above illustration for Information Security magazine
My to-do list is separated into different categories: today, this week, this month, long term. (How very virgo, huh?) I go through the dailies and weeklies with no problems really. But there is one thing on that list that was ALWAYS present. I read it every day -- and every day I got a little sick feeling in my stomach.
It was updating my book-keeping for my business. You know... the oh-so-fun task of logging receipts, checks, bills, and payments. Putting them all into "the system" and then filing them away until tax time. Gosh, I wonder why I am not jumping on doing that. :( Boring!
Well, it'd been since February that I last logged a receipt. I just kept putting papers in an ever-growing, to-be-filed folder. And the thicker the folder got, the more I dreaded it. And the sicker I felt.
But (as usual) I was thinking about balance and how I spend my energy; and this long overdue book-keeping kept coming up as a red flag... I thought: Man, I waste a LOT of energy dreading that. What if I stop procrastinating and just spent a little time getting it up to date. Then I could let it go and stop that energy leak. Doing weekly maintenance is much easier than dealing with yearly disaster.
So I finally tackled it.
It took nearly a whole day to do it -- recording everything and reorganizing the filing system to make it easy to maintain. And afterwards? Oh... I feel so much better. There's no pile giving me the stink eye and poking me with its bony finger. No sense of dread or feeling like I'm neglecting a part of my business. Way mo' bettah.
Is there something you've been procrastinating that you could finally address and let go of? Something that, once done, will feel like a weight has been lifted from you?