Right now I have a thousand things to do. I’m doing one of them.
Right now I have a plan. It is to do this one thing out of a thousand things. When I am finished with this one thing, I will do another. And another, and another. I will continue working at this list of a thousand things. It will look like I am getting things done. I will be, but the list will not end. For each thing I finish, another one will go on the list.
My husband has five things for me to do. I haven’t told him my plan, because it has no end. Plans usually have ends.
He will want me to do these five things, and I will do them. My list of a thousand things will wait.
Each of my children have seven things for me to do. I haven’t told them my plan either.
They will want me to do those fourteen things, and I will do them. My list of a thousand things will wait again.
When I complete these nineteen things for my family, I will pick up where I left off and do one of the thousand things that I have planned to do on my list that has no end.
And things will pile up, and I will fall behind.
But I am only one person, and I can only get one person’s worth of things done. Right now there are a thousand things that are on my list. Twenty of them are crossed off.
Tomorrow, I plan to pick up my list and start again. Twenty things will be added to the list, and tomorrow, like every day, I will have a thousand things to do.