To-Do | Microfiction

Tick illustration - "To-Done" microfiction

The to-do list beckons every day, waiting for its bullet points to be transformed into to-dones. Hours tick by and the to-dos remain, unsatisfactorily unmarked my big ticks or bold strikethroughs.

Each day’s list grows longer with yesterday’s to-dos rewritten and recycled in between the fresh morning’s tasks. Errands breed and multiply, growing wilder and less manageable by each moment idled away.

All it takes is one achievement to break the cycle. One to-done to prove doing is possible. One to-done to roll into one more. One to-done to do them all.

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Tick. On we go.

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

5 thoughts on “To-Do | Microfiction”

  1. Back in 1994 I used to plan exactly like you beautifully described. But then, frustatingly I said “Fu*k it. Life, here I come”.

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