Despite what many of my peers tell me, I know that for many years I have been a habitual procrastinator, pack rat, and beginner of all projects never completed. But with a little lot of focus, I can turn my bad habits into good ones. Here are some of my recent improvements to be happier, healthier, and wiser.
1. To help me stay on a productive track, I have begun to do tasks in 30 minute intervals, e.g., unload and load dishwasher, list new items on ebay/Amazon/Pinterest, fact check Chapter 21 of my manuscript, laundry (never ending!) You would be amazed at how much you can actually get done this way. I often use the timer on my cell phone or on the microwave to keep things moving. The latter forces me to get up from my laptop and go to another room if I get lost on the information superhighway.
2. I decided that every 7 days I am going to dedicate time to one room/area in my house for cleaning up and cleaning out. One whole week to tackle a specific area allows time for actual completion. I started today with the kitchen. Task #1 was my two door cabinet that houses plasticware. OMG! RIDICULOUS does not begin to describe how many unmatched bowls and lids were in that cabinet. I learned that the waste management company that services my neighborhood recycles plasticware bearing the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7. I didn’t even realize there were numbers on them. Some even display the recycle symbol with the arrows forming a triangle. Won’t they be excited on Wednesday?! Tomorrow I can start on the cabinets that have 52 lids with no matching pots and pans.
3. A friend of mine once told me that she vacuumed every day just so she could see the lines on the carpet. I thought she was straight bananas. Well I must be all kind of cuckoo too because I’ve been doing it every other day. Makes the room look tidy even if it’s not. And don’t get me started on how the scent of Lemon Fresh Pine-Sol makes me feel all tingly inside. Oh what joy I have found in the smallest of things lately.
4. I have stopped beating myself up over not accomplishing all that I planned for the day. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to have extra time to find time. One accomplished task is better than no accomplished task. And like I said previously, my peers seem to think I’m doing o.k. despite what I think anyway.
5. Repeat 1-4 as often as possible.
Whenever I backslide, I can revert to the old tried and true: DO IT, DEFER IT, or DELEGATE IT along with DONATE IT, TRASH IT, or GIVE IT A PLACE.