It’s true. I’ve reached the end of my personal to do list. And yes, it’s as satisfying as it sounds!
I never really thought I could do it. Then COVID sent the world to time out, limiting our ability to travel and freely gather. Even FOMO (fear of missing out) dissolved right along with the competing events on our work and social calendars.
To avoid getting bored, frustrated, or anxious about the unknown, I decided to focus on what I could control: the things I could accomplish within my four walls. I threw my (now unrealistic) 2020 goals out the window and replaced them with two missions:
Mission #1: Help as many people as possible get organized at home/work so they can shift their time, energy, and resources towards the things that truly matter during this challenging season. (see where that was born here)
Mission #2: Get all the personal tasks I can safely complete at home crossed off my to do list during quarantine to catch up and prepare for whatever “new normal” will exist on the other side of this pandemic. (find a rolling archive of activities here.)
I was ready to turn “someday” into “today.”
It’s very important for me to take a moment to add some context to this cross it off journey because I bet our lifestyles probably aren’t exactly the same. Here are some things to consider:
Clutter is often the physical manifestation of unfinished business, decisions left unmade, and broken promises. For example, as you declutter, you may catch yourself saying “I have to:”
These “little” thoughts are actually Act Now tasks that add up (even in your subconscious) and take up precious mental space! Which is why I included a “Mindful To-Do’s” section in every chapter of The Tidy Home Joy Journal to capture Act Nows in one place to avoid open-ended commitments. Rather than halfway finishing the pile of actions that stem from your KonMari event, you can feel “done, done, DONE” as one of my Graduates of Tidy calls it.
I decided to stay true to my word by finishing my own lingering unfinished business while I have this unique opportunity to catch up. Here is a snapshot of the end of my list:
I’m documenting my progress on the “Projects” section of my Instagram highlights if you’d like to follow along!
I’ve also started to take running notes about what deserves to return once the pandemic coast is clear and the world settles into a “new normal.” I look forward to making space to evaluate what’s essential.
Which activities and goals deserve to return once the pandemic ends and the world settles into a “new normal?”
What quarantine projects are you working on this week?
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