lists

Every year, between Xmas and the Western New Year, I make a list of outstanding business from the passing year and then try to clear it before the Chinese New Year (which will fall on Feb. 14th in 2010). I think of this as a ‘grace period’ or last chance to clear ‘junk’ from the old year and prepare for a ‘fresh start’ on the new one.
This year’s list was huge! In fact, it covered both sides of a 8.5×11” piece of paper. ‘How am I ever going to get all this done?’ I asked myself as I wrote it, but I already knew the answer. ‘One chore at a time.’
Sometimes I think I’m crazy. I mean, no one will know or care if I don’t do this, and when you work all day and then spend your nights doing paper work or cleaning something that should have been done months ago, you start to wonder if it’s all worth it. The thing is, though, that I know it is.
I don’t have to answer to anyone for these things, and I guess the world wouldn’t stop if I didn’t do them, but the thing is that by exerting a little energy and showing some dedication, I know that I’ll be better off in the long run.
In one weekend alone, I was able to fix the leaky shower faucet, rebuild a couch I’d taken apart to move to a new room, visit with friends and family, get shopping and chores done, and still have time to watch a movie. Yes, I was tired, but every time I look at that couch I can think ‘Wow! I did that!’ (And, it’s certainly cheaper than buying a new one!)
Of course, I know as I do it that I’ll likely end up making new lists, but the point to me is that by doing this I won’t end up thinking ‘if only…’ or having to say ‘I’d love to, but…’ I’ll be free to say ‘sure I can do that!’
If you’ve never tried doing this before, I highly recommend it and if you try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you!

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