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The Just ONE Thing Challenge April 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.

Well, I’m making progress with my Just One Thing challenge, but . . . One Thing often turns into Another Thing.

By way of example, I updated my antiquated list of account passwords.  Rather than just re-writing the list, which would have taken less than an hour, I tested each account for access and updated my profile on each site.   

Tedious is an understatement.

After updating the list of passwords, I realized that we should store a copy  “off site” in a secure location “just in case.” 

Before running the list over to our safe deposit box, I decided to make copies of the front and back of credit cards and driver’s licenses to put in the box for safe keeping.

That made me realize that I need to update our Family Record which lists  accounts, credit cards, insurance, doctors, etc.

That made me realize . . .

Well, you get the point.   Crossing one item off my “To Do” list resulted in six more to do’s on the list.

At this rate, instead of completing the list by the end of April, I should complete my list by the end of May . . .  


2016 . . . if the trade winds are favorable. 

No rules.  Just write!

What say you?  Do you find it frustrating when one thing leads to another?  

Related posts:  Just One Thing * I feel G~O~O~D!!! 


1. Tokeloshe - April 14, 2011


Would you believe it’s snowing again?
Have a lovely weekend 😉

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Wow! There has been more snow this year than I ever remember hearing about. Maybe it’s because of internet access to so many places, but it seems like more than that.

Hope Spring returns soon.

souldipper - April 14, 2011

I’ve just declined a trip to Tokeloshe’s city with my brother – largely for that reason: Snow! I just mowed my lawn the other day.

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

I would have made the same decision. 😀

I love the smell of fresh mown grass early in the Spring.

2. Carol Ann Hoel - April 14, 2011

Yes, I get frustrated when one thing leads to another. I try to keep life simple. Tackling your list makes your life simpler. You are preventing fires that you will not have to put out later. Thank you for the inspiration. Blessings to you, Nancy…

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Thanks, Carol Ann. I’m beginning to see why I postponed tackling some of the items . . . I expect that I knew that just one thing would lead to another and another and another.

Still, I am making progress AND am also feeling more motivated to exercise. So, it’s all good.

3. Cindy - April 14, 2011

You’ve made me feel guilty, that’s a lot of good things you did. The only thing I did from my list was ‘cook something with cranberries’. Proud of you.

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Thanks, Cin. What did you cook? 😀

I am making progress on some of the “stale” items . . . by slogging steadily uphill.

4. Rosa - April 14, 2011

In fact, you just added several things to My to do list! I haven’t done any of those things in a long time! Thanks a lot for giving me more to do! Haha

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Sorry, Rosa. This post should sound more upbeat. I’ve gotten tons done in the past week ~ including the taxes. Yay!!!

It’s just that my list seems to be growing longer, rather than shorter. 😀

5. Greg Camp - April 14, 2011

Eh? That’s life. Big things are made up of lots of little things, so we just have to take care of the little things to manage our living most of the time. I do think that the world would be better if we didn’t have so many unnecessary additions to our lists.

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Part of the endless treadmill we’re on is fueled by fear . . . we want to protect against the “what ifs.”

Sometimes, I just shrug and say, “That’s not going to happen.” Other times, I feel that I need to at least run through the motions.

6. Tilly Bud - April 14, 2011

Tedious, but worth doing.

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

With the passwords especially. I had them listed in 6 different places, with cross out and arrows and erasures.

Whenever I needed to “refresh my memory,” I had to find the right sheet, and then decipher the chicken scratch.

Not an ideal system. 😀

7. souldipper - April 14, 2011

I certainly identify with this, Nancy. The unending chain of “what ifs”. I’ve wondered how people put the “intangible” aspect of life back together after Nature strikes a blow. How do you get a passport when all your ID is buried? I remember meeting a woman from L.A. about 15 years ago who hid all her money and legal papers in a hole in the dirt floor of her old garage. I was awed by this woman having so many fears. Maybe she actually has fewer than most of us! 😀

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

In MD, we didn’t have a Safe Deposit Box. We just kept important papers at home. Once we moved here, the bank’s location was convenient and the rates for checking account holders were reasonable. We decided it made sense to move things “off site” for safe keeping.

Even with the non-existent interest rates these days, I’ve never been tempted to bury my cash in a dirt hole. But if the bankers don’t start behaving, we may do just that! 😀

8. Penny - April 14, 2011

Nancy, your “To Do” list is going well. You’ve given me thoughts-I need to add to my “To Do” list. Thanks ! 🙂

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

You’re welcome. And good for you. Here’s to getting it done! 😀

9. barb19 - April 14, 2011

You are making good progress – in spite of coming across all the other little ‘extras’. One thing leads to another . . . so true! You will get there though!

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Thanks, Barb. I’m actually feeling good about the progress, even if a few new tasks have appeared on the scene.

10. CMSmith - April 14, 2011

I bet you feel great after getting those things done. I need to do the same. I think I’ll add them to my list.

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

I am feeling better now that a few of these stale items have been crossed off.

And the inspiration to exercise has been an unexpected bonus ~ 7.0 mile bike rides yesterday and today, plus walking and T’ai Chi. Yippee!

11. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 14, 2011

Inspiring and maddening, Nancy! Thanks, and, well. . .no thanks! 😀

I definitely need to do the passwords thing, and you have inspiried me to do it. . .soon. . .I promise. Definitely by the end of 2012 or 2013! But I am duly impressed with your industry! I’m trying right now (taking a break) to get today’s post up while it’s still today!

nrhatch - April 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, PTC!

12. eof737 - April 15, 2011

Happens a lot and the darnest thing is that I see it coming, I go for it, and then I marvel at the endless “things” we get distracted by… LOL! 8)
I hope to be done someday in the near future. Speaking of which, every time I use that phrase, I ask myself: What the heck is the near future anyway? If it’s future, it can’t be that near… 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2011

I used to love the quote: “Hang on, the future is next.”

The NOW is dead. Long live the NOW 😀

13. bandsmoke - April 15, 2011

lol – I feel your pain! My life consists of a never-ending to do list, best of luck Nancy and congrats on what you have achieved – small steps to a greater good 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2011

The thing that I’m most psyched about is the walking and bike riding. So far, this week’s exercise (for 5 days):

Bike – 20 miles
Water Aerobics – 60 minutes
Walking – 5 miles
T’ai Chi – 60 minutes

14. frizztext - April 15, 2011
nrhatch - April 15, 2011

Ooh, I’ll have to swing by and check it out. I’ve been so busy this morning, that I haven’t been around yet.

Thanks, Frizz!

15. oldancestor - April 15, 2011

I think those folks who run egalitarian societies in the rainforest have it right and we have it wrong.

nrhatch - April 15, 2011

They probably don’t have to keep track of computer passwords to all the major blockbuster stores. 😉

16. clarbojahn - April 15, 2011

You put me to shame. I’m still working on working on how to find time for my WIP and other writing.

nrhatch - April 15, 2011

Aah, but you just had a lovely trip to NYC and Philadelphia. It’s all about life balance and it seems like you are quite balanced about life.

17. gospelwriter - April 15, 2011

Haha, yes, best not to even start, no? 😉

In answer to your question, I actually like when one thing leads to another – there’s a sort of music or in-the-flow feeling to it…

nrhatch - April 15, 2011

You’ve got a point, Ruth. Our attention draws us from one stepping stone on our path . . . to the next . . . and the next.

18. walterwsmith3rd - April 16, 2011

I always try to “live in the moment” while realizing that everything is in the state of change. One thing leads to another, but each is a moment unto itself.
Thanks for the post Nancy

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Wonderful practice, Walter.

When I ask “what do I want to do now?” . . . tasks seem to flow more smoothly then when I try to plan ahead by saying, “First, I’m going to do this. Then that. Then this.”

Allowing life to unfold in its own way and time, moment by moment, pays dividends.

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