Odd Jobs

Dear World

Who on earth is interested in Odd Jobs?

Why would anyone want to be doing Odd Jobs?

What is the purpose of completing Odd Jobs?

Would it be true to say we all have odd jobs that require action?

Would it be true to say we have odd jobs that never get done?

Would it be true to say we simply have no time for odd jobs?

Would it be true to say we are not interested in odd jobs?

Would it be true to say that odd jobs are never a priority for us?

Would it be true to say that we avoid odd jobs at all costs?

Would it be true to say that odd jobs bug us but we do nothing?

Would it be true to say that we ignore odd jobs that annoy us?

Would it be true to say that odd jobs need our attention?

Would it be true to say that these odd jobs keep piling up?

Would it be true to say that we hope odd jobs would go away?

Would it be true to say that odd jobs make our to do list too long?

Would it be true to say we feel overwhelmed with our list of odd jobs?

Would it be true to say that after a year the odd jobs are still there?

Would it be true to say that we are just too busy when it comes to finding time for small odd jobs?

Would it be true to say that the odd jobs outstanding are now bugging us and giving us a headache?

Would it be true to say that we have yet to find the time and space to Get On With the odd jobs list that really needs prompt action?

What is it about us that keeps procrastinating and making Excuses when it comes to our odd jobs?

What if we simply took a half day off and made the odd jobs a Priority?

What if we actually Stop, Just STOP and took stock of ALL the things that need our attention and made a list?

What if we just made a start and see where we go with –

Tidy up the messy room with the clutter

Sorting out what we need and what can go

Getting the shoes to the repair shop as it’s well overdue

Taking the stuff to the recycle place that’s clogging the hallway

Going to the sorting office to collect the package as we got a note

Trotting down to the key shop and getting the extra key cut now

Collecting our dry cleaning that’s sitting in the shop for weeks

Taking the clothes that are piling up to the charity/goodwill shop

Dropping off those items to the local community place that have been clogging up our space for way too long

Booking the GP appointment without any further delay

Taking the offer to have our Breast Screening appointment without further delay and excuses

Making sure we get the Prostate check-up appointment booked now, not later as later is not the answer

Booking to see the opticians now as the reminder note is a year old

Booking the dentist as we can no longer avoid this important job

Booking the car in for the overdue service as that is our Responsibility

Use a damp cloth and wipe down all suitcases and other luggage

Putting our suitcase away as it’s been 6 months since we used it

Getting the odd job man to do the bits we need help with

Organising the wheelie bin wash every month

Fixing the small leak that bugs us everyday

Getting the toilet seat replaced as its broken

Fixing the screw that is loose on the saucepan handle

Getting the doorbell fixed or replaced so no more missed parcels

Replacing the batteries in the clock so it shows the right time

Sewing the button on so we never need to feel the ‘must get it done’

De-fluff the jumpers gently and slowly – this odd job deserves a steady hand

Making a note at the end of our diary for important dates next year, then deleting the email that is hanging around

Making the phone call which we have been putting off for no reason

Taking action by making the calls to change utilities, instead of constantly moaning about it and letting the months go by

Actually doing the paperwork and filing that is well overdue

Checking the bank and credit card statements thoroughly and reviewing the ins and outs so we know exactly where our money life is

Making sure we follow through and file our statements in the right place

Actually sitting with the post and opening it as a starting point, then seeing the value of this important job

Seeing that opening the pile of post is a step in Responsibility

Returning the mail to sender, which is now a huge pile by the front door

Getting rid of the old catalogues that we never read or even want near us

Going through the stack of books which just sit on the floor and do nothing but annoy us

Finally Letting Go of the old newspaper cuttings that are so old

Taking action by dealing with those odd emails that niggle us

Looking at our pending folder and dealing with it one by one

Selling those items online that we have been banging on about to others, but never done anything about

Letting go of the big box with empty boxes as it has had 4 house moves and been of no use so far

Clearing out the empty jars and containers from the kitchen cupboards, which have never seen daylight in years

Review first-aid box – tidy up, discard and replace what is needed

Clear out then clean the glove compartment in the car
Keep only what is needed

Cleaning the fancy shoes and putting them back in their box for another occasion

Removing the dry crusty mud from our wellies we wore last autumn, as it’s now summer and they are staring at us saying ‘clean me up please’

Cleaning out the shed that has never seen a human in 3 years

Bringing life to our dead curtains by washing them this year

Clearing out the office drawer because we can never find anything

Dealing with the odd bits in the dumping drawer in the kitchen

Cleaning out the unit under the sink as we hate to look at it

Clean the extension leads that we seem to use a lot

De-scale the iron as the light is always reminding us

Give the microwave a deep clean in and out with the right stuff

Clean the kettle with a de-scaler instead of the easy option – buy a new one

Wash the cloths used for cleaning glasses using mild detergent and rinse thoroughly

Washing the hairbrushes and combs that look old and manky

Giving the fridge a deep clean that it deserves and throwing out all the stuff which is well out of date

Washing and drying gently every pull out shelf in the freezer and letting go of food that’s been in there since day dot

Going through the loft and being Real and Honest that we don’t need to hang on to the stuff anymore

Getting real that the cellar does not need to be a hoarding Just in Case space any longer

Hello

What if we just make a start instead of putting off the Odd Jobs?

What if we could feel at the end of one task, which one needs our attention next?

What if we actually started to take small steps to carry out the Odd Jobs tasks?

What if we stop and Appreciate just for a moment when we complete an Odd Job task?

What if we put our Focus and Priority on one job at a time and see what happens?

What if we feel better inside simply by dealing with these undealt with jobs?

What if our body says Thank You as it does not have the tension of Holding On to all these Odd Jobs?

What if our body feels the dragging of carrying daily all the un-actioned Odd Jobs?

What if Odd Jobs in some way actually drain our life force?

What if Odd Jobs are confirming that we are not closing cycles? – read our blog about Closing Cycles?

What if taking action so we never have a long list of Odd Jobs helps us to Flow in life?

What if we have more energy just by simply dealing with our Odd Jobs so it never gets to the point where it feels too much to get on with?

What if we made a choice to not book the escape weekend break away and instead took that time to deal with our never ending Odd Jobs list?

What if we made a choice to not watch TV or distract ourselves on Social Media and used the time wisely to deal with Odd Jobs?

What if we took a much needed rest away from the Internet and made the effort to get some Odd Jobs done?

What if we could live a life where we no longer have a list of Odd Jobs because we now choose to deal with things with an immediacy, instead of a delay?

What if we have a Responsibility to deal with our Odd Jobs so our body does not have to hold the tension?

What if the choice to action our Odd Jobs gives us the much needed space we have always wanted?

What if all the tips in this blog are worth considering as they come from real life lived experience?

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Comments 13

  1. Ha! This is a brilliant blog. What a great subject – one that surely touches every person on the planet.

    I have to say, I absolutely love getting odd jobs done. There is such a sense of completion when you do it. But I also have to say, they do sometimes hang around like a bad smell in our house, popping into our line of sight and draining our brains.

    When I finish an odd job, or make sure our household deals with one, the next thing presents itself with ease – there is certainly a flow and it is great to feel how effortless that is. Who needs a list if you have that?!

    However, what I realise reading this blog is that there is rarely a pause when I finish an odd job – a pause to appreciate that completion. It is like the odd job is sometimes treated as an irritation, rather than a detail of life to be taken care of.

    And yet there is such joy in the ‘little’ things – the things that help life flow. That really comes through in this blog.

    For which, thank you Simple Living Global – I am printing it out now for the whole family.

  2. What a brillant blog. I love those odd jobs. It allows me to close cycles but equally pay attention to things that require my attention.

    I notice when I do not get those odd jobs done things feel cluttered around me. Like Jenifer has said it is like a bad smell.

    Odd jobs for me is about paying attention to detail. This blog is a great reminder how important attention to those odd jobs really are.

    1. Yes I agree Priscilla, odd jobs are for me also about paying attention to detail, as they are usually the not obvious big things that we deal with and give priority.

      There is a real flow in my life when I deal with odd jobs. It is like I can see more in life of what is needed and by dealing with odd jobs at home, I notice that in the office I see detail that I would have missed before. My vision is sharper. I know this might seem far fetched, but I do notice that when I clear things up, no matter how small, it does give me the space to see more.

      So what if our sight is not just dictated by genetics?

      What if consistently dealing with practical tasks like odd jobs support our vision?

      What if the way that we live in life and whether we are willing to go further and attend to the detail and not just deal with what is right in front of our nose, makes a difference to what we then see?

  3. I absolutely LOVE this blog like I love this website.

    It is so real and practical.

    I thoroughly enjoy doing odd jobs and completing them.

    Not in a – “I have to get it done” kind of way but because I know that odd jobs hold value.

    Attending to the odd jobs, as listed by the author of this blog is equally as important as the things that we do that people get to see.

    I see odd jobs as part of my foundation in life and KNOW that I cannot progress or excel in the world if I have things left undone at home for example, even if it is clearing out a drawer.

    Everything has to be looked at constantly if we truly want to grow – so what if odd jobs help us to evolve?

    I know that my life has changed immensely by choosing to get things done and not leaving them hanging around, no matter how small.

    That reminds me, I have an odd job to do of registering with a new GP surgery, following my house move that I need to get on with.

    Thank you Simple Living Global for the reminder.

    1. “I see odd jobs as part of my foundation in life and KNOW that I cannot progress or excel in the world if I have things left undone at home for example, even if it is clearing out a drawer.”

      Shevon, it is very interesting what you say here. That you cannot deliver ‘out there’ if you haven’t taken care of things at home.

      This is a refreshing way of looking at things, that makes absolute sense to me. However, I am wondering how many of us know that and live this way today.

      So I can be out there doing ‘important work’, but if my home is a mess or I haven’t taken care of the everyday details of my life, what I deliver at work will be degraded by that.

      It also feels like this is a form of self care. Caring for the home and caring for the admin of life = caring for you.

      So the more we care about and take responsibility for the odd jobs, the more that can resonate when we do go ‘out there’ in life, as we will take the attention to detail and the responsibility and the high standards out with us to others.

  4. Thank you for this utterly fantastic blog.

    Like those commenting above, I too enjoy getting odd jobs done.

    Once an odd job is done, I do tend to feel the sense of completion that comes with closing a cycle.

    I also often notice the increased spaciousness that’s felt in the body when an odd job is completed and the thoughts tied to that particular job (“I’ve got to get around to doing X some time”, etc) have been released on completion of the task.

    However, there is something mentioned in the blog that I don’t do. I don’t pause on completion of an odd job to appreciate myself or to appreciate a job well done.

    I love this idea of pausing to appreciate after the completion of a task and I’m going to do my best to do it from now on. After odd jobs and, indeed, after big jobs too.

  5. Odd Jobs for me are super important and the good news now is that it does not bother me if there is a list to get on with.

    Procrastinating and avoiding is not how I action so that is also good.

    On Sunday we had some support and the garden sheds were not only cleaned and cleared out, but every single thing was reviewed and I could honestly feel the lightness at the end of our garden. It’s like something dense and heavy had gone.

    I know that if we don’t take any action and just avoid these niggly things that bug us because they need doing – we simply carry this around in our body and it causes tension and feels like a draining of our life force.

    I for one am always looking at what else could be reviewed and refined whilst the list of odd jobs get done. Time is allocated and a date and then it is serious business.
    That means no deviating, excuses or wavering – just simply GET ON WITH IT https://simplelivingglobal.com/get-on-with-it/

    There is fun and a lot of joy getting things done that have been hanging around.

    Like a cycle completes and at the end with a deep Appreciation, I always know what’s next. The important thing in all of this for me is to not push or try and do more.

    If my body needs a rest then that is a priority.

    When I do the actual task in hand, things just come to me like missing pieces of a jigsaw and it is like I go into a space, a zone where I can access wisdom, things become clearer about something I have been questioning or I just know, because I have a realisation.

    This to me is worth gold because I know the time was not wasted – in fact it is well worth my time doing odd jobs and seeing them through to the end, without the need for perfection.

  6. What was really great for me this week, I was working away and they were long days. But I was able to complete a few small odd jobs such as making telephone calls and sending important emails without the need to push.

    In the past, I would literally push myself to do everything in one hit, without any care for myself or my well being.

    This weekend there will be one or two odd jobs. But my focus will be rest and sleep.

  7. This weekend my partner and I cleaned the windows and curtains (amongst other odd jobs). Not only did the rooms feel fresh, but there is a light feeling running through the house.

    Like Jenifer, odd jobs are most definitely part of my Foundation. This blog inspires me more to get on with my odd jobs.

  8. Thank you for this marvellous blog.

    I enjoy doing odd jobs and I totally appreciate the value and importance of closing cycles.

    However, right now, I have a number of odd jobs outstanding and can really feel that they need to be done.

    So, why am I not doing them? I feel that the biggest reason is that I am utterly exhausted and I don’t have the capacity right now to do everything I would like to do each day.

    This blog had been a reminder to me that addressing my exhaustion has to be my number one priority and that will help me immensely in working through my list of odd jobs.

  9. Oh the joy of odd jobs.

    Weekends are when these get done in our house. The jobs pile up and things feel incomplete if we don’t protect that time.

    Much has been processed and completed this weekend and it feels great.

    The kids feel it too.

    – Homework gets overwhelming and dissatisfying if it builds up.
    – The bedrooms get disorderly and it starts to impact quality of sleep.
    – The shoes can’t be worn when they are needed because they haven’t been cleaned.

    … The list goes on.

    I love that this blog shines a light on this basic human thing called odd jobs and reminds us that it’s the simple stuff really that brings a flow to life.

  10. Sometimes I can really underestimate the effect of not attending to all these odd jobs, when actually they are so important because life feels overwhelming and complicated when we don’t do them.

    When I know that I have ignored and keep ignoring doing x,y and z then I feel it as a constant tension thats stays even if the ‘big’ jobs get done.

    It is nearly a relief to read this blog. Wow, someone who really understands the stress of having all these odd jobs that are outstanding. But more so, someone who understands that the seemingly small, seemingly ‘insignificant’ jobs are key. And someone who understands that our bodies are actually asking us to do them, and suffer when we don’t.

    We like to see these odd jobs as less significant, less important than the big jobs. But they have a big impact on our bodies.

    This blog is so enjoyable to read as it is giving full permisson for me to do the odd jobs, no matter how small they seem. My body gets full attention and feels it when I do these odd jobs. It gets listened to.

  11. I have just come to realise a bit more about this ‘odd job’ stuff and that is there is a timing and if we just think we can force and deal with the task in hand, it would be true to say that it will not hold the quality.

    Best to do things when we feel in the flow zone that day and the space just opens up.
    I will expand on this with real life – lived experience.

    In the past when I have done odd jobs with pressure, the clock thing or feeling like things are messy, must tidy up – it may be out of sync.
    In other words, not when my body was up for it and not in my rhythm as other things needed my attention first.

    Now I know there is a timing for everything and that does mean we need to tune in and pay attention. The Plug in and Connect blog on this website is a must if any reader wants to get what I am presenting here.
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/plug-in-and-connect/

    Back to Odd Job talk
    As a serial writer and that means a strong commitment to writing everyday with a quality and consistency, I am sometimes aware of my deadlines and in particular with blog writing.

    Well I have come to learn – don’t bother clock watching, checking the date or any other nonsense that puts pressure on or feels like our mind is being fed with a force to complete the job. All this will affect our body and take it from me, it is not the truth.

    Classic example is today – yes there is a deadline

    Do I look like I am in any rush or even bothered about the clock ticking away?
    Am I distracted or lost the plot and in the danger zone – certainly not.

    Instead I made a choice to look at the odd jobs in the office that needed action.
    With absolute focus, I got on with it and in no time things were getting done like –

    Return of junk mail to senders which I have a way of doing using sticky labels and highlight pen.

    Odd notes where action needed to be taken
    Check emails recently that needed action
    Phone calls to book/change appointments
    Important reading needed printing – done
    Filing and bringing more order – done
    Thank you cards needed writing – done
    Pending tray needed a review – done

    Well the thing I noticed was odd jobs were getting done at supersonic speed but the clock was barely moving. Interesting

    Then this just led to more – a list ready for odd jobs outside with items ready to go…
    Pharmacy
    Dry Cleaners
    Post Office
    Sewing shop
    Bank

    No effort – just pure flow zone (another blog worth reading)
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/living-in-the-flow-zone/

    Back to the deadline
    I feel an enormous amount of space and clarity because of shifting the odd jobs and there is actual order and space that can be felt in the office.
    Now when I write to complete this deadline – there is room for this valuable important piece of work BUT not seeing it as more important than the odd jobs is key.

    We often have this habit of putting value to certain things instead of seeing and feeling that everything is the same and this same same leads to a one life of seamlessness where we just move from one thing to the next without big gaps that may be called distractions, lazy days or can’t be bothered days.

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