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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Chopping Big Chores down into Bite-Sized Chunks

If a cleaning, decluttering or organizing chore seems too huge to tackle, break it down into small chunks. Set a time limit of 10 minutes to an hour - whatever you can handle - and tackle one aspect of your project.

Yesterday, my husband and I decided to spend one hour cleaning out and organizing the garage. We started by breaking down all the cardboard boxes for recycling. It was amazing how that cleared out a lot of the clutter! Then we took all the things we had stashed in the garage that really needed to go into the attic above the garage. That took another significant amount of stuff away.

We still haven't finished, but we can sure see the progress! We "accidentally" spent two hours out there - it seemed a lot less because we were so encouraged by what we were accomplishing.

Apply this same principle to your area of greatest need. Break it up into small tasks and determine how much time you want to spend on it each day. For example, spending 15 minutes a day for the next five days will allow you to make significant headway as you see task after task completed. Celebrate and congratulate yourself on the accomplishment of each task! Even if the task is huge, over time you will be able to chip away at it.

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