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Why Having a “Power Day” Makes Running Errands Bearable

posted: 11/06/17
by: Kristine Boyd

We all have a list in our mind, or perhaps we have a beautiful bullet journal, of all the things we need to get done but never actually have a chance to do. We have to get the car washed, go to dentist appointments, send out birthday cards and so much more. It's hard to get motivated to run boring errands when you could be doing other things. However, as uncompleted tasks pile up we can feel overwhelmed. Constantly having a to-do list in the back of our minds is going to make us feel even more stressed. This is why everyone needs a "power day"!

Agree, disagree?? ? What makes difficult tasks easy? Enthusiasm. ? ? #GretchenRubin #SecretsOfAdulthood

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Gretchen Rubin, author and happiness expert, recently talked about having a power day on her weekly podcast. What exactly is a power day? This is a day where you check off all the little things that have been on your to-do list for a long time. You commit one day to completing all those nagging tasks. When you have a power day, you are able to get all of these things crossed off your list. This allows a fresh start and a breath of fresh air for your mind.

I have a love/hate relationship with 'to-do' lists...I usually start the day making my list and then abandon it almost immediately. I started using a running list professionally in my old life (at a bank) when my list was always longer than my day. Since, starting to use it in my SAHM life I am doing so much better with sticking on task at home. I start the week by writing down all the things I want to do on Monday and any other tasks I want to get done this week. Tomorrow, I will move everything not completed onto Tuesday's list, along with my 'Tuesday' jobs. By Friday, I will have completed all the 'must do' jobs, as well as a couple of the little 'it would be nice if I finished...' jobs! #lists #todo #todolist #sahm #iusedtobeprofessional #iusedtobeaproatthis #chores #housework #housewifery #toddlermom #shelooksforgrace

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By referring to this as a "power day" will actually make you excited to complete these tasks. It will be like a fun challenge to see how much you can get done in one day. Gretchen even recommends inviting a friend to your power day. Call it an errand date! You can walk around town, running your errands while catching up with a good friend at the same time. This is a great way to spend time with a loved one while also being productive. If you are spending time with your friend, you won't even notice you are running errands. This is an easy trick to make pesky errands bearable!