Organizational inertia is that stuck feeling most people get when they think about an organizational task they have yet to do, like cleaning out a messy closet or getting ahead of hectic schedules. Until you start, the mere thought of the energy and time required to deal with a task is paralyzing. So you procrastinate.
Happily, breaking through to get momentum working in your favor is actually easier than you might think. All you need is five minutes you can get much more crossed off your list in five minutes than you might think.
Here are 10 thought starters for you.
1 Make a dent on your closet: Start by getting rid of dry-cleaner bags and setting orphan hangers aside to recycle with your dry cleaner.
2 Fold lingering laundry: If youve got a basket waiting, or a bunch of items in the dryer, tackle them. Just be sure to set your timer for five minutes somehow folding this way unleashes your inner beat the clock competitor.
3 Pay bills online: Most banks offer very streamlined online bill-payment systems, which make crossing a payment off your list as easy as one or two points and clicks.
4 Make a meal plan: Make a menu plan for the next two or three days. 5 Tackle a junk drawer: If you havent touched an item in it within 12 months, dont let it paralyze you. Simply get rid of it or recycle it.
6 Get your priorities straight: Write down your top priorities for the day or week ahead and schedule them. A great way to get in the five-minute habit of doing this is to sit down with a structured notepad each morning before you open your computer to check emails.
7 Toss/recycle your junk mail: All in, it takes probably two minutes to cycle through a stack while standing over the recycle bin. While youre at it, get on the do-not-mail list via updater.com.
8 Give your car a pit-stop clean: Pull into a gas station. Take all of the trash out of your car and toss.
9 Prepare for your next errand run: Map your errands on a note pad before running them so that you get this weeks done more efficiently and spend less while youre at it because you have a list.
10 Schedule a donation pickup: Log on to scheduleapickup.com to schedule a pick up of items you want to donate, from clothes to furniture.