Yesterday as I put the last of the pancake batter in the pan and washed the bowl, I was reminded of my best productivity tip.
I decided I needed to share it with you right away! Are you ready?
DO IT NOW!
I know! Revolutionary, right? But I can be such a procrastinator that this is something that has taken a lot of work to change.
The pancake batter bowl will take me maybe 45 seconds to wash, but if I leave it until after dinner and it has dried up it takes much longer.
If I wipe the smeared peanut butter off the booster seat right away, it hardly takes a minute. But when I leave it until later it becomes a bigger job.
If I wipe off the stove immediately it takes only a few seconds. But when I wait, it takes more time and elbow grease.
And then today. When I was cleaning out my refrigerator, it took me a lot of time and effort to scrub something that had spilled who knows when. No doubt at the time, I was “too busy” to wipe it up, then forgot about it. The next thing I know, I am spring cleaning and the job is much more work than it needed to be.
It helps me when I evaluate why I put things off. I have narrowed it down to two reasons.
1. I dislike the job.
If I don’t want to do it, I put it off hoping it will go away. But realizing that I am only making the job more difficult has helped me change my habits.
2. I am a perfectionist. A procrastinating perfectionist.
I will put off a job because I have elaborate plans of doing it beautifully and perfectly later. But sometimes (usually) later never comes.
To quote what I said in my laundry post:
Letting go of perfection is simply acknowledging that it is better for the job to get done now, than for it to be done perfectly later.
This is one of those areas that I had to habit-train myself. Sometimes I have to consciously stop and tell myself that it will be less work if I do it now. Or as the Nike slogan goes, “Just Do It!”
I could not possibly count the number of minutes saved by training myself to do the job now. And obviously, as the refrigerator incident reveals, I am still a work in progress.
I told you I would keep you updated on my challenge to declutter at least one item a day in March. As of today I have tossed or given away 75 items! Wow! Seventy-five fewer items to find a place for in my home. Yes, please!
I sorted through several areas this week that tend to be clutter spots for me, so I do not expect the number to be that high in the following weeks, but it feels really good to have a great start in my spring cleaning and decluttering!
How about you? How has your decluttering been going? And make me feel better here, are you a procrastinator?