Do you ever feel like there are just too many projects on your plate? Are you overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start? You know what I am going to say, don’t you? Take small steps.
Small steps are a common theme around these parts, because honestly I have to remind myself daily to take a step at a time. 10 minute Tuesday and 10 minute pick up were born out of my own feelings of being overwhelm.
To help us focus on taking small steps, I am sharing a checklist I recently made for a client.
Instead of one-on-one organizing sessions, we’ve developed more of a coaching relationship. We come up with a plan of action but she will be doing most of the decluttering on her own with regular check-ins from me. This checklist helps plan and maintain direction while working through the clutter.
How it works:
due date-your goal deadline of the project
project description- focus on action words
timeline- when you plan on working on your project. For the example, I used 30 minutes a day to work on sorting photos or you could do 3 hours for each Saturday for 3 weeks.
actual time-how long the project took to complete. Don’t skip this last column, actual time. It is more important than you think!
Many don’t have a good grasp on how long a project will actually take. When you underestimate, it can become frustrating when projects always take longer than you expected. When you overestimate, tasks are put off until there is a large block of time available, which almost never happens.
When you record how long a task did take you, you’ll become better and better at setting realistic timelines for yourself. You also begin to see how much your time is worth. When you find it takes an hour to go through a box of clutter, you become more discerning about what items you bring into your life.
Whether you are working on organizing projects or home repairs, this list gives an overview of tasks and helps you to create a timeline. As you check off each completed project, celebrate each success as you work through your list. Happy Organizing!
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