Have you ever noticed? When we are excited about an upcoming adventure / event / road trip, our first reaction is to jump in and start pulling things out to get ready.
Perhaps we are packing for a trip. We’re leaving in the morning, so we run to the closet or dresser drawers, and start pulling out clothes and piling them on top of a potentially already cluttered dresser or bed.
Sometimes, we have a project for work that must be done right away, and we spread it out on top of the projects already on our desk or work space.
Maybe we’re famished and we need to start dinner, so we pull things out of the fridge to the already crowded counter and then wonder why cooking is such a hassle.
AHHHHH!!! Let me suggest a better way:
- Put your stuff away before you start pulling more things out.
- Just 5 or 10 minutes of clearing out and cleaning up will help you find focus and clarity and a clear work space!
- As you tidy up, craft your packing list or project plan in your mind. Then, when your mind and space are de-cluttered, jump in to action!
Let’s go back to packing for that trip. Take 5 minutes and hang up that pile of stuff on the dresser or bedpost (you know, THAT pile). Locate and put away your clean laundry, pulling out items you want to take along with you. Then pull out your suitcase or satchel and get packing!
Need to pack up more orders for shipment? Finish the ones from yesterday and load them in the van. THEN… start on the new ones. A clear work space is always going to make the job go more smoothly!
Back to that new project for work? Take the 5 minutes to clear up the old project, so the two don’t get mixed up.
Friends coming for dinner, and you just got home with all the groceries? Before you turn on the oven or open one package, take 5 minutes and put your groceries away, setting aside the supplies you need to make dinner on a tray or cookie sheet, and wipe clean the counter. Just those few moments of putting away and getting ready will make your meal prep a lot easier!
I always encourage action instead of inaction, but we should also be taking the RIGHT action. So, clear and clean up before you leap in and give your next actions some thought. Then go ahead and jump!