So what about this question bothered me? It hit me that I only have one year, 52 weeks, 365 days, and 8,765 hours, 525,949 minutes to complete items on a list I started years ago. To be honest, I hadn’t really thought about it this year which is unusual since I think about it every year around this time. Only I usually mentally brush it off thinking, “I’ve got seven, six, five, four, three, two, years…that’s plenty of time to, meet Betty White, begin hiking the Appalachian Trail, take my boys to Mt Rushmore, participate in an Ironman race, write a novel AND a skit for Saturday Night Live, do a Sirshasana without injuring myself” and so on. That’s not even a fourth of my list so you can imagine my shock when the reality of only having one year to complete it set in. Some will have to be moved to my “before I turn 50 list,” but time is of the essence with a few (Betty White-as much as I’d like to think she’ll live forever, time is running out for me to meet her).
While thinking about it, I’m quickly overwhelmed wondering how I’m going to get started on this list while not forgetting about more pressing issues like, paying the mortgage, buying new track shoes for the oldest, starting on the endless pile of laundry.
I decided the only way to begin tackling this list is to stay focused-a tough task for someone a co-worker once referred to as “the most easily distracted person in the world.” I confirmed this description when I went online to see what experts say is the best way to complete important tasks and wound up checking emails then looking at adorable cat videos on Youtube for half an hour.
Several experts recommend the best way to complete goals is by making a public proclamation of said goals. I know some seem more like a pipe dream but there are a lot of practical goals where I only need a little accountability. So you, the faithful readers of this column, can be my accountability partners. This could actually work both ways. You can check my “to-do” list progress each week by visiting www.myearoflivingthankfully.com and you can start on your own list and update me on your progress.
I know this probably seems a tad bit self-indulgent but humor me. You never know, we might all benefit from this little experiment. Can’t wait to get started!
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