The Modern Habit of Self-Stressing

30 Dec

By McKenzie Malanaphy, Vocabulary Bungler and Heiress Extraordinaire

Have you ever have one of those “AHA!” moments when you realize that you’ve been walking around with a sort of broken record of harping messages beginning with ‘I should…” repeating in the back of your mind all the time? Me too. Also, this cannot be healthy. And yet I fear that if I were to turn these thoughts off I might cease to progress. And then there’s the part of me that relays thoughts such as, stop caring about all of that, already! What kind of life are you living if you waste your time thinking about all of that crap?!

It is the resolution season, and anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that the phrase, “I made a resolution to ___________,” is a well-worn, year-round statement of mine. Is this way of living normal? Read my “Should Do List”—you be the judge.

Top 25 Things I Know I Should Do but Don’t

  1. Save for retirement
  2. Save for taxes
  3. Stop spending money on eating out and coffee
  4. Actively follow my investments
  5. Mop my bathroom floor every few weeks
  6. Donate more money
  7. Consistently volunteer
  8. Network
  9. Post to my blog more often
  10. Floss every day without exception
  11. Separate my whites
  12. Think more long term
  13. Stop complaining
  14. Finish writing my novel already
  15. Dust my damn apartment
  16. Stop eating junk food
  17. Stop biking without a helmet
  18. Read more books
  19. Engage in the artistic/academic community more
  20. Spend more time reflecting on the bigger picture
  21. Stop caring about material wealth
  22. Be more grateful
  23. Read more news
  24. Be a more educated voter
  25. Become a member of mpr

Do you have your own should do list? If so, how does it compare and how do you cope with it?

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2 Responses to “The Modern Habit of Self-Stressing”

  1. Emily December 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Man, that list is proof that you’re doing fine. You should see what’s happening on mine…

  2. Maurice Mottillo January 27, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Great website, I really liked your entry.

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