Sunday, November 05, 2006

A Funny Way to End Procrastination - Talk Yourself Into It

The other day I came up with a funny idea for us Happy Slob Housecleaners to stop procrastinating once and for all. And it involves a WEE bit of bullying yourself. Or at least talking yourself INTO cleaning, rather than talking yourself right OUT of it. We need a saying that will move us to action, even when we REALLY DON'T FEEL like cleaning - but don't have a valid reason not to get to work.

Come up with an inspirational saying that will motivate YOU to get up off your bum and start cleaning. It can be funny, such as: "I don't want to turn into my mother-in-law!" or it could be serious, such as: "I'm going to devote 10 minutes to cleaning right now. Up and at 'em!" Or, it could be as wacky as: "Come on you slobbo, time for a cleaning burst!"

Come up with a saying that will work for you. Mine is going to be: "10 Minutes from now, what will I have accomplished?" If it's nothing worthwhile, then it's time to do a cleaning burst...or work a bit on a focus room. Or tackle a bit of decluttering. Whatever - 10 minutes really do make a huge difference. Try it and you'll see that for yourself.

PS. And...motivate yourself to action with a small reward at the end of the task. Maybe a nice cup of tea, or a telephone call to a friend, or an extra few minutes to read that novel you love so much. Whatever it is - rewarding yourself is certainly a good way to get motivated to clean - especially at first, before good new habits have kicked in.

Right and speaking of those good cleaning habits -- The Happy Slob's Guide to Housecleaning is your 1st step to undertaking new - fun and easy! - cleaning habits. If you still don't have your own personal copy, hop over there and pick one up. It'll do amazing things for your motivation. :) And I promise it's not scary in the least. In fact, it's good CLEAN (hardy har har) fun...

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