Everyone has been bit by the procrastination bug at some point in their life. You have this “thing” that needs to get done, but you have all these excuses as to why you can’t do that specific thing.
- “This is going to take all day and I don’t have the time today”
- “I literally don’t feel like it”
- “I have other things that require my attention”
Looking at organizing a space in its totality can be daunting. You may chose to complete other smaller tasks over the looming disorganized mess. The overwhelm sets in . . . and it never gets done.
How can we break the task down so that we actually get started?
Here are some tips to help you actually get started with your organizing project.
Set a reminder: We are all so busy on a daily basis, it is so easy to forget to start organizing an area in your home. This is especially easy to do if you don’t use that area every single day. Set a reminder.
Set a reminder in your planner, on your phone, or through your email to start the project on a particular day. The key with digital reminders is to have them go off when you’ll actually be able to perform the action. Otherwise, you’ll just forget again.
Break it down: Do the project in pieces. Doing a kitchen overhaul, just start with silverware organization or purging. If you need to completely re-organize your closet and you only have 15 free minutes throughout your day, start day 1 by thumbing through the clothes that are on hangers and take out the articles of clothing that you need to “toss” “store” and “donate” and put the clothes in separate bags.
Multitask: You finally have some down time and want nothing more to do then to catch up on an episode or two of your favorite show. Definitely do that! But you may be able to do something else in the process. For example, if you have a stack of papers that need to be shredded, shred away while your favorite show is on.
Get Help: Are there pieces of the project that can be done by someone else? Get your husband to clear out a space. Have someone drop off items to Goodwill. Anything that can help you get this project moving, ask for it. Got kids at home? Get their help! Depending on how old your kids are you can definitely put them to work. I have my four year old taking bags of paper to the trash, and putting items in separate piles or baskets.
The key is to just jump in and do something.
When you are able to break the project down into pieces, you are actively doing “something”. Seeing your space come together, progressing, and regaining its function in your home, will motivate you into doing much much more.
What project have you been meaning to start but haven’t? How do you plan to move past the procrastination stage?