The Christmas rush is over, and you should be feeling calm. So what’s that subtle itch deep inside you? That one is tugging at you, haunting you, reminding you that despite all the holiday successes, you still never fixed that leaky faucet like you said you would. Lucky for you, the year’s not over yet, and there is a tailor-made day for you. On December 29, don’t forget to take advantage of Still Need To Do Day, when folks across the country will use the remaining time they have to make final checks on their year-long “to-do” list. In the downtime between opening presents and banging pots and pans, consider what you can get done in 24 hours this December 29.
Still Need To Do Day The Timeline
To-Do: Paint the Mona Lista
While the origin of to-do lists is unknown, Leonardo Da Vinci’s things-to-do lists are available for viewing.
Benjamin Franklin Loved Lists
Benjamin Franklin enjoyed creating lists to track his productivity and separate lists for tracking his virtues.
To-do lists of celebrities
One of John Lennon’s to-do lists included meeting with an HBO producer and reading books that he wanted to read.
A Procrastinator’s Guide
David Allen wrote and published ‘Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which amassed a cult following.
Still Need To Do Day Activities
- Tackle a job using YouTube
- Perhaps it hasn’t necessarily been a procrastination factor —you haven’t fixed the broken toilet lever because you don’t know how. Enter YouTube, where you can master virtually any simple housing repair through experts’ demonstrations. Often, the jobs you think are impossible aren’t so bad; you need to follow an example. Whether you want to claim to your spouse you fixed it all on your own is up to you.
- Get the family involved
- Perhaps this December 29, you can have a house-wide day of getting things done. Ask your kids to come up with their checklist so they can be satisfied with their progress and completing tasks. Or, you can create a central theme, such as everyone taking on duty in the kitchen, and by the end of the day, you’ll have gotten more done than you ever would have by yourself. This could be a great way to bring the family closer during the holidays.
- Just Do It
- Whatever you choose, the most important part of Still Needs To Do Day is to get it done. To make that happen, the most important —and most difficult —part is just to get started. You may not want to, and you may not even know how to, but getting started is the first and only step toward getting it done, as basic as that may sound. So, you’ve got two days left in the year and one day dedicated to getting things done.
Why We Love Still Need To Do Day
It reminds us we’re not alone.
If you still haven’t fixed that jammed garbage disposal, don’t beat yourself up. December 29 —and the fact that it’s celebrated around the country —serves as a reminder that procrastination is part and parcel of being human. We can take comfort in knowing that everyone needs a day to play catch up and also share in the misery of cleaning the gunk at the bottom of the oven. We’re all in this together.
It increases well being
There is ample evidence that completing tasks and making progress is critical for overall well-being. One Canadian study even found that procrastination directly correlates with obesity, poverty and depression. So, by committing one day to tick off a few more items, you can feel good about heading into the new year with a clear mind and a clean body (and home).
It enhances the holiday spirit.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a strange one. The kids are out of school, and perhaps the office is still closed, but the major celebrations are over. With Still Need To Do Day, you can make the most of this downtime. Making it a tradition for the entire household to take on unfinished business can add structure to an otherwise week-long free-for-all.