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Do you have something on your to-do list that as much as you intend to conquer, it just keeps getting moved over from one day or week to the next?

You know, the stuff you really want to get around to, but never seem to find time for — or it just doesn’t sound quite as good as binging your favorite Netflix show?

If this is ringing true for you, we’ve got a little challenge this weekend to get those items off your list. Especially if you, like many of us these days, are hunkered down at home right now.

Take advantage of staying in and put on your productivity hat. It really will feel SO good when you’re done.

Here’s our easy 3-step challenge:

Step 1: Circle the top things that have been on your list forever.

Step 2: Ask yourself why you’re avoiding them and be really honest. It’s easy to say you don’t have time, but we know you’re getting a ton of other stuff done — so time probably isn’t the real reason.

Does it feel overwhelming? Is it something you’re dreading? Are you afraid of moving forward on a big goal or dream? Is there an emotional block keeping you from getting it done?

Step 3: Once you understand what the roadblock is, try one of these ways to move forward:

If the task seems overwhelming … try breaking it up into smaller to-dos. For example, “organize your closet” may be a big task, but “organize your sweaters” is much less daunting.

By breaking it up, you might have more items on your list, but it’ll be easier to get each one done — and to feel accomplished when you do!

If the task is something you’re dreading … promise yourself a reward when you’re done. Having an uncomfortable conversation, doing a gross-but-necessary chore, or dealing with the DMV — we get why you’d want to put them off.

To give yourself some extra motivation, treat yourself to a delicious dessert or a bubble bath once you finish.

If the task is something you feel like you should do, but aren’t motivated … consider crossing it off your list entirely.

Yes, you may have said you wanted to learn Spanish, but if “do Duolingo lessons” never gets crossed off your list, it might be time to give yourself permission to let that goal go. Not only will you free up more space for other things, but you’ll release the guilt you feel every time you put it off for another day.

Life will always have to-dos, but now’s the perfect time to say goodbye — one way or another — to the tasks that have been weighing you down.

Wishing you a productive weekend and take good care of yourself!



Quote du jour
“It’s not always that we need to do more, but rather that we need to focus on less.” — Nathan W. Morris


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