Making change: Doing one less thing isn’t very easy task
It would be easy to turn this story into something that makes me look really good. But the reality is that I was terrible at this.
In fact, in early March I stopped making written lists. What’s the point?
Since January, I’ve been supposed to do one less thing each day in an effort to lessen daily stress. I don’t think I accomplished that goal, unless you count not making lists or not blogging when I should have. (Bad editor, bad!)
Three months later and my stress level feels about the same.
During this experiment I didn’t get to bed much earlier than I did before, although I thought about it more.
I left some things undone and procrastinated on others.
I still haven’t done my taxes. Why? I blame a printer cartridge running out, the printer refusing to work and my husband being out of town. I didn’t want to haul my kids to Office Max to buy a printer cartridge … but I somehow managed to take them to a bookstore, the mall, a garden center and Chick-fil-A.
Even before this three-month experiment, I was pretty good at saying “no,” not volunteering to do extra things and easily getting done what I really want to do. I’m pretty selfish, thus some of my stress is self-inflicted because of how I handle tasks.
So since I stopped making written lists, I started keeping track only of what I had to do each day: the appointments and meetings, the deadlines, the laundry, grocery shopping and meal preparation. And the miles I needed to run. Because in all of this I had to run a half marathon — see what I mean about getting done what I really want to do?
Next time I decide to make a change, my goal needs to be more defined. “Doing one less thing” gave me plenty of wiggle room to justify doing or not doing.
My husband would certainly like it if I took on Rachel’s goal of not buying anything new for a few months. That’s rather defined and, come to think of it, would probably mean I’d be doing one less thing a day.