Clearing Away Corpsies


Yes, I play Farm Heroes Saga. For those of you not familiar, it’s Candy Crush with healthy stuff. On level 71, Farm Heroes Saga introduces grumpy corpsies. These jaded fruits/vegetables spoil any match they become part of (the rotten apple spoils the barrel). They can be challenging and undesirable.  


Likewise, tasks can become grumpy corpsies. They’re the tasks that have been on your to-do list forever because you just don’t want to deal with them. Corpsies can make to-do lists unbearable.

I don’t even want to look at my to-do list when there are corpsies on it. This can make me rather grumpy.


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Clearing away corpsies fosters productivity. (click to tweet)


Do you have grumpy corpsies on your to-do list?

Here are 5 tips for clearing away those pesky corpsies:

1. Get Real About Your Corpsies

You must get real about whether or not you are actually going to accomplish this task. There are some tasks that you must do regardless of your lack of desire to do them, like registering your car or submitting your book outline to your editor. Then there are tasks that you would like to do but just don’t seem to get around doing them for a variety of reasons. Determine which tasks are a must and which are a desire so you can take the necessary action to remove it from your to-do list.

2. Say Goodbye to Desire Corpsies

If a desire has turned into a corpsie, it’s time to let it go. This doesn’t mean forever, just for right now. Let yourself off the hook, and put your focus and energies on those tasks that must get done and those that are currently flowing. I recommend creating a space for your desires to hangout until you are ready to work on them (ie, a pinterest board, a drawer, a notebook, etc). This way you honor the desire but don’t allow it to create corpsie gridlock on your to-do list.

3. Break Corpsies Down into Manageable Action Steps.

Sometimes tasks turn into corpsies because they feel overwhelming. Large tasks become manageable when we break them down into actions steps.  Write down all of the steps that need to happen in order for you to do accomplish the task. Break it down into ridiculously small and specific steps like turn on computer, free write for thirty minutes, etc. The idea here is to make the action steps completely do-able for you. 

4. Schedule It

Once you have broken down the corpsie into manageable action steps, identify the first three steps and schedule them. Be mindful not to schedule too many corspies on one day and insure that you give yourself extra time to accomplish this task as you may have to battle resistance. Once you have accomplished the three steps, move on to the next three. Do this until the task is complete. 

5. Rule of Threes

I’ve made a pact with myself that I only have to do three things a day that I absolutely don’t want to. Knowing that I only have to do three dreaded things a day, helps me get them done (it also feels so good when I cross them off the list). Use whatever quantity works for you. Even a pact to do one will get grumpy corpsies off that list.

I hope these tips are helpful to you. What are some of your corpsies? How do you clear them off of your to-do list?

Resistance Will Not Stop, Ever!

Elizabeth Ostler: Life's Echoes Creativity Coaching

I do this thing.

It’s not something I’m proud of.

Actually, it’s rather embarrassing.

I abandon projects.

Yep, it’s true.  The worst part is, I abandon the project when it’s almost done, and by almost, I mean like 80% to 90% done! Ridiculous, right!?

Even though I don’t do it all the time or even most of the time, it happens frequently enough that it warrants talking about.

First, there’s a difference between abandoning and ending a project. Sometimes it’s necessary to end a project before it is fully realized. If we do this deliberately and thoughtfully, it honors our creative journey and everything we gave to the project. It also allows us to metaphysically disconnect from the project, leaving us with a sense of closure.

Abandoning, on the other hand, leave things unfinished. Unfinished projects are energy suckers because they remain on our to-do-lists. We may have every intention of finishing them. We might start out thinking that we just need a break, but then an hour will turn into a day, which turns into week and before we know it, the project looks like it belongs to Miss Havisham.

Do you also struggle with this? Is sometimes finishing a project just as hard, if not harder, than starting one?

I had this come up for me recently as I was finalizing the Life’s Echoes’ website. I felt it come up, that urge to take a break, but this time I didn’t.  What was different?

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Understanding the nature & power of resistance helps us overcome it.

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I have another confession: I LOVE The Terminator. I’ve seen it a hundred times. The beginning of the final sequence when Reese is dead and Sarah Connor is injured and the terminator rises as a shinny skeleton scares me very time. I can’t help but yell out loud, “RUN, Sarah, run!!” Every. Time. It’s so intense! If you haven’t seen The Terminator in a while, revisit. It totally holds up.

What does The Terminator have to do with resistance?  Well, just as I was finishing up with the Life’s Echoes website, when I was in prime abandonment territory, I read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. This is what Pressfield says about resistance:

[blockquote align=”center” variation=”blue” cite=”Steven Pressfield “]Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable. Resistance aims to kill. Its target is the epicenter of our being: our genius, our soul, the unique and priceless gift we were put on earth to give and that no one else has but us. Resistance means business. When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.[/blockquote]

Sound familiar?

 (Did anyone else have secret crush on Michael Biehn?)

In this context, I see death in two ways: 1. That we will be dealing with it our entire lives. Resistance is a part of this mortal existence. Anytime you even think about, let alone take action, to live to your fullest, resistance will be right there to insure that you don’t. It will always show up. “It will not stop, ever, until you are dead.” 2. When you give into resistance, it erodes your epicenter: your genius, your soul and your unique & priceless gifts. The loss of these is an internal death.

The good news is, with awareness, tenacity & discipline, we can overcome resistance, strengthen our epicenter, and live to our fullest. Hurray!

Pressfield taught me that the impulse to take a break from projects just as I’m approaching the finish line is resistance at work. He says, 

[blockquote align=”center” variation=”blue” cite=”Steven Pressfield “]The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got. The professional [that’s you and me] must be alert for this counterattack.[/blockquote]

Armed with resistance awareness, I was able to see resistance for what it was and not give into it. I didn’t take that break. Instead, I showed up for my website and saw it through to the finish line.

How does resistance manifest in your life? How do you overcome it?