Why? I don’t finish what is before me. I start one thing and jump to another in the middle of that first task. I might be bringing a load of laundry down the stairs to the washer when I see a bunch of toys on the floor. What do I do? I yell to the kids to pick them up and then set the laundry down to start picking them up myself! After all, I tell myself, want something done right – do it yourself! But I can’t do everything. And I definitely can’t do it all at once.I need to prioritize. I need to have my list clearly outlined before me. I need to set goals. And I need to meet those goals regularly. Does this mean that I won’t be tempted to be sidetracked? No! But I need to be strong in resisting that urge. I need to finish what I have in front of me before I move on. And I need to see it through to completion before I move on. So I need to put that laundry into the washer, start it, and then take that empty basket back upstairs. Then and only then can I come back downstairs and make sure that instead of me picking up those toys, that my children are doing it. When I tell them to do something and threaten with punishment…. I need to actually carry through with it. But that’s another issue I have to work on.
So this year, one of my biggest goals will be to lock down my chaotic reactions. I will see my list through from start to finish. I might not finish everything in the day that I made that list, but I will give it my all. One task at a time.