Do You Have Any Round Tuits?
A Round What?
A round tuit is a rare and extremely valuable item, found by only the luckiest of us all. This circular object gives the owner an instantaneous surge of motivation and enthusiasm, and the ability to get done now whatever it was that they were going to do, but have put off until a later date. Wait for it. That later date would be, “when they got around to it.”
We all have “the” list. If not on a physical piece of paper, then surely in our own minds. It goes something like this:
- Clean out the garage, the attic, the basement, the . . . etc.
- Reorganize the spice rack, or the linen closet, or the pantry, or the . . . etc.
- Go through the house and donate things I haven’t used in a while
- Take all my vacation photographs and put them in an album
- Fix the sticky (or loose) door knob, window, shower door, garden gate, etc.
These are things “above and beyond” the requirements of daily living. If they don’t get done, life will still go on (albeit not as well). They are things we have been “meaning” to do, wish we could “find the time” for, and so forth.
On the other hand, there are those requirements of daily life that somehow always manage to get done (at least to some degree). You will no doubt find the time to have something to eat, take a shower, get some sleep, wash your clothes, and so forth and so on. Life will find a way to satisfy those basic necessities.
What I am talking about with the “round tuit” list are those things that would enhance and improve our lives, but that always seem to be just beyond our grasp. They are those mundane little things that would make us more comfortable, relaxed, organized, prepared, and so forth. Please note, however, that under no circumstances should a “Round Tuit List” be confused with a “Bucket List.”
For the five people who have not seen the movie, I will define Bucket List as the grand goals you want to achieve or dreams you wish to fulfill before you die (that is, kick the bucket). Items on your Bucket List, in contrast to your daily task list, can be anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to do, regardless of current skills, knowledge, or abilities. It’s usually (but not necessarily) more of a fantasy list, intended to open your mind and heart to new possibilities. But I digress. That’s really a topic for another hub.
Back to Round Tuits
Back to the question of round tuits, then. Being, as they are, things that would make life more comfortable, the next question would be how to convert your “round tuits” into “donuts.” You know, as in you have “done it.” Okay, I know it’s a reach, but doesn’t “I’m going to get donuts” sound better than “I’m going to go slog through my task list?” Just work with me here. This hub is going to get better soon.
If you don’t already have your “round tuit” list written down, you really need to start there. The process of writing it down will cause one of three things to happen:
- You will realize that there’s not much there at all, and it would be faster to just do it than to even write up a list (for the record, if that’s your situation, I wish I were you).
- You have more on the list than you thought, but it’s manageable. With a little planning, and the proper motivation, you can handily get it all done in a long weekend.
- Once you see it all in writing, you realize that you may be placing unrealistic expectations on yourself. You may need to prioritize, drop a few things from the list, or possibly get help (hired or otherwise).
Seeing It In Print
Another technique that I recommend is to categorize your list.
This is not actually my list, but it could be. Everyone is different. But it is a good sample of what I mean.
Sample Round Tuit List
Cleaning and Maintenance
Health and Wellness
Creativity and Improvements
Financial and Household Records
Wash all the windows, inside and out.
Schedule an annual checkup.
Put all the vacation pictures in a scrapbook.
Organize all the current and past tax records, label, and store for easy access.
Get the carpet professionally steam cleaned.
Sign up for a yoga or tai chi class (and attend).
Frame family pictures and mount them on the wall.
Update (or create) a will or living trust.
Toss everything past its expiration date in the fridge, clean the interior and exterior, put stuff back.
Investigate taking new supplements for improved health.
Put reflective film on the windows to keep out the heat.
Make a household item inventory for insurance purposes.
Okay, now you have a list. But as we all know, words on a list are not actions taken. To turn these lists into actions, you will need to do a couple more things.
We’ve already acknowledged that everything on the Round Tuit list could very well just “sit there” indefinitely. If that is not the case, you need to take a moment and get it off the Round Tuit list, and put it on your calendar with a specific date. Like your annual medical check-up. That’s one that really shouldn’t have been on the Round Tuit list in the first place (and yes, I put it on there to illustrate my point).
With the remaining list, take a look at what is likely to have the largest “upside” if completed, or the worst “downside” if left incomplete. It’s not rocket science. From this sample list, I would zero in on “update/create a will” as having the greatest potential for a bad downside if left unattended. Similarly, since I value my health highly, I would put “sign up for yoga” high on the “upside” part of my scale.
Once you’ve done that, it’s just a matter of making an appointment with yourself, and putting it on the calendar. Get a “tuit buddy” if you need to. Have that person call you at the appointed time, to give you a gentle nudge. Actually create an appointment with enough time to accomplish the task. About 30 minutes should do it to sign up for a class. That would include research.
Don’t Forget to Celebrate
From personal experience, I have found that a small celebratory gesture is the best way to “seal the deal.” If it’s a small thing like signing up for a class, taking a few minutes to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee would be an appropriate reward. If, on the other hand, you’ve just finished cleaning out the fridge, a nice dinner out might be a perfect treat. But that’s just me. You should do whatever floats your boat. Or turns your tuits into donuts!