Pending Tasks

Day #17: 100 Happy Days

Purvee Chauhan

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Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash

I often have days in my life where I do not get as much free space in the day as I anticipate. That does lead to procrastination of certain small tasks that all pile up, leading to lesser space in the future days as well. Vicious cycle, you see. This cycle becomes a recipe for disaster, but, what to do — it isn’t easy to stay productive all the time! This is also a result of my lack of decision making abilities and inability to prioritize well.

Some days are good, and some days make me feel like a hamster running on a wheel for a carrot. Today was probably one of those good days where I was relishing the carrot with a break and running on my schedule as opposed to any one else. That, too, because I decided to clear off my long-pending to do list.

So, how did I do it?

  • Pursued my morning rituals. They are important to me — morning pages, gratitude journaling, meditation, and yoga.
  • Started my day with a clear intention, able to see the spaces I wanted to use.
  • I was also open to being mediocre, deciding to finish the tasks than to perfect them. As my husband says — better done than perfect. For example, I chose to prepare simple meals.
  • Made an honest to-do list of all the tasks that needed my attention.
  • Started off with the big tasks of the day, ticked them off, and then decided to work on rest of the smaller tasks. One after the other. Being present when I was doing the task at hand — this was definitely key.
  • Took small breaks, including a short nap. Nothing like the power of short naps. They clear your mind.

Simple things. This isn’t a formula that works every day. Today was just lucky and I am glad I had today. Tomorrow is all set, since my to do list is all checked off! Yay!

General reflection: The last few Happy Days have been about persistence, showing up, and being resilient. Wow, this time and reflective activity is indeed showing me how people learn and grow.

PS: This article is a part of the 100 Happy Days series where I have committed to writing about simple things in life that bring me happiness and joy. Hoping that this experiment will help me cultivate a deeper relationship with myself. If you like it, please follow the list in the link above. Deeply appreciated!

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Purvee Chauhan

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ The Little Prince