Temptation of Completion

To Do Items

Right now I have 76 articles in my RSS feed, 1 unread email, 10 unwatched podcasts, 8 shows in my Hulu queue, 59 items in my Netflix queue and more items on my to-do list than I care to mention. Those numbers aren’t really that bad though. I feel like I can get caught up on them all if I just apply myself to them. I feel like I should get on that. Those number badges telling me how much I have undone are calling out to me.

Should I get caught up though? That’s really the question. Is it important that I get caught up on everything? The truth is that I’m never caught up on any of those numbers for long. Actually, at this point, I might be more caught up than I’ve been in awhile. A part of me really wants to get caught up. Maybe it even needs to get caught up. There is a part of me that likes to cross things off my list to do. The problem is that getting caught up on certain items will prevent me from completing more important items on the list. The numbers are a definite problem. I feel like I want to have lower counts and the best way to reduce those numbers significantly is to address the quick items. Getting rid of all the items in my RSS feed, catching up on podcasts and emails feels good, but isn’t necessarily the best use of my time. Instead, I should be crossing off items on my to-do list. Doing that will push me forward with my goals and possibly generate income.

I can’t shake the desire to reduce those counts of incompleted items though and I need to address that compulsion somehow. Maybe I need to do a cross bucket version of inbox zero and just delete everything that isn’t a to-do item. That might get me some relief and get me back on track. I know I was strangely boosted when my RSS feed accidentally had all items marked as read. It was distressing at first that I was missing out on a lot of knowledge, but ultimately freeing that I didn’t have to process the hundreds of items I was backed up. Realistically, there is always more to learn and more we can learn. If we can’t focus on what we need to do though, we’ll never get anything of consequence done. I plan to get started on that right now. As soon as I get caught up on my RSS feed…

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