Do One Thing

This blog is a variant on the “do one thing each day that scares you” concept.

The canopy above my bed.

The canopy above my bed.

On Sunday I finally put the canopy up above my bed. It was in storage for a while, then spent six months sitting on a chair in my bedroom. There was no reason why I did not hang it. No reason other than simple laziness and procrastination.

I don’t know what prompted me to hang it up. I suppose I was simply too tired of looking at it sitting in that chair.

I felt ridiculously accomplished after I hung it up. It’s silly that something so simple and that took all of 10 minutes could make me feel so good.

So I decided that I would institute a new challenge for myself – to do one thing every day that I’ve been putting off. It could be a small thing or it could be a big thing. It just has to be something. I’m sure we all have long lists of things that we plan to do someday. Whether it’s doing chores or emailing an old friend. We all have things that we avoid doing for no particular reason. But in the end, those things act as mental weight dragging us down, nagging at the back of our minds.

I’m not going to make any big declarations that I will no longer procrastinate or chart out which tasks I’ll take on each day. The road to productivity and mental clarity doesn’t have to be complex. It can be simple. In fact, I think it should be simple. We shouldn’t try to make life more complicated than it already is by creating more lists and the like. We should simply be and do – you know, LIVE.

That’s why I’m only tackling one topic of procrastination a day. Like I said it doesn’t have to be a big thing, as long as it’s something.

*This blog was originally meant to be published as Monday’s Daily, but was derailed by the dog.



  1. Things like that can give an insane sense of accomplishment. I sometimes have that “I didn’t manage to get any progress in my 8 hours at work today, BUT THOSE DISHES I JUST DID SURE ARE MIGHTY CLEAN!”…
    Also, the “do one scary thing each day” feels a bit contrived to me, while your idea is much more practical, and might well tie in with a very useful “do one thing that makes you happy each day”.
    Keep up the good work!


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