Stop thinking about it: Do it!

14 September 2015

Stop thinking, start doing

My newly lined drawer

Do you have little organizing projects around your house that are constantly taunting you? Do you walk through a room, see a pile and say to yourself, “I need to file.” Then just keep walking?

I do that all the time. It’s such a waste of mental energy when I could just do the task, rather than thinking about it. This really struck home this weekend. I had two little tasks (get my food storage containers in order and line a couple of kitchen drawers with non-skid drawer liner) that I have been telling myself to do for ages. I bought that drawer liner—and left it in plain sight!—a couple of months ago.

So yesterday, I promised myself I’d accomplish these two tasks. And do you know how long it took? Less than five minutes each. Seriously, the food-storage containers took a minute. A minute! And lining the drawers with this super easy Zip ‘N’Fit liner took five minutes. And now my drawer dividers don’t slide around. It’s a great thing.

Take a look around your house. Are there little tasks that you keep meaning to get around to doing? Do one of them! Or set a timer and do one of them for just ten minutes then come back it later. (That’s what I need to do with some filing.)

It’s crazy how I let these tasks tweak my brain rather than just relieving my brain by accomplishing the task. I think my motto this week is going to be *Just Do It!&

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Comments

We often get caught into that kind of dull dilemas. “I should do this” “I’ll fix that tomorrow” but the date seems never come to us to do the little things or long wanting projects. It’s time to stop thinking and move on to the realm of doing. Like you said, most of the time those are quick things to do and it’s better address them now instead of a coming day that never shows up.

Thank you for posting Janine.

Nacho Eguiarte 09/16/2015 11:48 AM

Than you for commenting, Nacho! I always love your perspective.

Janine Adams 09/16/2015 11:57 AM

Such a good reminder. I get stuck on the reasoning that “I must complete this job before I start that job” and neither gets finished for ages

Nan Bailey 04/10/2017 01:49 AM

Thanks so much for commenting, Nan!

Janine Adams 04/10/2017 07:18 AM

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About Janine

Hello! I’m Janine Adams — a certified professional organizer based in St. Louis, and the creator of Peace of Mind Organizing®.

I love order, harmony + beauty, but I believe that the way that you feel about yourself and your home is what truly matters.

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