This quick post has nothing to do with Upwards of Twenty but is a quick way to hold myself accountable. This month I am focusing on “Odd Chore April”, which involves me accomplishing an odd chore each day.
So what is an odd chore? Well this is any unusual task around the house that I have been putting off due to time and resources. A short list of some of these tasks:
- Fixing patio pavers
- Fixing sprinkler leaks
- Rerouting a sprinkler zone
- New sod plugs in front yard
- Caulking bathtub
- Cleaning vents fans
- Repainting air conditioning grates
- Cleaning out a drawer or closet.
The list will continue to grow as I find new things. In my initial handwritten calendar I added some larger projects for the weekend and smaller tasks for the evenings after work. I am on day four and so far I fixed a cracked sprinkler pipe in the front yard, ordered replacement primer bulbs for my weedwacker and edger, and cleaned two vent fans. I also called and had my alarm system reduce my monthly bill by 28% and was able to get rid of an additional $20 reoccurring monthly charge. So far I am off to a good start. I will try to post a follow-up to this short-term goal later in April.
Accomplishing these small tasks remind me of video i watched of a commencement speech by Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas, Austin:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”