Let me begin by saying, I absolutely adore FlyLady's mantra that you can do anything for 15 minutes--and I thoroughly believe that anyone can. I myself have tried setting a kitchen timer while I tackle a specific task from a list of important tasks that I needed to complete. I just couldn't stick with it...I have put too much pressure on myself and now I'm back where I started from, just feeling like a failure. And after much self-flagellation and thought, I have come to a new conclusion: I can do just one more thing, no expectation of how long it might take or what I need to do next.
The rule is simple: No matter what I am doing, I will be finished once I do one more thing.
Here are some examples of how I'm implementing "one more thing" in my daily life:
- I went to the bathroom and noticed that a few of Wee-One's bath toys were hanging out on the floor next to their container, so I put them back.
- I wiped down the kitchen counter after dinner and noticed a few spots on the pantry door. I wiped these too.
- On my way out of the car, I grab a handful of trash I can throw away inside.
- On my way to the car, I spray a rag with a homemade all-purpose spray and wipe down a few grimy areas on the dashboard. As a side note, I'm now keeping a Ziploc bag with a damp cleansing rag in my bag so I never have to spend hours cleaning my car interior again!
- I'm answering an email from work, but before I log out, I make a few notes, answer one more, or file a few emails.
These are just a few examples of how I'm slowing down for a second and allowing myself to enact change without pressure. I'm just happy with what progress I've made.
Your Devoted Friend