Oh my friends. Who can believe we’re still relying so much on Zoom? Everybody, that’s who.
Last Sunday I went to a giant—and I mean hundreds of people (all masked) giant—memorial service. Three hours. Indoors.
Of course my seatmate tested positive for Covid the following day. Now I am in quarantine until my own testing will be meaningful. So once again, I am thankful for Zoom and everyone who’s not too weary to meet me there.
I hope that includes you! For it is time to throw the Second Annual MDK Odious Tasks Party, wherein self-care means taking care of those things that, unlike us, simply will not take care of themselves.
If you joined last year, you’ll know we got a logic-defying number of things done. That’s the power of powering through in a group. Things we can’t face alone—whether that seems logical or not; no judgement and I mean that so seriously—are easily dispatched when we have reinforcements. Examples:
- calling creditors
- making medical appointments
- finding the paperwork for that will you’ve been meaning to write since you turned 40
- reading the fine manual for that tool you can’t figure out (which I agree should be figureoutable without a manual)
- Kondoing your social media and email lists or decluttering your desktop
- really reading financial statements
- cleaning behind those difficult things
- finding out where on earth you can donate the white elephant
- anything else you’ve been dreading, for whatever reason
There are so many things we can feel good about just taking the first step on! There is no need to start and finished a baker’s dozen of avoidances in one hour.
Bonus: Fellow MDKers are a treasure house of smart hacks! If you need help just thinking about how to proceed, Odious Taskmistresses are the ones to ask. Last year I had been despairing about a musty coat closet. Again, no earthly reason that should have paralyzed me, but it totally had me. Even after that closet ruined my Nicholas Kirkwood Chelsea boots! (Irreplaceable!)
Guess what there’s a fix for that, and the folks in the party gave it to me. No more ruined shoes. I also got through some tricky mending. While meeting people I’d only known through the comments, which: delightful.
And we all heard some good stories.
So if you’ve got anything in your to-do stack that you can’t do alone, let’s get you some backup.
In the MDK Shop
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Time: 11am-noon Eastern. We can do almost anything for 60 minutes, right?
Place: Here is the Zoom link.
Video on if you can! Mute for making odious calls.
If you can’t join us, you can participate in the comments. Tell us about your odious tasks below! We will cheer each other on.
More ideas here, especially for anyone wanting to host their own party: Barn-raising in the 21st Century