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What To Do When Making Progress Feels Impossible

What is stopping you from decluttering your space?  What is holding you back from making progress?  You want to make a change.  You want to feel more calm, confident, and in control at home.  But, you are hitting blocks.

  • You feel like you don’t have enough time to make progress.
  • You don’t know what to do with the stuff you want to get rid of.
  • You don’t know where to start.
  • You don’t have the motivation to get started.
  • You don’t feel like change is possible.

Is this sounding familiar?

If I am striking a chord within you, be present with that.  Sit with that feeling.  What is the block?

Look, I totally get it.  I hit blocks all of the time.  If something is not super easy to do, I probably won’t do it.  If I’m not tee-ing myself up for success, the likelihood of change occurring is slim to none.  

As an example, let’s start with this blog post.  I recently made a commitment to write 1 blog post per week.  If that blog post can reach 1,000 words, that’s awesome.  BUT, I ran into blocks:

  • When am I going to do it?
  • I don’t have the motivation to type for 30+ minutes.
  • What if it’s not good?
  • What if I don’t know what to write about?

And so on and so forth.  So, here’s the thing.  Trying to carve out 30-45 minutes in a day that is already super busy with work, kids, dinner, bedtime routines, you name it, is really, really hard to do.  And what did I just talk about above?  If it’s hard to do, then I’m probably not going to do it. 

So, how do I make this easier?

How to make things easier and make progress


I start by lowering the bar A LOT.  Just sit down and type, Jill.  Who cares if it’s good?  The important thing is that you’re typing!  Sit down and type out something you want to talk about, and type like you’re talking to someone.  Type the worst blog post you’ve ever written as quickly as possible.  Then close the document and move on.

Oh, and type the blog post after you’ve just hosted your live class for your Household Management class on Thursday night.  You’re at your computer, thinking about what you just taught, with all of those thoughts and ideas swimming around your head.  Write about that.  That’s going to come naturally, and your computer is already open so….just don’t get out of your chair.  Stay there after class ends and type.

A-ha.  Now we’re onto something.

I’ve now made it easier by removing the fear of not writing a good blog, AND curating the perfect overhead space of already being in my chair, at my computer, with fresh ideas in my brain.  I’ve made it easier.  It’s still not a walk in the park, but it’s a heck of a lot easier.

Let’s move this approach to decluttering.  If you try to find 15 minutes to declutter your closet, and place those 15 minutes into a random part of your day, and put that expectation on yourself to do this thing that you actually don’t want to do because it doesn’t sound fun…IS IT GOING TO HAPPEN?  No, probably not.  This is not because I’m a negative person, it’s because I’m a realistic person.

So, how do we make it easier?

Using overhead to continue making progress

 


When you are putting your laundry away, and you have a pile of clothes on your bed, and as you pick up each item you ask yourself – do I need to keep this?  Any items you don’t want to keep, you toss into a basket on your closet floor.  Now it’s easier.  Now it’s actually doable.  We just used the overhead of putting away laundry to take 15 minutes to declutter.  Winning, in my opinion.

When you are in the kitchen, cooking a meal, and you have all of your cooking gadgets out, open that drawer next to the oven and pull everything out.  You already have a mess on the counter, and you are already in the kitchen doing something, so just layer on some decluttering.  

Make it as easy as possible versus create a stand-alone event. 

This is why I create blocks in my schedule.  I have an errand block every other Wednesday.  I am in my car, running errands, doing all the stops, and combining that into one event.  I’m not going to pop around to random stores on random days and waste overhead.  I want to be as efficient as possible, and get things done when they make sense to get done.

So, here is my question for you:  If you are not currently doing something that you really want to do, need to do, or feel like you should do…how can you make it easier so that you actually do it?  Look at your overhead opportunities.  If you have to put gas in your car, empty all the trash while you’re there and do a quick clean up inside your car.  If you are putting your makeup on, toss the expired products you’ve been meaning to get rid of.  Layer it on when you’re already doing the activity.  

And, let me be the first to tell you – YOU CAN DO THIS.  I believe in you.  Now go make it easier on yourself, and start making some progress!

Make it as easy as possible versus creating a stand-alone event.


This is why I create blocks in my schedule.  I have an errand block every other Wednesday.  I am in my car, running errands, doing all the stops, and combining that into one event.  I’m not going to pop around to random stores on random days and waste overhead.  I want to be as efficient as possible, and get things done when they make sense to get done.

So, here is my question for you:  If you are not doing something that you really want to do, need to do, or feel like you should do…how can you make it easier so that you actually do it?  Look at your overhead opportunities.  If you have to put gas in your car, empty all the trash while you’re there and do a quick clean-up inside your car.  If you are putting your makeup on, toss the expired products you’ve been meaning to get rid of.  Layer it on when you’re already doing the activity.  

And, let me be the first to tell you – YOU CAN DO THIS.  I believe in you.  Now go make it easier on yourself and make progress!

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