Just one thing done

Well, today was a successful failure!  Huzzah!

I had narrowed my “to do” list to the six most important things to maximize my chance at success.  (This did not include the math teaching I do with Boys #1 & #2, which I do every day.  Or eating.  You get the idea.)

It soon became obvious, however, that all six things were not going to be done.  In fact, it became obvious that only one of them would.  However, it was the most important of the things, and it was worth the time spent, even if items #2-6 have to wait until tomorrow.

And I suppose that’s all I’m very briefly blogging about tonight: Sometimes it’s OK if you only get one thing done. Just make sure that it’s the right thing.

(Addendum: While my wife is working on a project in the garage/wood shop, she tripped the circuit breaker.  Being down here in the basement, I quickly flipped it back on.  So I have now accomplished two things.  Double Huzzah!)

8 thoughts on “Just one thing done

  1. Linda

    In other words: No matter how well you plan. No matter how well God has blessed you with the ability to reason, and then to do; some times there is a monkeywrench in the works of a day.
    Monday, I am having one of those, I have completed the most of two projects and have an idea about the third. LET IT WAIT.

  2. Moana

    Thank you, Mr. Smith, for letting me have the realization that Im not alone in this struggle (only getting 1 thing done on a list)!!! 😀 Hope you have a great (& productive) Tuesday!

  3. cindy

    I’m never really sure why so many people are hooked on the “need” to get a LOT of things done every day. If we do “just one thing” per day, we can (and will) accomplish sooooo much in time (or is that “with time”?). Maybe this is what God would like us to learn- to slow down, appreciate what it is we have with Him, to move forward one step at a time and to enjoy Life along the way.

  4. James

    The following is something I found that relates to your post. I thought you might enjoy this:

    Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D.: Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
    This is how it develops:

    I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

    As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
    I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

    But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left.

    My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the study to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
    As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye; they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter and I discover my reading glasses I’ve been searching for all morning.

    I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

    I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs. But first I’ll water the flowers.

    I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

    At the end of the day:
    • the car isn’t washed
    • the bills aren’t paid
    • there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
    • the flowers don’t have enough water
    • there is still only one check in my checkbook
    • I can’t find the remote
    • I can’t find my glasses
    • and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys
    Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.

    Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember to whom it has been sent. Don’t laugh; if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming.

    Growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional. Laughing at yourself is therapeutic.
    P.S I just remembered: I left the water running in the driveway.

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