Imagine if call centres had such calming and uplifting scenes - the experience on both ends of the telephone would probably be a lot more enjoyable. I did my tax return last week and felt great afterwards. Background stress can be so detrimental and sometimes we don't even realise it's there until we do something that lifts it. Hope you have a productive week!
A tax return behind you is a good feeling!
It must be something in the stars. I too have had a week of getting things done that have been on the list for months, ordering new blinds to replace tatters in the attic, changing my fuel supplier, replacing an ancient microwave, signing up for a course, booking some breaks. Why I have been so inert for so much of the year I can't fathom! Still of course loads of other things to add to the todo's but pleased for now! Loving your photos, especially th Van Gogh moment!
Oh well done Elizabeth!
Oh well done, Freda and Elizabeth. A friend of mine says that you have to be in the right frame of mind to get things done and it is strange how one day it all seems possible. I love those days. JGID is easier for me than previously as I have found not thinking about the easier tasks too much makes life a lot easier. I, literally, just do it and the reward is wonderful. Anything that needs preparation though is a totally different situation.
I so understand your thinking here Sheena. I am treating the 'preparation' stage as easy tasks that don't require thinking eg collect all the necessary papers, note down the phone numbers, write out the questions I need to ask....these are all easy and I am almost there by the time I have done them so it's only one big push/effort.
I find the biggest deterrent to JGID is if the process involves contacting someone like Talktalk via Internet or the phone - you just know you are going to be in for hours of frustration! I agree, Sheena, for most things just doing it much better rather than letting it become a huge elephant of a thing in your mind.
Have been visiting my 92 yr old mother, who is notorious for all the projects she has on the back-burner for years at a time..what i was finding were “notes to self”...”read my notes and act on them!” “Do!!”
And eventually: “HELP!!!” , when she would get too far behind. The funniest was this one: “too late now!”...just has not be able to JGID.
Ah, Julia. I think my children are destined to find some notes like that from me.
Oh my Julia Thanks for this - it is motivating me to keep going!
JGID works for individual days a lot more easily than a week or more at a time. Or maybe that's just me. Especially in retirement. Without a looming deadline, I am not much inclined to mount a long term session of JGID. Time out for a calming and lovely scene is a good approach.
If I could just do it one day a week there wouldn't be the backlog there is!
Thank you to all. I've been feeling frustrated and self-critical, at having the luxury of a period of time, to 'blitz' my list of tasks, and yet only having the psychological energy to do one or two a day. I'm feeling less punitive, and more positive about this now, having read others comments
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