Finally Crossing Something Off the List


If you came here from yesterday’s late post, were you able to guess what I have accomplished?  Either way, I invite you to read on.

If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you will know that I have been utilizing my non-work time while working from home rather well.  I have employed a simple self-nagging device called the “to-do” list.  I write it every morning based on the leftovers from the previous day.  I thought about making a weekly list, but I realized that is the exact opposite of motivating and given the time frame might put me in the position of adding overly ambitious things to the list.  Perhaps when I get good at the daily list, I can think about something with a longer time frame.

In the past five weeks, I have crossed off many significant and insignificant items.  There are some items that have remained on the list.  Some of these are daily reminders to stretch, do planks, and plan better classes.  Some aren’t done because they are waiting for input from other people. Others are things that I just haven’t managed to accomplish.  These are the annoying ones that give the list its nagging quality.

Several weeks ago I put “fix towel rack” on the list.  Its a pretty insignificant job and certainly well within my skill level.  Despite writing it on the list every single day, I never managed to get around to it.  I had all the tools and I didn’t expect it to be difficult.  I just kept forgetting about it because it’s in the guest bathroom.  I might walk in there to get a tissue or wash my hands, but it isn’t my “go to” bathroom.  Every time I touched the towel, the thing would shake and remind me that I had to fix it.  Then I forgot about it until I started writing the new “to do” list and noticed that it still hadn’t been done.  I was starting to think I would procrastinate that one until the end of the lockdown.

For whatever reason, today was the day.  I fixed it in under 5 minutes–and that’s going slow and being careful not to lose the tiny screw that connects the outer portion with the hidden inner part.

Crossing that one off the list is, without a doubt, Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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