MY FATHER was recognized for his every day lists. Each 12 months on Dec. 26, he itemized the dozen tasks that would enable him right away eradicate any trace of Christmas. Not that he was a bah-humbug form of man, but he did not dally when there was operate to do. By nightfall, the tree was at the control, my mother’s mechanical Santas were being in the attic and the breakable ornaments have been safely and securely packed absent in what he termed their “babble wrap” (he also was acknowledged for malapropisms).
My father attributed the point that our home was often in excellent repair to his lists. As he mentioned, “They keep me in line, Scrutt Butt.” (This was a nickname, probably a malapropism, he applied interchangeably for me, my 3 brothers or any other dawdler he was fond of).
This thirty day period I solved to make my own checklist of the home assignments I have been keeping away from, and tick them off one particular by one particular in 2021. But I finished up with 47 objects on my list, and just on the lookout at it overwhelmed me. So I performed some on the web bridge and then I took a nap.
But shortly following I awoke, I listened to a voice in my head, sort of like the Ghost of Submit-Christmas Earlier, and it explained, “Start by grouping comparable duties with each other, Scrutty. It’s not rocket science.”
I did that and arrived up with five categories of décor projects, which appeared like an advancement. And but each appeared to signify its have circle of procrastination hell. So I sought skilled help—not for the undertaking itself but for techniques to get oneself to really deal with the occupation alternatively than goldbrick.