- Just one thing. When I don't have time to do much at all, I tell myself to just do one thing. So, for example, if I don't have time to clean the whole bathroom, I might just wipe out the sinks. Or, I might just wipe down the mirrors. In order to do this, I keep the required supplies under the sink so that I don't have to go hunting down the cleaning supplies. If I do that, I might get side-tracked and never get back to my one thing!
- Maintain status quo. If I can't make progress in one area, at least I will not backslide in another. Yesterday, I would have loved to start on my craft room. But, I had some other daily tasks to attend to -- most importantly, it was bill-paying day. If I stop paying attention to those things that I already have in order, guess what happens? Chaos ensues!
- Multi-task wisely. For the not-so-naturally organized, multi-tasking can be a recipe for disaster. I am learning to avoid this disaster by choosing carefully what things I will work on at the same time. The tasks need to complement each other by using different skills and mental capacities. As I said, yesterday was bill-paying day. That is a big mental task. If I try to do another mental task at the same time, I'm doomed. But, I was able to start a batch of pizza dough and let my stand mixer (using the dough hook) knead the bread. Then, I let it rise, punched it down and got it ready to take to my daughter's for dinner. While cooking is somewhat of a mental task, it is not nearly as mentally draining as dealing with finances. The task was more physical. Combining a physical task and a mental task make it easier to multi-task.
Take a few moments to think about the pairings of things you might do. It's best for me if I keep it to two things. Otherwise, I can't make progress and I get totally confused about what to do next!
- Plan your garden for next spring -- match socks.
- Help a child with homework -- switch loads of laundry.
- Review your retirement allocations -- dust the tops of the ceiling fans.
Now, go do one thing!