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Plan a Catch-up Day

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Even the most organised among us have times when we let a few things slide, whether by choice or by circumstance. If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t take long for those few things to become quite a few and even many (‘If there’s already a pile of dirty dishes, a few more won’t hurt’…or…‘they’ve waited this long, another day won’t hurt.’) Does that sound familiar?

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The world won’t end just because we’ve let a few dust bunnies multiply in the corner or we’ve postponed that mending job for a few weeks, but just having those things niggling at the back of our minds can be irritating.

Yesterday I woke up with no particular plans, but seeing that it was such a nice day and I had plenty of time, I decided I would make it a ‘catch-up’ day.

Paperwork, bills, calculator
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I started by doing several loads of washing – you know those things that keep getting left in the bottom of the hamper time after time because they’re not urgent? Well, now my hamper is totally empty – at least for a day or two!

I then gathered up all the junk mail and other paraphernalia that I’d been meaning to get around to and sorted through it all, tossing most of it and following up on the rest. I paid a (non-urgent) bill that had been hanging around for a while and ran a few overdue errands. Following that I caught up for lunch with a friend that I hadn’t seen for a while. On the way home I took my car through the car-wash.

Paperwork, bills, calculator
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When I arrived home I cleaned out the turtle aquarium and in the evening I did some mending while watching a movie.

Overall it was a very productive day and I gained so much satisfaction from catching up on all those little jobs that I wondered why I didn’t do this more often!
I know there’s no point in trying to schedule regular catch-up days; for me they have to happen spontaneously, but I guess that’s why I enjoy them so much.

So the next time you wake up with no particular plans for the day, why not make the decision to have a catch-up day. Don’t plan it – just let it happen and you’ll feel so much better at the end of the day, knowing those niggling tasks are done and your conscience is clear.

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Today I'm having a bit of a catch up day - the computer is mine, uninterrupted apart from letting dogs out and back in, and watching the Fremantle AFL game. I've done well with my on again off again poetry collection, it's nearly all put together in the one file, yay!

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