How to Keep the Decluttering Momentum Going Written by Pam Holland
Do you struggle with keeping your momentum going when decluttering? Do you find it easy to start a project but find that your energy lags towards the middle or the end of the project? The tips below will guide you in maintaining the momentum to reach your goals!
- You find yourself with a big bag of plastic recycling that you meant to drop off at your local grocery store three weeks ago?
- You have bags of donations that you intend to take to the thrift store or schedule a pick up for but have lost sight of? Or that got shoved up in a closet when guests came to visit?
- You have a pile of items that need repair that is collecting dust?
If so, welcome to the human race. We lead such full and busy lives that many non-urgent tasks slip through the cracks. You are not alone!
Does it matter when it doesn't quite happen?
How do unfinished projects make you feel?
3 steps to manage unfinished projects and piles
If you struggle to finish tasks and projects, try these three gentle steps to make progress:
- Notice: the first step is to be mindful. How do the unfinished projects and piles impact your mind and energy? Do they pop into your mind at random times, such as 4:00 in the morning? Do they make you feel distracted when you enter a room?
- The 2-minute rule: ask yourself this question: will the next step toward completing this project or pile take 2 minutes or less? If the answer is yes, JUST DO IT! It's funny how the mind wants to avoid tasks that in reality take a small amount of time and energy. When you follow the 2-minute rule, you'll be amazed by the feeling of accomplishment, the relief, and the progress you make!
- Identify next action steps: part of the reason projects and piles remain unfinished is because they seem overwhelming. It can make all the difference to break them down into manageable steps. Once you have a list of steps, it's much easier to complete each step, one by one, at whatever pace suits you.
Give yourself permission
Although unfinished tasks can be distracting or feel heavy, it's also important to remember that sometimes it's okay to leave tasks undone! As your priorities shift or unforeseen circumstances arise, you may find that the best way to take care of yourself is to whittle down your to-do list, let go of some of the projects, or ignore the piles for a little while. That's completely okay! The bottom line is to do what's best for you.
On the other hand, if you find that unfinished tasks are creating more stress than they are worth, it can make all the difference to get some support. As simple as it sounds, "we all need somebody to lean on." Whether it's in the form of a family member, friend, or professional, getting support can help you make progress where you are stuck on your own.
How do you tackle unfinished tasks? Share your tips in the comments!
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