Got a job that needs to get done but you can’t stand to even think about it ( let alone start it ) ?? Set your timer for a bite size increment less than 30 minutes and plan your reward. I say 15 minutes of dusting / filing / scanning deserves an ice cream !
Try and use the ‘decisions’ part of your brain sparingly. Create a wealth of habits that become second nature …. meatballs for supper on Monday, Brown bag tuna sandwich for lunch every Wednesday, going out with your loved one on Sunday night , returning library books on a Tuesday …. By allowing the decision making part of your brain to rest it will be more likely to act in a helpful manner the next time you need it.
As you will have read in previous blogs I am learning to be really tough about sharing items with others and throwing things out to have less stuff however … when a little voice of reason occasionally says says ‘keep me’ I do listen. Call it instinct, call it inner wisdom. Call it whatever you want, just don’t ignore it !
I don’t do paper. I avoid it all costs. I check my mail over a garbage can and throw away whatever I can, I scan everything and own no filing cabinets. Wedding response cards are not allowed to touch a surface and are replied to and put in the mail box the same day. I don’t have a note book or scrap paper on my desk I put all info or lists into the notes sections of my blackberry or create a google doc. Aaah . A paper free life is a happy one.
We are encouraged to be kind, other focused and thoughtful society … and this is wonderful. However, I encourage us to be brutal in 10 minute increments. Take a black bag and look at every item in a cluttery room straight in the eye. No kindness. No sweetness. Just plain brutality. Do you belong here ? Are you serving a vital purpose ? Are you paying your rent ? If not chuck it or pass it on. Be brutal.