Shannon, blogger extraordinaire at Rocks in My Dryer, sponsors a "blog carnival" called Works-For-Me-Wednesday, where people share tips that work for them. Here's my first attempt to participate!
As a stay-at-home and work-at-home mother, sometimes the to-do list can get rather overwhelmimg. I don't know about you, but when I have a lot to get done, I tend to flit frantically from one task to the next. I'll start folding laundry and then remember a business phone call I need to make. So I'll leave the laundry to make the call and then I'll see that I didn't complete the breakfast dishes or the pee-pee sprinkled toilet will BEG to be wiped down (Do you have boys? Then you know what I'm talking about. Our toilet is just ONE BIG PEE FEST!!! Gah!). Anyway, before I know it, an hour has passed and I've not accomplished much.
A woman I admire named Elisabeth Elliot, when asked what to do when overwhelmed with tasks, gave this advice: "Do the next thing." This means the next thing that comes to hand, whichever task presents itself. I love that advice, but I do find myself asking, "WHICH next thing should I do now?!" In addition, sometimes, y'know, every now and then, I'll have a job to do at home that I just really, um...don't want to do. Like putting laundry away. Or making dinner (don't tell anyone, but I don't really enjoy this task). Or going through the mountains of papers that come into our home each week. Anyway, (or as my dear English friend, Melissa, says that we Americans say, "anyways") HERE IS MY TIP FOR YOU, dear reader.
Divide your day (or your hour) into fifteen minute chunks. When Mt. Laundry intimidates, I can say, "I will fold this laundry for 15 minutes!!! Then I will be done!" And I'll actually set the timer and fold like mad for 15 measly minutes. It's amazing how much I can do in fifteen minutes! Or I can say, "I am going to work on this kitchen for 15 minutes!" And usually, I can get all the food and dishes cleaned and put away, if I work diligently for that whole time. The best part is that I can usually stay motivated to my task for 15 minutes...impressive, I know!
It also works in my business. If I am prepared and ready with phone list and essential materials, I can do my business calls for a focused 15 minutes. I can check and respond to email...for 15 minutes. I think I need to make myself a new rule...I can read blogs for 15 minutes.
Head on over to Shannon's and see what might work for you!
Have a great Wednesday!