Got Things Done
People seem so stressed out today, yet we live in the era of automation where you can actually buy a pair of shoes on your morning commute while taking care of business. Odd, isn't it?
Think about three things you did prior to reading this, how did you end them? Chances are you didn't properly, "alright that's 90% of the job - I'll deal with the rest tomorrow." In the words of Ronan Keating, what if tomorrow never comes?
Those 10% are often harder than the 90% you think you already did. Why this is and the psychology behind it is an interesting question in itself but let's not get caught up in details.
Get things done and be done with them. Learn to love the word closure, "the act or process of closing something" or "a sense of resolution or conclusion at the end of an artistic work."
As they say, when one door closes another one opens. This is true of your employment, marital status and other big things in life but also the small ones.
When your agenda is without end you'll be prone to cut corners in a meaningless struggle aganist an enemy you'll never beat.
How will you ever have a productive day if what you have on your desk is always leftovers from yesterday? In the words of Reinhold Niehbur,
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed, courage
to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Close things. Be done with them. Say goodbye.