How on earth do you make changes in your life when you don't even have time to water the plants? Sometimes the tiny steps you need to take to make a difference in your life take far less time than you think. Often, procrastinating or worrying about a change takes far longer than the actual change itself!
Have you timed yourself lately? Some of the chores you hate most may take far less time than you expect. How long does making your bed really take? Pull up the covers: 15 seconds. Fluff the pillow: 5 seconds. Put back the throw pillows: 3 seconds.
Of course, your time may vary, but the point is, really, time yourself! Whether with your phone, an egg timer or however else you choose, time the chores you hate most. You might be surprised.
Once you know how long they actually take (as opposed to how long it feeeeeeeeels like they take) you'll be more willing to at least begin them. And, by just beginning a one or two minute chore, you're already half way done!
You may not like your tasks, we can't promise that, but if you can just get yourself started, you'll be done in no time.
Now that you've gotten the hang of timing yourself, what else can you time? How about your worries? If a problem keeps bothering you and you can't get anything else done because you're worried about it, give yourself five minutes and worry to your heart's content. Moan and groan and do whatever else you need to! Then, when the buzzer goes off, STOP. You're done. You've done your worrying for the day.
Ready to start timing another aspect of your life? How about giving yourself a reward break in the middle of a much hated task? Set the timer to remind yourself to take a break, then take it! Don't avoid it because you're "really not done yet." Then, enjoy your break. And, when the buzzer goes off again, get back to your task. By knowing that you really will get back to your project, it can help relieve the guilt of taking a break.
When you're in a hurry and running out of time, that's the most important time to take a breath and slow down. Taken moment by moment, you have more time in your day then you realize. Time really is on your side!
about Liz Logan
I'm a professional organizer in Atlanta, fighting the good fight on my own home front and sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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