All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.
Plus, it makes her less productive! If you want to get those projects done or tackle some clutter you need to have balance. Make sure you enjoy some downtime!
You’ve worked hard all week. Maybe you’ve even decided to finally tackle an organizing project that you’ve been avoiding. Go you!
But first, the laundry needs to be washed because you have no clean underwear. You need to sort through the mail that has been piling up all week. Then, you need to pick up the shoes, toys, backpacks, projects and all sorts of clutter that has been dumped on countertops and floors because you can’t think with all this clutter hanging around!
Now, you are just overwhelmed, exhausted and unmotivated to do any of it!
OK – that was a flashback scene from my “old life,” and I have a funny feeling I’m not the only one that understands this chaotic cycle. Yes, I was busy (too busy) but because I was overwhelmed nothing got done completely or correctly.
Luckily, I finally figured out how to break the cycle. I wasn’t being productive because I wasn’t resting. Productivity and downtime are 2 sides of the same coin. Who knew, right?
Don’t Power Through
It’s instinctual for some of us to power through the task(s) at hand. Before you know it, it’s Monday and the cycle starts all over again. You didn’t even get to enjoy the weekend. Did you know that giving yourself a break actually makes you more productive?!
Powering through and never slowing down leads to burn out. Take a breather. Take a vacation. When it’s time to get back to work you’ll accomplish so much more because you’ll have a fresh new perspective. Downtime resets and energizes our brains, bodies and souls.
Do A Little Decluttering every Monday – Friday
I know decluttering every weekday doesn’t sound fun, but I promise it’s exponentially easier and less painful than spending your weekends dealing with the mess that was created during the week. Just work it into your daily routine.
In as little as 15 minutes each day you can be productive and accomplish at least one of the following:
- Fold and put away one load of laundry. Click here to see why I do this every day.
- Sort your daily mail. Once this becomes habit, it should only take 60 seconds a day.
- Put away scattered shoes.
- Clear off one cluttered table or countertop.
- Empty all trashcans.
If you declutter for 15 minutes every weekday your weekends don’t have to be filled with chores, and you’ll have some much deserved downtime.
Use the Pomodoro Technique