For most of us, there is a list of tasks that, when combined, become the bare minimum of what’s required in a week for healthy adult functioning. For instance, in addition to working at the job that takes care of you financially, you probably spend some portion of your week cookinging some food/eating healthfully, take care of your bills, cleaning up after yourself, and getting some sort of exercise, so that you don’t find yourself in a comparatively “worse” place than you were in the week before.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately- while you can always say things like “gym”, and “preparing a healthy meal to keep in the fridge” are relatively small to medium sized tasks, the fact is, they can take up a huge amount of time when they’re continuously marginalized due to procrastination. And let’s face it- a day that’s productively full of laundry, cooking, cleaning, and bill paying IS productive- but it isn’t really moving you forward on towards your big goals.
I’m trying a new tactic, where I make a conscious effort to really tack chores and other menial tasks onto the beginning and ends of my days- and that way, hopefully, there’s more time left over to focus on the difficult creative and entrepreneurial stuff.