Pennsylvania has some very strange town names. When we used to travel through PA, one of the town we passed was Lackawanna. (I spelled it incorrectly on purpose, I know nothing about the town and don’t mean any offense to those who live there.) We often passed the sign for Lackawanna College. We would tease our boys that it sounded like the perfect college for them, as they weren’t particularly motivated students.

The other day, I had a “day off” in the middle of the week. I had an evening meeting, but otherwise an open schedule day. The phrase “I don’t want to adult today” went through my head and it occurred to me that I was dealing with a “lakawanna.” I just didn’t feel like doing any of the things on my to-do list. In fact, I didn’t feel like doing anything at all. Have you ever had a day like that?

I happened to have a very long to-do list. That may have contributed to my “lakawanna” attitude. It was a day off for me, and yet it was full of things that needed to be done. Or did they?

I examined my list. There were a couple must do’s on it, but the rest were really should do’s. Time to prioritize.

I should have saved my list to share exactly what I chose not to do that day, just to prove that all things are not must do’s. I know for a fact I didn’t print out our family Christmas newsletter, because I still haven’t done it. I am going to do that tomorrow. Yes, by then it will be a must do and at the top of the list, right after grocery shopping.

So, when you find yourself with a long to-do list and a “lakawanna,” remember that most likely all those things don’t have to get done that day, and prioritize.

*Note: if they really DO have to get done that day, have a cuppa coffee and get started! Maybe listen to some rockin’ upbeat music to get you motivated to get some work done. Grin.

*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach, in the Raleigh area.*