It’s time for Spring Cleaning, and while I’d love to attack it Martha Stewart style, I don’t have the time or stamina to attempt that. I’ve tried so many approaches to tackling this chore, that I’ve resorted to the basics:
As with any major task, there are numerous lists to help me plan my spring cleaning attack: lists on paper, lists on post-its, lists in my planner. I’m a lister; and while I eventually get it done, the end result comes after a long period of procrastination.
Recently I was beating myself up over not being able to “get it together”. I thought long and hard about my pattern of procrastination. What triggers it? What fuels it? How can I put an end to it?
Many things foster procrastination including: perfectionism, poor time management and avoidance tendencies. I can personally relate to all of them.
So, how do we handle the fear of not measuring up to an unachievable spring cleaning standard which results in feeling defeated before we begin?
How do we juggle the insurmountable tasks that consume our 16 hour days (if we’re getting the 8 hours of recommended sleep)? How do we resist choosing the more favorable, e.g. surfing Pinterest, over dreadful spring cleaning chores like decluttering the kids’ closets?
We get real with ourselves and check our expectations.
We prioritize and split large jobs into smaller, more feasible ones.
We do all that we can and delegate the rest.
We reward ourselves with Pinterest AFTER we’ve checked chores off our to do list.
At the end of the day, we lay down to rest knowing that we’ve done our personal best. Years from now, our kids will not remember that sink of dirty dishes. They will only remember how frazzled Mom was, because of them.
I’m committed to squashing this procrastination bug. Who wants to join me? Are there any other procrastinators out there? How do you handle it?