A dear friend and fellow blogger recently shared an article outlining productive ways to use unexpected free time. Several of the recommendations were appealing - including indulging in some leisure reading or self-care, but the one I most appreciated was playing "To-Do List Roulette."
Whether or not you choose to write it down, we all have a running list of tasks we need to complete but never seem to get around to: Returning a library book, cleaning out the closet and dropping off unused clothes at the local shelter, getting the car washed, or scheduling a dental appointment. Often the tasks are inconvenient, sometimes even unpleasant, making them likely to continue to slide down our priority lists or pushed off for some undetermined time in the future. But most take no more than a few minutes, and it can feel SO. GOOD. to cross them off the list.
For those of you who don't keep a physical list of things you need to accomplish, start one. Write the items on a post it note, jot them down in your planner, or type them into your phone. And next time you find yourself with an unexpected block of free time, close your eyes, point to an item, and tackle it. Then reward yourself with a little self-care. You've earned it!