Sometimes there are actual hurdles – physical barriers! – between procrastination and organization. Let’s seek them out, identify and remove them so we can get things done!
I love the Harry Potter books. I’ve collected the hardback novels as they were released. My set has seen the attentions of me and all three 3 sons as they read the series, too. These books have seen the inside of many school backpacks, traveled the country, been read and re-read, and are loved to the moon and back. And they are showing their age (who isn’t?).
So, when a friend mentioned he was downsizing and had the full set in pristine condition, we jumped at the offer, in case one of my sons wanted to have a set to call their own. Another generous friend recently shared a collection of organizing books with me (which I will share on this blog some day), too.
So, herein lies the problem. Our bookshelves were full. And I needed to make room on the shelves for these new additions / editions.
I’ve wanted to tackle the basement book shelves for a month, but just haven’t gotten around to it. But now, a pile of Harry Potter books lived in my office for a few days, then moved downstairs NEAR the bookshelves but still not ON the bookshelves. Same went for the organizing books – oh, the irony.
I procrastinated about putting them away because there were actual barriers to putting them away. Sound familiar? Have you ever said or heard:
- I can’t put away last year’s taxes because the file drawer is too full, or
- I can’t put away last year’s taxes because of that pile of old printers stacked in front of the file cabinet.
- I can’t schedule that appointment because I misplaced my calendar (a week ago), or I haven’t bought one for this year yet.
- I can’t get rid of that old empty file cabinet before I find the keys (yes you can).
- I can’t put the groceries away because the cabinets are disorganized, or are too full (I kid you not).
- I can’t take those checks to the bank until I find a deposit slip (of course you can, the bank has piles of blank deposit slips!).
- I can’t put stuff away on the book shelves because there are bags on the floor in front of the the bookshelves.
- I want to organize that closet, but the light bulb burned out.
We’ve all had moments like this, I’m sure. The good news for me and Harry Potter is that an hour on Saturday morning spent clearing off the bookshelves resulted in plenty of space for the new books, clean and dust-free shelves, the discovery of a few gems, and 3 bags of books in excellent condition donated to my local library yesterday morning.
So, this week, I want you to walk around your space with an eye on your Task List and also on the physical barriers that may be making you procrastinate instead of completing your tasks. Piles here and there, minor home repairs, maybe something as simple as taking out the trash, dropping off donations, or loading up those printers to drop off at your local EWaste recycling site. Remove those physical obstructions, and get things done!
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