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Hey there! Back with another post about how to manage your time more effectively. And after both promising that this would be a series and then keeping that promise with another post only a week later. It’s a shiny new me, I tell ya. If you’re finding this post and at all confused as to why a home improvement blog is providing time management & organization tips, read here.
Today’s tip is my absolute favorite one to give. I could go on and on about this alone because of the difference it makes in getting the DIY done (but it’s SO simple!). You ready? Here it is:
When you walk through the door, DO NOT sit down!
YOUR. COUCH. IS. EVIL. Couch, bed, bean bag chair, whatever. Where you park your ass isn’t really all that important. The problem is the sitting.
Lemme explain. I work a full-time day job, then do homework, renovation, etc. on the side. So when I get home from work, I’m just the right amount of tired that I sometimes convince myself that sitting (oh-so-briefly) to rest before getting back up and starting a project is a GREAT idea. I think to myself, “I’ll just take a five minute breather between the work I just came from, and then get to work on the house/school/side job/whatever.”
Wrong. Wrong-O. Because for me, that five minutes turns into an all-night procrasti-fest and I never get a thing done. So, over time, I’ve learned one very valuable lesson: there’s no such thing as a five minute break after a full day of
work school [insert here]. There’s just a big lie that I’m telling myself. And the worst part is, it’s incredibly convincing. I fall for it at least once a week. Especially because this time, it will be different. I really will (!) get up and get another load of laundry folded. I’ll definitely (!) paint another coat on the wall. I’ll finally (!) unpack my bag from my vacation and begin that art project from the awesome things I found.
But none of it ever happens. If I sit down, I don’t get back up. There’s only more vegging. So instead, I tell myself to do something, anything, when I walk through the door to the house. Get right back in the car and take the dog to the park. Start the wash. Clean out the pizza boxes from the fridge. Anything that will get me into “house mode” and let me refocus. Because once that happens, I don’t feel nearly as tired as I’d led myself to believe before I crossed the threshold. I feel like taking another step. From throwing out the pizza box, I’ll grab the trash bag and put it outside in the bin. And then I’ll take the bin to the curb. And then I’ll stop by the mailbox and pull at the crabgrass growing between my flowers. And then I’ll grab the mail, sort the junk, and throw it into the bin. And then I’ll walk back into the house and may pick up something else. Or I may sit down. But it’s better than sitting right when I walk through the door and none of it happening at all.
The point is, my initial starting point seems to make a world of difference between getting something done and wasting the night away watching Neflix. It’s so tiny and insignificant. But I swear, it works.
Sound simple enough? Sweet. Now give it a try when you get home today.