Why You Should Schedule a Catch Up Day

Monday, September 5, 2022

I'm gonna preface this post with the fact that I don't know if that's what I'm about to describe is even called, but that's what I call it.  A Catch Up day is a day that I take to get A LOT done...not necessarily the enormous projects that would end up taking the entire day, but more so the tiny tasks that we put off until they stack up and overwhelm us.  So here's why you should schedule a catch up day for yourself!

First off, a Catch Up day is a day I either schedule for myself by taking off work, promising myself I won't make any plans, etc. OR sometimes it's a day that I had different plans that change. Like most weekends in the summer, I spend at my neighbor's pool but when it's a rainy weekend, I'm stuck at home in the house so I use that time as a Catch Up day to get ALL of the things done.  
How to Schedule a Catch Up Day
First you will need to either schedule this day for yourself... maybe it's a day no one else in your house will be home and there are no major events on your calendar, so you KNOW that you'll be able to get things done.  Or maybe you have a day pop up that you have all this time and you get to take advantage of it AND tackle your to do list.  Either way... in order to have one... you also have to prepare for it.
How to Prepare for a Catch Up Day
First you will want to make a list of all the big and little things that you regularly put off or don't even think of doing.  Or maybe you think of them (you go to find something in a storage space and say to yourself that you should probably organize it soon) and then forget about them later.  If you're keeping a list of random tasks that's already a great start. But if not, you can still make this list by simply just sitting and thinking.  
Examples of Catch Up Day Tasks
There are all kinds of things to do on a Catch Up day which may or may not include things like: 
Repairing a broken item or piece of clothing
Taking an item to get professionally repaired
Cleaning out a space in your home you've been avoiding
Balancing your finances
Researching something you've been wanting to seek more information on
Taking inventory of your pantries and toiletries
Making a list/ordering things you've been needing or need to restock 
Deep cleaning your home
Purging your home
Organizing your home
Redecorating a living space
Transferring recipes to your main recipe binder
Hopefully those give you some examples of things but I'm sure you have your own list. All you have to do is ask yourself: What are things that need done that I have been putting off or haven't had time to do lately? 
These can be seasonal as well especially when it comes to preparing for a holiday gathering, shopping for gifts, and tax preparation.  
Why Catch Up Days Matter
When you get things done that you need to get done but have put off for a while you feel like you're on top of everything! There's no longer this invisible feeling or thought in your brain that interrupts you when you feel lazy saying "you should probably do XYZ". These are refreshing days to feel accomplished and cross stuff off your long term to do list. You can take it a step further and plan more of these so that you never really have a daunting task list with no time to do it, because after all, you will be MAKING time since that's the whole point, right? 

Now remember, these are days that you get this stuff done when there's nothing else going on. Don't try to cram it in when you have plans later in the day.  You literally need an entire day to just...well...catch up. 

Do you have Catch Up days currently? Do you think you could benefit from them?

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