Do No Things: Keeping it Manageable, Nothing Ambitious

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing. (Friday is also an acceptable day.)  

This week’s 1 thing was to get through the week. And I did it! WE ALL DID IT. I successfully left the house most days and I successfully stayed hydrated most days and I successfully ate at least some amount of nutrients most days and one day I even ate some kale. I took a few showers. I put up some blog posts. I called my mother on her birthday. You?


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joyballz (#2,000)

I took a bag of clothes to be donated! I remember reading last week or the week before that someone had a bag that was sitting around for about a year before being donated. I laughed and then stopped when I realized that I had a similar bag that was approaching the year mark. But it’s gone now!!

@joyballz Haha that was my post. It feels good to get rid of it, doesn’t it?

My one thing was DEFINITELY to get through the week, but also today I need to call my retirement account people and start contributing more to that because the amount that I contributed last year was paltry, to say the least. Although in all honesty I don’t think I’ll ever actually see a penny of it when I’m 65 and I’ll be working FOREVERRRRR.

But I can plan for otherwise, right?

aetataureate (#1,310)

@polka dots vs stripes You think your contribution to a private retirement plan of some kind will vanish? How . . . so?

@aetataureate Well it’s all in the stock market, right? So if there’s another crash (likely) when I’m 45 or older (limits the odds somewhat, but still possible), whoosh! there it goes.

I realize this is an incredibly simplistic and pessimistic view but I know too many people who lost much of their retirement in 2008 to have lots of faith in whether my money is going to be there when I’m ready to retire.

Bill Fostex (#573)

I came down with a cold yesterday, fell asleep at 7pm with the lights on, and woke up at 4:30am feeling surprisingly not-sick-at-all. I came to work, read some blog posts, made some hibiscus tea, and am currently in the process of continuing to exist, with no particular plans or ambitions.

I am really, really proud of you.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@Logan Sachon thx, logarithm sachorithm

Jackie @twitter (#2,084)

My 1 thing was to reschedule my daughter’s missed orthodontist appointment, which has typically been an epicly difficult thing for me to do, but today? Done and done, no muss, no fuss.

highjump (#39)

@Jackie @twitter My thing yesterday was to find a new dentist and schedule an appointment (I am new to the world of dental insurance) which turned out much easier than I thought. But why can’t you email these places? #phonefear

@highjump I know! I called a therapist to set up a consultation appointment and she told me to TEXT HER my availability if I couldn’t talk – it blew my mind. Why can’t I text my grumpy eye doctor?

Jackie @twitter (#2,084)

@highjump Text/emailing for appointments would rock my world, for serious.

probs (#296)

I did one thing yesterday, which was to submit another work order to fix my heater since they had clearly forgotten about me. It finally got cold enough to motivate me to go fill it out, and like all 1 Things it was wholly painless, easy, and fast.

I also need to call my sister to congratulate her on the 23rd anniversary of her birth today, but that is a delight, not a 1 Thing.

WhyHelloThere (#1,398)

I sent a condolence card to my great-aunt about the death of my great-uncle. It was really late, and I still feel guilty, but at least I got it done.

Holy fuck, do I hate writing condolence cards. I think that should count as at least two things.

probs (#296)

@WhyHelloThere that counts as any number of Things.

cawcawphony (#2,990)

Unfortunately, as I left for work yesterday my one thing became fix the flat tire on my car. Which I didn’t do yesterday and probably won’t do until tomorrow. To be fair to myself though, it was 9 degrees yesterday but should be a balmy 16 tomorrow.

Also, do I try to put on the spare which I have never done or call a tow truck or try some of that tire goo that you spray into your tire?

aetataureate (#1,310)

@cawcawphony Your insurance may cover a tow person doing it for you! Also, if your car is not that new, you could definitely try Fix-a-Flat (the goo).

cawcawphony (#2,990)

@aetataureate How did I not even think of that? But…I just check and no roadside assistance. And I did think of Fix-a-Flat but then I read on the interwebs that it can mess up you tire pressure sensors.

There’s always gonna be a first time for everything right? Watch out lug nuts, I’ma getcha.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@cawcawphony GOOD LUCK FRIEND! They might be stuck on. Don’t strip them.

cawcawphony (#2,990)

@aetataureate Thank you for the support- it actually worked out really well, and fairly cheaply I think. I ended up getting a membership to AAA ($60/year) which I’ve been meaning to do for oh, about 14 months. So they came and put on the spare and I took the flat to a tire place. They patched it and put on the new tire for $31.

So that’s great! Except that apparently I need new tire all together (a million dollars),

sockhopbop (#764)

My dad was in town this week so I didn’t do any 1 things besides go to work and then afterward eat food with dad and friends. I did a lot of dishes. Maybe that counts.

terrific (#1,532)

I filed my taxes (!)!

ThatJenn (#916)

@terrific You inspired me, so I did the same. Awesome to be done with it!

kellyography (#250)

@ThatJenn Hilariously, neither my actual full-time job nor my long-term part-time job has gotten me my W2s or 1099s yet, but a rando commercial job I had in the fall got everything to me last week. Like last year, I will probably not be able to file until way into February (which sucks, because Turbo Tax gives you a discount if you file in January).

ThatJenn (#916)

@kellyography Last year my crappy flaky job from the middle of the year (I had 4 mostly non-overlapping jobs in 2011, sigh) didn’t get me anything until March because they said they had forgotten to file for a FL tax number (they’re based in TX, me and my coworkers are in FL), and it took them until March to figure out that they didn’t NEED a FL tax number because there is no income tax in FL. Ugh.

Edited to add: this year I filed with just one W-2 for one full-time job, for the first time ever! I did itemize deductions, though, which made it a little more complicated.

Megano! (#124)

What if today that one thing is actually everything and all I want to do is curl up and watch The Wire all day?

la_di_da (#1,425)

@Megano! Legit. You do that one thing. And you do it well. Sub The Wire for cheesy bollywood films and I’m totally there with you.

@Megano! This is me with Star Trek TNG, exactly.

ThatJenn (#916)

My 1 thing this week was to contact someone about a job thing. I did not succeed in the way I planned, but I did manage to make contact with someone who used to hire me for freelance writing and she totally hired me back, so that’s cool (if a little nervewracking, because I’m already busy).

My other 1 thing was to send a birthday card to my best friend, which I just did!

ghechr (#596)

This week I finally got around to getting an estimate for a roof repair. Jesus Christ on a pogo stick this month has been a nightmare for home repair.

la_di_da (#1,425)

Sigh…I need to call my gym. I need to switch gyms from the 70/mo one to the 20/mo one. But I want to get one last good yoga class in…

faustbanana (#2,376)

This was definitely a “just staying upright/breathing” week, but I did manage to make some tasty Spicy Peanut Noodles, and compiled some really good lists of 1 things to do after my will to leave the apartment has been restored (probably sometime in April.)

aetataureate (#1,310)

THIS WEEK, what even was it? Can I say my 1 thing was that I recommended my friend for a job and she got it this week and starts Monday? Can that buy me some 1 thing karma for a while please.

Smoo99 (#3,117)

This week I finally got through to the stupid HR lady after FIVE phone calls, being put on hold, cut off and got my husband put on my insurance. This was not an easy thing. I did it as my One Thing.

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