Five Day Breaks Call For the Red Pants & Tackling Nagging Tasks

Only three days in, and my five-day weekend has already been pretty amazing:

Not only have I managed to squeeze in some fun (fall photo walk, pumpkin carving, and a trip to an antiques store followed up with lunch at Herm’s Inn), but I’ve also managed to cross quite a few items off my “Nagging Tasks” list.

You should know, I’m a To-Do List freak, and last Sunday, I made a list of all the “nagging tasks” that I’ve been putting off for months—things like mending a broken tank-top strap, washing Matt’s white Sunday shirts, and making some doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, to name a few.

According to Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, “Studies show that one of the best ways to lift your mood is to engineer an easy success, such as tackling a long-delayed chore.”

So, because I’ve realized from long experience that the best holidays are the ones that combine some good old-fashioned loafing with some honest-to-goodness work, I started tackling my “Nagging Tasks” list this week. (I’ve given myself until the end of the year to get them all done.)

Not only did it feel great to find out this morning at our dental appointment that neither Matt nor I have any cavities (even after not visiting the dentist for about two years), it feels even better to know that “visiting the dentist” is now no longer a nagging task, which frees up some valuable mental energy.

Other things on my nagging tasks list?

*tackling our front closet clutter (I’ve been putting this one off all year)
*calling on my Verizon plan to negotiate a lower rate (I am ridiculously good at putting off making phone calls indefinitely)
*taking one of my favorite dresses in to get altered so I can actually start enjoying it again

What types of tasks do you always put off the longest?

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