What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Mar 23rd, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Begin with making a list. Make a long list. That will take considerable thought and time. Once completed, review the list, determine a priority ranking; eliminate the ones that hold little to no interest. Keep refining the list or not. If not, then begin to assign time lines for the items you will undertake. Now that you have done the basic homework, you will also need to determine what each item on your list will take to accomplish its outcome.

Depending on the nature of the one making the list, this first task can take an inordinate amount of time. For those more impatient, it will move along quickly or be abandoned altogether, and the searcher will have to return to some other method for finding something to do when you don’t know what to do.

One of the things to do when you don’t know what to do is to clean out closets, drawers and other places of careless accumulation. This can take all day or longer, depending on the number of drawers, closets, and storage niches in your home. Be sure to have a waste basket near by.

Discriminate in your sorting. Don’t ever throw away something you might need. Otherwise you will have broken the basic rule of why you kept it in the first place. While this may become an exercise in rearranging instead of disposal, it surely will consume time.

Another enterprise, particularly for men, is to take on the garage. For this a much larger wastebasket will likely be necessary. It will also take longer and likely eventuate in having to remove tons of stuff to another location, a landfill or other suitable spot for such long-time kept treasures that “you were going to need someday.”

A cooperative undertaking could be attacking the attic or basement with similar intent. This will take courage, an agreement on how to avoid conflict over what will be kept and tossed, and a means for getting the stuff up or down the stairs.

If you have an outdoor garden shed, now that it is spring, get it ready for use during the growing season. Or, if its usefulness is well past, tear it down. Wait until an appropriately suitable day, one in which either or both parties is frustrated, angry or out of sorts with the other. The exercise and destruction will enable overcoming those feelings.

Now that you have found ways to create activity usefully, it should be easy to proceed down your list to the other things you so creatively thought up in the initial exercise.

If you give up on your list as you proceed, don’t blame me, I just offer suggestions.



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