8 Needless Tasks You Should Stop Doing Right Now By Oprah Magazine



Some things have no business cluttering your schedule. You officially have our permission to stop...

Fretting over the Mail 

Sorting the stack shouldn’t be on one’s daily to-do list. Says writer Deborah Copaken: “Recycle junk, fish out checks (yay, money!) and notes (yay, friends!), and stash the rest by the front door to be dealt with once a month.”
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Overdosing on News 

Skip the blow-by-blow in favor of a summary by subscribing to an email newsletter; it’ll likely land in your inbox before your coffee’s brewed. For a conversational take, sign up for the Daily Skimm; for a wider-ranging approach, try The New York Times’ Morning Briefing.
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Separating Lights from Darks 

Yes, your whites may not stay so white. But if you can accept faint graying as a trade-off for time saved, toss it all into one load. If those red socks have already been laundered, they’re unlikely to give you a washerful of pink clothes.
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Attending (Most) Showers 

Send a gift and your regrets, and move on. Life’s too short to watch your cousin’s daughter ooh and aah over blenders or burp cloths.
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Birthday Parties for Adults 

If they’re over 18 and not turning an age that ends in zero, you’re off the hook.
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Hosting Every Single Sleepover 

Your kids’ friends also have homes. Don’t let yours become a hostel.
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Kitchen Grunt Work 

Shortcuts do not a lazy cook make, says Julia Turshen, author of the cookbooks Small Victories and Feed the Resistance. “Saved time is saved sanity! I use prepeeled garlic, shrink-wrapped cooked beets, and frozen peas. And I’d much rather pick up takeout rice than dirty yet another pot.”
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Lackluster Books 

If you’re 50 pages in and not in love, stop. (Of the world’s 129 million–plus books, one hasto be a better fit.) Balking at the idea? Let Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reassure you: “I own many books I didn’t read to completion, and that’s okay.” Amen.

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