Archive for Thursday, January 31, 2008

Putting things off

January 31, 2008

There are many ways to fight the habit of putting things off. You can make a list, and keep your list up to date, and you can make small goals.

We tend to always find time for things that are fun but put off things that we do not enjoy.

The secret is to make unpleasant jobs as pleasant as possible. But you need to give yourself some time to do fun things, too.

Ever since they finished the bridge over Seven Mile Creek, Ada and I have talked about taking a walk and crossing under the bridge to see what had been done there.

We did that on Sunday because it was such a nice day, and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk, as well as seeing the nice new walkway under the bridge. There is a great wide sidewalk and it really looks good.

I grew up near that creek and had spent many hours playing in that area along the creek bank. My brothers and I had fun swinging from the vines that were attached to the trees there. We thought we were like Tarzan. Now I wonder how the vines held us up.

Another thing we did on our way home was to stop and visit the new Verizon business just two blocks north of us and met the nice young lady that works there.

A good thing for all of us to do would be to make a point to welcome new businesses in Lansing.

Sometimes we are forced to do the things we have been putting off. A good example happened at our house when, after 50 or so years in the same house, an electrical circuit stopped working and it took a lot of time trying to locate the problem.

After we solved the problem, we took time to identify all the circuits on a list and numbered their locations. It's something we should have done a long time ago.

Just pick one thing that you have been putting off and try having fun doing it.

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