Ever have the battle between two voices in your head? This is not the schizophrenic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" type of voices but just the little things we tell ourselves that generally trip us up. They are the voices of two differing opinions.
For instance, I have either the Nike "Just Do It" or Scarlett O'Hara's voice "tomorrow is another day", clammering in my head especially when I have tasks that I am not too keen on beginning.
In my immediate family this head battle appears to be played out especially in the realm of straightening and putting away household items. There is the battery operated bicycle reflector that hasn't quite made it to the basement for a fresh battery. There are the piles of extra Christmas cards that are making the room rounds. There is the bag of to-be-recycled wine corks that are on their way to their final destination (back to the wine store) yet has somehow moved from kitchen to basement to bedroom.
Scarlett's mindset is winning.
In 2016 I plan on being more determined to finish what I start, when I start it.
Many years ago when I worked on a very busy and stressful oncology floor in the hospital I learned that if I had time to do some task, e.g. straighten a room for the next admission, I better do it when I thought about it. If not, the time and thought would be long gone due to the next pressing event taking its place. When I didn't accomplish something when I thought about it, I would regret the time lost.
So many times I have not felt like straightening up only to have someone stop by unexpected or I am asked about an item at the bottom of one of my floating piles. Either way I am caught unawares and realize that had I only taken care of what I needed to do at the time it needed to be done, I wouldn't feel frazzled.
I have heard that one of the Montessori school program tenets is to encourage children to learn how to pick up after themselves. If a preschooler gets out another toy, he/she has to put away the first toy with which he/she was playing.
Clean up after yourself as you go along. Not a bad philosophy.
Some time management/organizing gurus suggest taking fifteen minutes each day to put away miscellaneous and stray items. Keep a basket on each floor of your home. Anything that is found during the day that is not in its normal place and needs to be returned to its "home" is placed in the basket. At a specific time during the day (before dinner or bedtime) take fifteen minutes to return the items to its proper location.
Next time I will unlock the basement door, open it and put the recycling into its container rather than walking past the pile of papers on the floor by the door. All it takes is a few extra seconds to be done and finished. Why, I don't do it at the time, I have no idea.
What about you? Any small, niggling tasks that you tell yourself "tomorrow is another day" and you will start tomorrow? How long has that conversation been exchanged? What is preventing you? Is the task overwhelming? Would doing one small thing get you started? Are you too tired to start?
What refrains are playing through your head?