This quote is so true because we are creatures of habit. We allow the urgent to run roughshod over the important. Sometimes we even welcome distractions so we don't have to deal with what we know we need to do to further our goals. It all seems so overwhelming at times.
Today I finished putting away all of my Christmas decorations. I looked around at my living room and saw a few things that needed to be done. Instead of letting the "to do's" become clutter in my brain and allowing them to make me feel guilty if I don't take care of them right away, I decided to put a slip of paper for each one in my job jar and I will then get to them when I get to them. This way they won't slip through the cracks and I can empty my mind of one more piece of trivia. I was going to then walk through each room of my house and make a list of everything that needs to be done in each room and add them as well to the job jar but that would have distracted me from the other things I was going to do today. So instead, I put another slip of paper in my job jar: to walk through each room of my house and make a list of everything that needs to be done in each room and add them as well to the job jar on individual slips of paper. So simple and not stressful.
It's all about taking baby steps ... we think of all the things we need to do or should do without realizing that everything will get done in its own time if we have a plan. My plan is to utilize my job jar this year and I think my job jar will be busy this year ... each day I will take out a slip of paper and spend 15 minutes working on whatever task I pick. I won't have time to dread doing it because it will be completely random. I know everything will get done ... eventually!