Take Action On Avoided Tasks

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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:

Examples: 

  1. Taking those clothes to the donation center
  2. Hemming those pants that keep falling down
  3. Fixing the loose buttons on your shirts
  4. Removing the pills from your cardigans (I use this one)
  5. Cleaning the inside of your microwave
  6. Clearing the space between your oven glass
  7. Tackling “the chair” that is currently holding anything from your laptop to last week’s mail
  8. Cleaning your apple product charger (if applicable & Mr. Clean bars are my trick)
  9. Cleaning out the cup holder areas of your car
  10. 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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The UpCycle

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So now that you’ve accomplished a more zen living space and parted ways with your little league jersey, let’s repurpose & reuse.  

Frugality and frustration are often driving forces of my creativity. I hate buying the same things over and over again, and worse: buying things that I know I could have made myself and/or better than the retail item! I’ve dedicated part III of this series to the UpCycle.

up·cy·cle

ˈəpˌsīkəl/

verb

  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

I’m a big fan of repurposing and DIY because it feels a lot like problem solving. It keeps the brain sharp while providing the satisfaction of actually completing a task; We cherish the things that we build and create ourselves. Also, when you take the time to DIY, you begin to relearn the value of time by spending it on creating new things. It’s that close attention to detail of the process that makes the entire experience worth it. I’m game. Let’s do this

Positive Distraction of the Week:

Spend some time this week brainstorming a new project to reuse an item differently. Need ideas? I got you. Check out awesome creations here and here and here while you channel your inner Tim the Tool Man Taylor & Bob Vila. I encourage you to get lost on instructables.com.

Need an idea on a smaller scale? Set a timer for 15 minutes and list a few household items that need a little TLC.  Examples: maybe you have a watch that could use a good polish, shoes that need cleaning, or a piece of furniture that could use a new coat of paint and be restored to new.  

This week I repurposed two old tea kettles & turned them into new homes for my herbs. I’m excited to watch these new babies grow, but even more stoked to have found new use for these old family items!

Let me know how part III of the spring cleaning series works out for you and your UpCycle plans. Share with a friend, comment down below and I’ll see you later this week!

Best, Dr. Dyce

Simplify Your Life

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Hello there! So. You’ve taken the time to increase the positive vibes in your home with these tips, now let’s kick this mental health spring cleaning up another notch. Part II of this series focuses on simplifying your spaces. Decluttering is a vital move to increase your self-care and enhance those environmental vibes. Ask yourself: do I seriously need this?

Clutter affects your brain & mess causes stress.

Your physical spaces affect your emotional clarity and can impact your functioning. In the last ten years I’ve lived in 5 different states and abroad.  Living as a vagabond has its perks, i.e. I learned a few things about efficient packing but I realized I never needed half of what I had in my apartment and over time I just kept accumulating. Therefore, a few years ago I started to adopt a minimal lifestyle. I got tired of having too many things and I decided to own less.

Clutter is symptomatic of delayed decision making.―Cynthia Kyriazis

Think about going through your house and examine what things are necessary to keep and which can go. When I get on a cleaning tirade, I generally have four piles: donate, trash, keep, & friend.

After time, not only did I find my spaces to be more visually appealing and helpful toward my mood, I felt more productive in my work and living space. Less items = less stress of having to put all of the things back into their places. 

I also applied this thinking to clothing and wardrobe. In a nutshell I limit the amount of options I have & created a “uniform” of sort for each day. It has dramatically helped to decrease the stress of “finding something to wear” and has increased my time for more important things, like: making breakfast in the morning or packing a sufficient lunch.

Positive Distraction of the Week:

The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you. Go through your newly harmonized living and/or work space and simplify. Decide what you don’t need and figure out a plan for the rest. Here is a neat chart to help you part ways with those old sweatshirts, birthday presents where the t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶t̶f̶u̶l̶ sender forgot who you were, and those glitter platforms you know you’re never going to wear, but still try to rationalize. You can do it. 

Takeaway: By  simplifying different areas of life, you start to focus on quality over quantity and can shift your thinking prior to purchase on what matters the most. Not to mention, enhanced mood is a total win. 

Thanks so much for clicking in. Let’s follow-up in a week. I’ll see you next Sunday!

Best, Dr. Dyce

Interior Vibes

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This post kicks off a 4-part Sunday series I’ve created for March, largely inspired by a personal fave of mine: spring cleaning.

Let’s work this month to invoke tranquility and positive juju.

We underestimate the energy that flows when we have furniture positioned a particular way or how different angles can affect our mannerisms, non-verbal behaviors, and overall functioning.  In short, spatial placement can affect your mood. Our homes are to be a comfortable space as we seek shelter, rest our head, and recuperate from the world there.

Similarly, our work spaces should generate productivity and efficiency to accomplish tasks. This week I focus on the power of Feng Shui and how to bring the harmonization back to your living and/or work space through furniture movement and cleaning practices. Whether you pick a specific room or make a project to Feng Shui your entire home or office, check out a few of the tips below to get going and bring the spring season in right. Still reaching over cords and hard to move areas? Cancel that. Let’s increase the good interior vibes. 

Positive Distraction of the Week:

Feng-shui an area or room in your living or work space. Small adjustments like rearranging objects and accessibility can make a huge impact and increase positive vibes.  The three most important spaces in any home are:

1. your entrance area

2. your kitchen and

3. your master bedroom

Take a look at those handy lists for Feng Shui basics to get started.  Once you’ve got the general idea, kick it up a notch and work on a few of the smaller details like color, photographs, and lighting. 

Pro-tip: Take a listen to this month’s self-care sunday playlist while you start shifting your space.

Cheers to happy vibes and positive adjustments. Be sure to follow-up next Sunday. Thanks for clicking in!

Best, Dr. Dyce