Make it a priority

3 Sep

Over a year ago (May 2012 to be exact), I started a construction project in my house. While not the one doing the work, I was the one living in the mess. In a not-so-genius move, I swiped off all the stuff from my kitchen table and put it in a laundry basket. I was in a hurry to get it out of the way so I put the basket in my office.  My plan was to take care of it all once the construction was done and the dust settled.

Today I went in to my office and this is what I see:


There it is….15 months later….waiting to be emptied….with my Northwestern diploma on the top.

I had great plans….but never followed through.  The task was simple…but it never made it to the top of the priority list. I know the basket is sitting there waiting for me…but I find a reason to not go in to my office. It was tied to something important to me…getting that diploma on the wall…but that didn’t do much to motivate me. Besides, I have competing priorities…a whole house to clean, a dog that needs attention, and candy that is just not going to crush itself. All the while really, really wanting that basket emptied.

Walking by the basket does not mean it will get emptied. Neither does thinking about all the great laundry I could carry in it. Thinking about how great it would be to sit in the recliner and read a good book was no help either. If I wanted the basket emptied I would have to actually do something to empty it. I have to set aside an hour to sort through the paper, file, and shred, and figure out what to do with the other things in there.

The same goes for any change you are making in your life.  You need to make it a priority….are you in or out? No more excuses, no more side tracks. Quit wishing and hoping and dreaming. Set the time aside and get it done. You either are or you are not eating better than you did yesterday. You either are or are not moving more. Fill in the blank…are you doing it or not?

To get something different, you need to do something different. Make it a priority…empty the laundry basket.



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