Everyone has a list of things they want to do, should do, have to do, would rather do anything but do list.
When beginning to tackle a new item on your list, pause, breathe and make a plan. Being mindful and present helps you to be more aware of what you are doing, how you will complete it and how long it should take.
First ask yourself these questions:
1.Why am I completing the task? ex. need to clean the garage to make room for the car, want to donate items, need to clean out the spare room, organize papers.
2. What are some obstacles that are preventing me from starting and/or completing the task? ex. time, energy, need help, lack of motivation, resources
3.How much time do I need to complete the task? be reasonable with your time frame
4.Schedule a period of time to work on the task. What fits into your schedule?
5.Visualize the end result. What do you want the space to look/be used for like after?
Make a Plan.
Break your task into smaller more manageable parts in order to simplify the task and set yourself up for success.
Pause. Write down what needs to be done
Physically look at the task and think about it BEFORE beginning.
What is the first thing that needs to be done? ex. Cleaning out the closet. Your first thing could be to plan on how you are going to sort your items. Donate, give, keep.
Start doing just one thing. Ex. one section of your closet. or just the winter clothes.
Stop for the awhile after you completed the first task. Pat yourself on the back and check in. Is your plan working.
Do you need to get materials? ex. boxes, labels for your items?
Do one more thing. ex. labelling the boxes, cleaning out another section.
Stop and check in.
Continue carefully work on a small section
Stop and check in.
By breaking down a task into smaller parts, pausing, making a plan, having your materials, an idea of how long it will reasonable take you, you will find that you are able to manage the task because it does not seem so overwhelming.
Often with most things in life, just starting is the hardest part. The story we tell ourselves in our head about all of the reasons why we can’t do something sets us up for a negative mindset and by having the task weighing on you it can bring down your physcholocal well-being.
Break a task into smaller steps, chunking, to accomplish your goal for the day, makes you feel good about yourself and you are on your way to completing the entire task. The key is to complete the small steps and to complete the overall goal.
Even 10 minutes working on a project, is great, as it is 10 minutes more than before. (You can even use a timer and stop when it goes off). Pausing, being aware and mindful along the way makes sure that you stay on task and give yourself a pat on the back for making the choice to complete something that needs to get done but you don’t necessary want to do. You’ll feel good along the way and even better at the end.
Simply starting is usually the hardest part. You can do this. Break it down and remember to :
BREATHE, PAUSE, BE MINDFUL, and GIVE YOURSELF A PAT ON THE BACK.
MINDFUL MOMENT ∞
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