Stop Putting It Off

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One of my least favorite household chores is cleaning the bathrooms. It’s one of those chores that’s so easy to do but I always put it off until the bathroom is, well, pretty dirty. In fact, the other day, Trent said, “I guess I need to clean the commode.” He’s so sweet that he would have cleaned it but I asked him to leave it because it reminded me that cleaning the entire bathroom is on my “to do” list.

So, yesterday as I was scrubbing away I started pondering. I mean, how many times do I put off easy projects just because I don’t want to do them? I spend more time thinking about putting off the project that needs to be done when I could have already finished it and it could be off of my mind.

One of my monthly goals is to finish a cross stitch picture that I’ve been working off and on with for the last, well, at least, four years. (Yes, I’m hanging my head in shame.) When I last put it down I had finished the stitching. When I started the outlining it was quite clear that the pattern was so very, very hard to follow. So, I gave up. Before I picked it up again, each time I walked past the bag holding the picture I automatically shrugged knowing that it was something that I had started but needed to finish. That’s why I decided to put it on my monthly goals – so that I wouldn’t have to shrug each time I saw it and it would be out of my mind.

What do you keep putting off that you should just go ahead and do so you can get it off of your mind? Do you need to have a hard conversation, start a budget, clean out a closet, start a Bible study – it could be anything. I encourage you to join me and to get it done so you can get it off your mind. While the project may be hard in the beginning, you’ll be so glad that you started and finished it!

Thrifty T


  1. Candyfeathers

    Thanks for being honest and for sharing.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely! We’re all here to help each other and that’s not possible without honesty and opening up.

  2. jenlwilcox

    It reminds me that I keep putting off reading the book Eat Your Frog, probably so I can continue to put off the things I don’t want to do.  Which reminds me, I need to go clean our bathroom.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jen,
      I’ve heard that Eat Your Frog is a great book. I’d love to know what you think about it after you’ve read it! Now, there’s a bit of accountability for you! :O)

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