Sunday, December 2, 2012

Just Pick Something and Start the Work

"Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou

Friday was a lost day.  It was lost to me being wretchedly sick in bed all day unable to eat or drink from the early morning until 9:30 PM.  Yesterday I managed to get through a day of school and housekeeping by sipping water and eating bowls of brown rice until the evening when I went to have dinner at the home of a friend.   By midnight I was exhausted and when I arrived home shortly thereafter I fell into bed and blissful unconsciousness until the morning.

Today, after returning from a morning troupe rehearsal, I found myself two days behind on all kinds of work (school work, job work, creative work, personal work). Faced with the decision of which should take priority and be tackled first it was very tempting to toss my hands in the air and just say, "Too many choices! I'm going to hide away in my bedroom and watch Netflix and Hulu for the remainder of the afternoon."

...but since that really wasn't an option I took a mental look at the list of things I'd like to have done before I go to bed this evening:

  • Attempt to make gluten free bread
  • Sort my holiday decorations and put them up
  • Do two days of dishes
  • Write down my notes for my class introduction
  • Pick up the living room and move the bookshelf 
  • Write a blog post
  • Take a nap
  • Log into work for an hour to make up for Friday
  • Study

As of this moment the loaf of bread is in the oven, the dishes are done and I'm hopefully about to finish and share this blog post.  I can't say that I put much thought into choosing which to do first.  In fact I think I mostly chose to make the bread first because the kitchen was cold and I wasn't going to plunge my hands into a sink full of dishes in a chilly kitchen.  It also worked out time the bread would take to rise and bake also gave me the break I needed to write this blog post in the now toasty warm kitchen.

When faced with all of the things I want to accomplish today I just picked one even if it wasn't perhaps the most important item on the list.  Happily my choice helped in the completion of two other items on the list.  I'm not sure that I will complete everything I'd like to do before bed (though I'm thinking the nap is quite likely to be the next item crossed off which brings the count to four) but at least I am making some sort of progress.

Plus my kitchen is toasty warm and smells fantastic!

PS - Bread is baked and out of the oven cooling on a rack.  It looks pretty but of course the real test will be the taste.

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