We’ve all been there; dirty dishes in the sink, endless loads of laundry, cat fur stuck to the carpet, dust bunnies, ironing etc. and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it can seem completely overwhelming and it’s hard to know where to start! A lot of the time what happens to me is that I get SO overwhelmed that I do something else that is completely trivial because I don’t know where to begin…so instead of tackling the laundry, I sort out a drawer that no one ever opens or I sit down and read a book. I suppose avoidance is the easiest solution when we don’t want to do something. I’ve found what really works for me is to set a timer for 5 minutes! Let’s face it; there are very FEW things that you CAN’T do for 5 minutes, it’s the perfect amount of time to get motivated and accomplish easy tasks.
Here’s the plan: Let’s say you have to do laundry, dishes, dusting and clean the bathroom:
- Set a timer for 5 minutes and turn on some music
- Start cleaning for 5 minutes and only do what you can do for 5 minutes eg. in 5 minutes you may be able to dust the living room and windex the coffee table but hey, that’s two things knocked off your list!
- When the 5 minutes are up, switch to a different task.
I know that 5 minutes isn’t a long time but it’s enough to keep you focused and allow you to get started which is really the hardest part. What I find usually happens is you’ll continue to clean after the five minutes are up! This it’s almost like a game and it makes cleaning fun…or as fun as it can be and it builds momentum. Try this with other tasks that you also may have trouble with starting such as writing, brain storming, exercising, folding laundry, organizing mail etc. and you’ll be quickly surprised at what you can accomplish! Happy cleaning!