It’s two weeks into A Year of Decluttering. I know that it can be challenging to keep up with daily emails that are associated with a task. I’ve joined different week-long as well as year-long programs in the past that had a daily email and then held off opening the email so I wouldn’t feel guilty about not listening to a 30-minute audio class.
Are there tasks that you skipped because you didn’t think you’d have the time to do them? Doing part of a task is better than doing no part of the action.
Create a limit that feels manageable for you that day. Try starting the task and set a timer for 10, 15, or 20-minutes. If even 10-minutes feels like too much, make a token effort – toss one item from your refrigerator, put one piece of clothing in your donation box, set down your phone five minutes before turning in for the night.
A token or small gesture might not finish the task, but it puts you in the mindset of forward movement. Changing your attitude from focusing on how you think you’re failing to noticing how you’re succeeding will keep you willing to do more as opposed to feeling as if you might as well give up.
Today’s task – find one item to add to your donation box and then give yourself a mental high-five. Then, check out this article on getting clearer about letting go of possessions.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.