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Sick of Being Stuck: Project Possible

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Sick of Being Stuck: Project Possible

I’m excited! My wife and I purchased the absolutely perfect red paint to transform our front door into the warm and welcoming entry of my dreams… about a year ago. Yes, I’m serious. One. Year. Ago.

I crack myself up.

For example, yesterday, as I crafted the Day Five Challenge for Sick of Being Stuck September. My plan for today included knocking some projects off of our collective to do lists. I searched my brain for the best, most universally applicable examples. I hummed and pondered and wondered, trying to come up with projects that people already mentioned they needed to tend. I had nothing, nothing at all!

And then I thought, if I had projects to do, what would they be?

(Insert laughter.)

In a blink, I had a dozen on my page (insert more laughter). I’m the one hosting this clutter clearing adventure and that list had me wondering if I ever get anything done. Of course, I do. I’m rather productive but the same stuff, usually that which is just on the edge of my comfort zone, gets put off over and over again. There’s always plenty of stuff that’s easy to do (or practically on fire), so why would I stop to do a project that’s resting so comfortably on the back burner?

My job as a life coach is a big, fat, hysterical piece of humble pie. Every single time I think I’m coaching someone else, I realize that the lesson I offered them is for me, too. It seems that they are always for me. Every single time I support someone else, the message comes back and slaps me in the face. Gently, at first but if I don’t pull it together pretty quick… things get out of hand.

So, guess what I planned to do to celebrate Labor Day? Yes, it’s time to paint that door. I’m also decided (and committed) to clear out some junk in my trunk (of my car), to attempt to repair the hole in my son’s new favorite t-shirt, and … package up the treasures for those who accepted the DAY FOUR challenge. (It was a very important day so everyone who did the deed gets a treasure!)

I know how easy it is for projects to get piled up. In fact, at my house, they aren’t even piled up. They are more spread out here and there, a little in each room, side by side. That’s because everyone who lives here has some degree of anxiety about forgetting things. There’s a little voice in our heads that tells us that if we can’t see it, we won’t do it.

Well, guess what? If we don’t dedicate the resources–time, money, energy, etc.–we don’t do it anyway! And before long, the first begins to blend into the rest of them and we find ourselves with clutter and to do list drama.

Of course, there is good news. I always have some, right? And it’s always basically the same.

Next: It doesn’t have to be this way.

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9:21PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Love the clarity. Projects get done when we devote our time, talent, and treasure to doing the projects. It really is about deciding what to do with this hour, isn't it?

8:37AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

This so sounds like me and even before I read this I had decided this weekend was the weekend for finally finishing painting a room I started on but have not got back to. Now I'm really going to do it! :)

7:49AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I'm a To-Do list addict. I have to make the list and then cross off each item. Heck, I even divide it up more than you do (i.e. under laundry there will be a mini-list listing the various loads). I have quite a few projects that need to be done and keep getting put off for one thing or another. If my fiance was up on the roof needing a hammer, he'd get it...eventually as I tend to get distracted by other things but I generally do get around to doing what he asked. Sounds like Sick of Being Stuck is going great!

5:18AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Thank you

12:03AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

First I'm going to have breakfast, then put some clothes in the washing machine............and then today's project is to move the stove and clean under and behind....yuk...but have been putting it off...............then it's back to MY work!.....maybe I should make check off lists because the stove has been waiting for a long time!

10:33PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

More of a snot than a snob...
That being said, putting thing off may not always work, but it does show the hope of another tomorrow, which in itself is a good thing!

7:00PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Thank you for posting.

3:34PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Yay Christy! (btw, better check on the wife...just sayin')

2:20PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

If it is this hard to get things done, I would suggest one thing at a time. People who have tons of things to do and lists of things hardly ever get them done. I think of it more in areas. Like front yard, or back, potting bench, sewing room. No more than 3 things planned to do without finishing something. Then I can think of adding something else to the to do list in my head.

2:13PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

I used to be a "say it - get it done" sort of person. The problem was the lists kept getting longer and longer because people knew I would do what I said and would do and ask for more and more. It took a long time to learn how to say no and not feel guilty. So the upshot is, that I've learned to put things on the back burner and give myself time to do what I'm doing right now! Keeping in touch with the rest of the world and taking time out to read and other enjoyable things. Sometimes, I look around and see little naggy things that I was going to do, but the truth is they'll get done and in the meantime, I've begun to get a life.

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