Clutter Coach Newsletter: National Procrastination Week

 

Last weekend I went up to Donner Lake with some friends. One of the highlights was enjoying the view from the Donner Summit Bridge and playing in the snow. I slid down a short slope on a snow saucer and then climbed back up to do it five or six more times, whooping all the way down.

My sides hurt I laughed so much. I also felt totally alive and energized by the mountain air and by playing. Whee!

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Getting organized is easier when you break it down into smaller steps. My free ecourse does just that. It’s a seven step course delivered via email so you can work on each step on your own time. You’ll have it to keep and return to. If the skills are new to you, don’t worry about repeating the course. Practice, practice, practice.

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It’s Friday, the last day of National Procrastination Week! Did you celebrate? If you put it off, don’t worry, you can procrastinate another time ;).

Avoiding procrastination is an ongoing chore, even for me. I find it more effective to have strategies I use in the moment when I need to get things done, rather than trying to eliminate procrastination from my life completely.

My favorite one, which is valuable even when you aren’t procrastinating, is to take the smallest step forward that I can. Break a task down into tiny steps, so your mind can’t come up with reasons not to do them.

If you’re the imaginative type, you can devise long, involved, unpleasant scenarios that could result from doing the job at hand. Instead of focusing on the next step, you see an entire process (a bit like the forest and trees metaphor I used in the last newsletter).

Any task you do needs to be started. Making the first thing you do a small, completely do-able thing helps overcome resistance to starting. It could be looking up a phone number.

Very often, even expert procrastinators get a lot done once the ball is rolling.

Choosing a short amount of time works this way too. Give yourself five minutes. What can you get done on that task in five minutes? If you have a lot of resistance, try two minutes.

I suggest using a timer because when it dings, you’re free!

You can now choose to go on to something else, or do a little bit more on that task. If you make a habit of taking small steps, they become less and less daunting.

What itty bitty task can you do right now and get it out of the way?

~ Claire ~