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Barrier/hurdle #1--where to start

Sunday, January 01, 2017

There are several things I'd like to get started on, but I just don't know where to start. Nothing's urgent, but stuff that I've been wanting and needing to get done for a while. I can see how I get overwhelmed to the point of doing nothing. Declutttering, putting things away, cleaning, organizing, cleaning out the kitchen to see what I've got and don't have (freezer's full but I'm not sure what's in there). Garden to plan, reading to do, etc.

Two thoughts have just come to mind.
1- Set a timer. I can stay focused on one task for 15-20 minutes. When the timer's done, I can either keep on or move on to something else.
2- Grab bag. Break the mess down in "manageable units", write it on a sheet of paper and drop it in the grab bag. If I don't know where to start, I'll just stick my hand in and pull one out. Problem solved.

For now, I"m going to enjoy my hot tea and listen to it rain.
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  • I-CAN-DO-IT-2
    Gosh sounds familiar!

    I try to make a list of my priorities and stay at the top (often), but sometimes have to just do the things that are driving me crazy. emoticon

    My (not turned on) 20 min timer is to help my back not sit too long.

    Great approach, btw. Have you heard of FlyLady? She taught me I can do anything for 15 minutes.

    FYI, here cos we both are science folks. emoticon

    ("Simple pleasures," says husband...I like the emoticons!!)

    Wish you a good day.
    973 days ago
    Like it!
    Great approach!
    1353 days ago
    My mother taught us the timer technique. Thanks for the great reminder!
    1356 days ago
    1356 days ago
    having a plan is half the battle!
    1356 days ago
    Such great action steps to break down the the tasks. I love setting the timer. I do this with my grand kids.......why not go back to basics for ourselves?!!!!!

    Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!
    1356 days ago
  • J61112
    I could've written this (and, truthfully, should have).I'm going to try your grab bag idea today! Good luck to you!
    1356 days ago
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