“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James
Thank you notes, following up with people, laundry, what doesn’t make this list? There is no worse feeling that I constantly put myself through than the eternal nagging of being a sloth. Why get this simple 5 minute task done when I can continue torturing myself – pushing it further and further away for other more important tasks like playing games or staring at my phone. Combining the memory of a goldfish and the tendency I have to distract myself, I am terrible about getting things done that are not super important. If I can put it off, I will, and if I can forget about it, I already have. It’s a terrible character trait… I am getting better though!
Graduating was probably the best thing to ever happen to my productivity. I find myself getting AHEAD of those formerly nightmarish tasks like cleaning my room, changing subscriptions to my new email, ordering things I desperately need but am not excited to spend money on. I fold all my clothes now immediately out of the dryer – even more impressive – I (most of the time) pack my lunches in advance so I don’t skip it in the morning and spend 10 dollars on a mediocre sandwich. These superhuman feats are happening regularly to me now; and I would go so far as to say that I may be addicted to getting chores done (don’t get ahead of yourself now, Mark). I felt like superman on Monday this week when I vacuumed, did laundry, grocery shopped, and wrote a thank you note all in time to watch the Sabres beat last year’s Stanley Cup runner ups. Are you kidding? Best Monday since 2/12/1996, the day this planet was blessed with my existence.