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Question #89675 posted on 05/12/2017 5:28 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm having a really hard time lately with doing things beyond pure work, pure play, and pure sleep--the mundane things like grocery shopping, cooking, tidying up my room, making an appointment, sending a package, etc. unless it's very urgent and there are negative consequences for not following through (such as paying taxes on time). This habit has been preventing me from working on some of my longer-term goals, like getting a passport. It's hard to feel motivated to take time away from my schedule for something like filing a passport application when I could be relaxing with my friends (many of whom are still in college) after a good day of work.

For some reason I used to not have this problem in college, but now it's even more important for me as an independent adult to be staying on top of these errands. How do I keep myself growing in the non-work areas of my life?

-My Name Here


Dear friend,

Ah, this is an overwhelming but relatable feeling. I had to call the dentist for a check-up today after putting it off for like... a week... and anticipation for that was the worst. That and sending a few necessary-but-intimidating emails plus going to meetings where I actually have to talk and try not to sound like a moron, and it's felt much like you describe it: easy to put off for more enjoyable things but the stress adds up until it crushes you.

Personally, I've found that the most helpful thing to do is make a checklist in the morning (or beginning of the week) and commit to yourself to do everything on it. You don't need to put all the things you need to do on one day/week, just enough that you'll feel like you've made a good dent in your duties and can finish everything in a good amount of time. That way, once you've finished the checklist, you feel accomplished and slowly the to-do list gets smaller until you're back on track in life. Then it's just maintenance.

Also, you may never find the motivation to do mundane tasks like those. Do them anyways. Even if you have to drag your feet through them the entire time, the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is so much better than slowly suffocating under all that you need to do. The feeling after is worth getting rid of the feeling before. Even just doing one thing a day should alleviate your stress considerably. Best of luck and hope you're able to accomplish these things in time!

-Van Goff


Dear you,

I've struggled with these things at times. I've found that what makes the most difference for me is eating right and exercise. When that's going well in my life, then it's not a struggle to do the extra things.