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"Messies are Olympic-class procrastinators," writes my fellow organizer, colleague, and author Sandra Felton who is a self-proclaimed "messy" herself. She says, "We excel at finding excuses for not cleaning up the messes, then we reap the unpleasant rewards later." 

So how do we keep procrastinations from frustrating our lives?  Smart small.  Give yourself permission not to tackle everything at one time.  Decide what specifically to do and make a list.  These are your goals. 
Post your list of goals in a prominent place so you can easily see what you want to accomplish your goals.  Once you start, things will fall into place-or at least will become clear where to put them!  Don't let distractions keep you from getting started.  Promise yourself a reward when the task is finished.
Think of one task that is out of control at your house.  Don't picture the whole house; just pick one room or one corner, or one project.  Block everything else from your mind.  Now write that task on a piece of paper and tape it to your refrigerator.  Add two or three specific goals:  For instance, if you decided to clear up the toy corner, you'll write in large letters:  CLEAN TOY CORNER!   Then add:  1.) Get rid of toys the kids no longer play with.  2.) Put small pieces in a shoe box.  3.) All stuffed animals on top shelf.  If you can't think of the specific goals, don't worry.  Just get started.  Once you have all the toys on the floor, you may get some ideas on how to put the toys back on the shelves in an orderly way.  Don't go for a walk or call a friend for some inspiration.  Tell yourself when the toy corner is clean, you'll reward yourself with a walk or phone call.  You'll have success to celebrate!
Remember the old adage:  A job begun is half done!

posted on: 9/27/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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