I’m a person that gets easily overwhelmed. I'm the source of my own suffering because, as a serial To-Do List writer, I take on more tasks than any human could possibly hope to accomplish.
Pretty soon, I don't have any clean clothes left, the dishes are piled high, I haven't started writing the thing that's due tomorrow, cat hair is rolling through the room like tumbleweed and I'm eating takeout while I re-watch Battlestar Galactica because I turn into the Queen of Work Avoidance when I feel like I'm in over my head. It's sort of A Problem.
Accomplishing one thing, no matter how small or unrelated to your "Big Deal" to-do items, is sometimes enough to provide a little relief. You get to cross something off the list, which is deliciously satisfying, and sometimes it gives just the injection of motivation needed to tackle something bigger.
When you need to get your act together, try knocking off some of these easy tasks:
- Grab a laundry basket. Sweep everything in the room that doesn’t belong there into the basket and return it to where it belongs.
- Open up your closet. Sort everything into groups: tanks, short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, pants, skirts. Put all empty hangers in one place.
- Do a cursory cleaning of your refrigerator. Throw out anything funky, combine duplicate items and put things on appropriate shelves.
- Clean out your social networking or email contacts. If you’re keeping people around that you don’t actually know or can’t stand, give ‘em the boot.
- Gather up all the receipts and papers you’ve been meaning to shred and do it.
- Renew those things that need to be renewed, like your driver’s license or registration. It’s 2012. You can do it on the internet.
- Collect all of the things that need to be returned to the store or taken to Goodwill and put them in your car. In the front seat. None of that hiding it in the trunk and forgetting about it crap.
- Go through your email inbox and respond to or sort everything in there that you've been putting off. I am the worst at this. Gmail labels and filters are great for this.
- Walk through the house and pick up any laundry, dishes or trash and deposit those things in the appropriate places.
- Go through your medicine cabinet, vanity or pantry and pitch anything that is dried up, expired, the wrong color, ugly, gross or any other adjective that renders it undesirable.
Do you have any "quick fix" things you do when you need to feel like you're not a complete wreck of a slacker? I'm always looking for suggestions. Share?