When you notice it then do it – that is how you get things done”
The advice was handed out by an organizational expert – well meaning, but a little delusional about my life. I am almost certain that this expert did not home school, while working from home, while helping with a sick in-law, while dealing with three boys. If she did then she deserved more than the label of expert, she deserved to be sainted.
I can’t do it. I’ve tried. Just this morning I was working to clean up some long needed cleaning up piles. I started to set a book down that needed to go to another room but reminded myself that if I noticed it needed to be done then I needed to do it.
So I did it, and when I walked into the room to but the book down I noticed that there were things that needed to be done around that room but I wasn’t finished in the other room so I forced myself to walk away and go back to what I was doing. The problem was that when I walked through the kitchen I noticed that the lunch foods had not been put away by my son before he left and the dishes were still in the sink . . . but that first task still needed to be finished.
HOW? How am I supposed to do everything I notice and do what I know I should be doing when I have a tendency to notice everything?
I have no doubts that she was being focused and not literal – that or I have never lived in an organized life – but either way I am making the choice to take her wisdom and apply it to my life in MY way.
Make Actions Not Excuses
- If I notice something that needs to be done then I do it – unless it keeps me from doing what I am already doing.
- If I notice a project that needs to tackled then I weight the investment required. I do it now if I can complete it without no disruption to my journey now or I add it to my to-do list for another day.
- If I notice something that needs to be done then I allow myself to delegate the job if I am already involved in a different task. Delegation power is one of the reasons we had kids, right?
- If I notice something that needs attention RIGHT NOW then I make time for that something RIGHT NOW. Somethings have to be dealt with in the moment.
- If I notice something that is just an annoyance but that I want done then I have to determine if it is more important to be less annoyed or to accomplish different tasks.
I am prone to noticing a lot of things and if I chase down everything I notice in the moment I notice them then I will never get anything done. I will just chase a lot of noticing.
I am taking the wisdom of the expert and making it my own instead.
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