When tackling a household project, do you end up barely putting a dent in it, becoming distracted or overwhelmed, with little to show for your effort? I do!
Try this simple three-part technique for decluttering, or some other household chore, and you will make progress you can be proud of. It works!
- Let’s say you have 3 hours free and clear of distraction. Use the first hour of your time to collect what you need to do the job: boxes, trash bags, bins, cleaners, or tools like pens for labelling or rags for dusting. Is it an outdoor project? Get the tools you will need ready. Position your tools so you have easy access to them but they are not in your way.
- Use the next third of the time to get as much of the job done as you can. If the task happens to fit 1/3 of the total amount of time you have available, you will get the job finished!
- When the second third of your time is up, stop work and start finishing up . Close your boxes, store your bins, take out the trash, or take away the compost and put the tools back where they belong. Get ALL THE WAY done with finishing up , including putting things away.
Then stand back and enjoy what you have achieved, however large or small. If the entire house or yard needs attention, it will take more than one day, but if you can complete one corner, one filing cabinet, one closet or one flowerbed, you can build on that accomplishment another day!