How to get stuff done when you really Cannot Be Bothered!!! Lets face it – its pretty much a perpetual problem for those of us juggling full time life and frugality.
Sometimes our get up and go just gets up and goes ……. and even though your head is screaming “get up, get going .. you will regret this later in the week” ….. you body just stays rooted to the sofa whinging “but I deserve to veg out!!!”
Now – what I am NOT saying is that if you are truly exhausted you shouldn’t take and utterly deserve a duvet day … but we all have (like today for me) a day where it is frankly just sheer laziness that is making me whinge like a toddler. What I need is a strategy of how to get stuff done – despite my desire to crawl under a blanket and read all day.
The thing is I know that if I just got up and off my bahookie and did SOMETHING I would feel much better – in fact if I just got up and did ANYTHING productive I know that I could enjoy the rest of my day vegging out with a clear conscience.
So how to get stuff done? Hand over the responsibility to someone (OK something) else …. in my case my trusty kitchen timer.
Set it for a short time and get up, get going and get productive …. I promise you can sit down again just as soon as the buzzer goes. You can whinge and moan and swear and protest all you like .. but you do it whilst in motion and tackling that chore that will make the biggest difference to your week.
Do you need shirts ironed for work .. great! How many can you do in the next twenty minutes if you stop making excuses about not starting?
Do you need to run the hoover round cos the bits on the carpet drive you nuts (even though no-one else seems to notice) .. fantastic .. how many rooms can you dash around in 20 minutes?
Pile of paperwork taking over the kitchen table – I bet you can open it all up and deal with most of it in the next 20 minutes.
We don’t have to be perfect, we don’t even have to finish … but it is much easier to keep going once you are in motion .. and who knows, if that pile of paperwork is almost done in 20 minutes you might just decide to keep going until it is DONE!!! And then you have my full permission to return to your sofa and channel your inner sloth … cos I will be.
Going to press publish and then I am going to clean my bathroom – the spots of toothpaste all over the taps and mirror bug the heck out of me even though it doesn’t bother anyone else.
Back in 20 … wonder what you will all pop off and achieve even though you cannot be bothered???