compulsion to add something new. However, purging old to-dos once or twice a year may be a pattern worth repeating. I’m giving this serenity topic 3 stars out of 5.
Did you tackle any niggling tasks? Was the experience rewarding, or have replacement to-dos crept in?
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