My friend's dad was a great man - a man of integrity, and achievement, and kindness. We were at her parents' house this weekend, remembering and celebrating him, and I happened upon a piece he had written - for his grandchildren maybe? It basically explained how to set yourself up for a good and productive life. Yes, please, I'd like one of those. And one line in particular struck me - he said "Do one thing a day you don't want to do. It will give you discipline."
I love that - I'm good at getting a lot of things done in a day, but I'm not so sure I'm all that disciplined about it. Sometimes I'll figure there are so many things I need to get done that I'll just start running through the list and knock off the things that are most appealing.
This is not a bad system - things are getting done, and quickly, because you don't mind doing them. But I also think there's value in doing at least one thing you don't want to do - because there are lots of things that need doing that aren't too appealing, and to keep your life moving forward you're going to have to tackle some of them. So now, in taking this man's advice to heart, I'm going to make sure I do at least one thing a day that I don't want to do. I think he'd like that.