MY FATHER was regarded for his each day lists. Each and every yr on Dec. 26, he itemized the dozen duties that would allow him promptly eradicate any trace of Xmas. Not that he was a bah-humbug sort of male, but he did not dally when there was do the job to do. By nightfall, the tree was at the curb, my mother’s mechanical Santas were being in the attic and the breakable ornaments had been properly packed away in what he identified as their “babble wrap” (he also was recognised for malapropisms).

My father attributed the actuality that our house was normally in perfect maintenance to his lists. As he claimed, “They hold me in line, Scrutt Butt.” (This was a nickname, most likely a malapropism, he used interchangeably for me, my three brothers or any other dawdler he was fond of).

This month I solved to make my possess record of the property jobs I have been avoiding, and tick them off just one by just one in 2021. But I ended up with 47 objects on my checklist, and just on the lookout at it confused me. So I played some online bridge and then I took a nap.

But soon soon after I awoke, I read a voice in my head, form of like the Ghost of Post-Xmas Previous, and it mentioned, “Start by grouping very similar responsibilities collectively, Scrutty. It’s not rocket science.”

I did that and came up with five groups of décor assignments, which seemed like an improvement. And nonetheless each appeared to stand for its very own circle of procrastination hell. So I sought specialist help—not for the job by itself but for techniques to get oneself to really tackle the position relatively than goldbrick.