Yesterday, 31 Days of Personhood: Day 21: Drinking Your Own Poison, we talked about letting go of grudges, and letting ourselves off the hook. The day before, 31 Days of Personhood: Day 20: Pay Attention, about learning to listen to people better. Today, the ball is squarely back in our home court.
“A task takes as long as there is time to do it.”
We have talked about time, respecting it and learning to use it wisely,31 Days of Personhood: Day 10: Time Allotment and Appreciation. Today let’s talk a bit about our personal misuse of time.
Time seems to expand and contract depending on what task we have to do, how much we enjoy doing it, and of course, the deadlines for getting it done.
I am as guilty as anyone of procrastination. Sometimes I can easily get my head in the game, and sometimes, I make up other things to do to avoid a task.
One of my least favorite tasks has always been bill paying. I can remember watching my mother struggle over getting the ends to meet on her meager salary. And, if the bill was late, I would often have to physically drop them off because she was at work.
I have spent a lot of years in training, and have looked into the face of monstrous debt many times. The problem though in now. Now, when I can pay most of my bills will some level of comfort, and the process goes quickly, but some little unsettling quirk inside still resists. I abhor sitting down to address the bills even though it usually takes less than 30 minutes. I drag my feet, wander off to read or write, watch TV, listen to a book, almost anything.
But, I have come to learn that this is an internal struggle with a mind-set I must continue to battle. So, I have had to devise ways to get it done, and get it done consistently. And that leads me to today’s assignment.
What do I want you to do?
1. Choose a task you dislike (should be easy).
2. Figure out the root cause of the issue. (journal)
3. Whether it is something you have to do once, like make a dreaded phone call, or something you have to do on a regular basis, like pay bills, put it on your calendar. Make a date with yourself. Promise yourself that you cannot and will not break this date. Give yourself a deadline and….
4. Get it done!
5. After you have completed one task, move on to the next.
Use that “extra” time you have saved acting, rather than agonizing and avoiding, to do something you enjoy.