This week closes out my 4 part mental health spring cleaning series! In part 1 we harmonized our spaces with intentional changes to our living and work areas; part 2 focused on simplifying and decluttering those areas; and part 3 honed in on the upcycle: finding new meaning for older items. In part 4, let’s do a little detailing.
As we close out this week, I want you to shift your focus and take action on avoided tasks.
We all have “the junk draw”. Oh you know, the vortex in your car, apartment, or mini house that serves as the Mecca for all the miscellaneous things that have no home. Maybe that space in your kitchen where the pots & pans need reorganizing. Or, maybe it’s the pile of clothes you’re avoiding that needs to be taken to the dry cleaner.
You probz know it’s time to take action. This week stop avoiding it.
At times anxiety-related procrastination takes place. I tend to have dichotomous thinking surrounding tasks and frame everything in an all or nothing mindset. I’ll avoid what I can’t fully complete, because I equate having [all] the time usually needed to complete a task with the quality of my work. Since I am very detailed oriented, read: pensive, the act of doing something in “pieces” tends to freak me out.
But that can be problematic.
For example, I will look at the same basket of clothes on the floor and avoid them because I do not perceive I have enough time to fold them properly and put them away, relatable? I then think placing all of the clothes on the bed would get my act together, but I just made THAT pile another home. Enough is enough. We are canceling our Sanford and Son tendencies pronto. Instead of functioning within the chaos of avoidance, this week- eliminate it.
Positive Distraction of The Week:
Shift your focus on things that you always put on the do list and never get to complete. Avoid making excuses this week and the “I’ll get to this later” (yeah right). Focus on the single task and break the chains of avoidance. Here are additional ideas for tasks you’re probably avoiding:
- Taking those clothes to the donation center
- Hemming those pants that keep falling down
- Fixing the loose buttons on your shirts
- Removing the pills from your cardigans (I use this one)
- Cleaning the inside of your microwave
- Clearing the space between your oven glass
- Tackling “the chair” that is currently holding anything from your laptop to last week’s mail
- Cleaning your apple product charger (if applicable & Mr. Clean bars are my trick)
- Cleaning out the cup holder areas of your car
- Cleaning out your e-mail inbox
- Unsubscribe from all of the accounts you no longer need “20%” off from
To hold myself accountable, I’m tracking my tasks in a bullet journal this week.
During my dissertation year, a friend of mine talked about his use of grids to keep him organized while conducting his research. I couldn’t really process much of what he was saying at the time read: dissertation brain, but with a lot of happenings and projects I’m currently working on, I revisited the idea & let’s just say: mind=blown. The ‘bujo’ helps me take action on things I really don’t want to do.
The best part of this journal is the ability to design a system that works best for you. No two journals will look the same as all of our minds process information differently.
A major contributor to procrastination is mood. Checking in with myself and mood using my bullet journal is a great way to see where my head’s at and plan my tasks accordingly. Also, the quick shading of cells in the journal are super calming and a great end to each day.
Takeaway: Tackle the areas that you intentionally avoid. Sort through all of the items and figure out what you need to get rid of. Clear out every bit, piece, odd and end. Your new mood is waiting.
Well friends, that closes my 4 part spring cleaning series. My hope is that you have transformed a space for yourself in small increments. Feel free to let me know how this series worked for you this spring and the impact of your living space & wellness. You can like, comment, or share below.
Thanks for checking in and let’s followup in one week!
Best, Dr. Dyce
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