OK, so here we are, ready and eager to get our first goal accomplished. Clear the basement. Oh boy, that is what we are going to do today. You march down to the basement and take one look and turn around – after all, you need some coffee (or tea) before you start, right? Then your cell beeps. Absolutely you will answer because it could be Publishers Clearing House calling to tell you won a bizzilion dollars! Speaking of that, you need to go through yesterday’s mail and…… well, you get the picture.
Getting started on an organization project is a little like getting started on a work out schedule. The truth is, taking that first step is the hardest. I read an article about running and all the ways people avoided started a running program despite saying they wanted to do it. Here was the advice in the article: “don’t think about the big picture now. Instead, just put on your running clothes. Then the shoes. You can still back out. Then your jacket. Then your watch. You still don’t have to run. But look, you are all ready, so why not just go?”
Same with organizing – let’s start by making a list of the steps to get the basement cleared out. Something like this:
- Get some boxes.
- Get a marker
- Schedule a time.
- Get some help. (I know a great organizer, by the way!)
- Pick a 10 x 10 area of the basement.
- Ignore the rest
- Take your boxes, marker, help and yourself to that area.
Well, you’re all ready, so why not start?
And trust an old pro (well I’m not really old, but I am a pro) when you finish sorting even a 10 x 10 area, you will be motivated to start the process over for the next little area and so on.
Give yourself a reward, too, after all, you worked hard today!
Until Next Time….