How to Tackle an Overwhelming Task

This blog was inspired by Rose, one of my members inside my Tidy Tutor Insider world, she posted what I have quoted below…

“It still amazes me how we OC [Organizationally Challenged] people perceive time. There was a task I wanted to get done this morning, and I really didn’t want to do it. But, I was my “own mommy” and told myself to do it for 15 minutes and 15 more minutes until it was done.

I expected it to take me about an hour (giving myself breaks…. I told myself). So, I put on a song from YouTube and started my first 15 minutes.”

I finished the task in 13 minutes. 😀 Yes, we can be silly about things like that, but we are also friggin’ awesome! Happy Thursday people 🙂 ❤” ROSEOrganizationally Challenged types such as we, have a warped perception of time.

We think that everything will take too long so we get overwhelmed before we begin and often we never start.

This really brings horrific consequences into our lives.
 
The things we put off because we think we will never be able to complete are some of the most pressing and agitating things in our lives. Expressed as “YOU CAN’T” beacons living in our homes.

I’ve got a solution to this problem, and a problem it is, because things left undone over an extended period of time effects every facet of our lives and it seeps into our subconscious as becoming an acceptable way to live, seeps into our sense of self-worth believing that we are not good enough and giving into the feeling of futility, another word for hopeless.

The FIRST thing to do is recognize that we have a problem. Let’s call it “Warped perception of time syndrome.”

We have to come to terms that we can’t estimate how long something takes and bypass our minds decision not to begin and just get started on it even if our body is kicking and screaming all the way.

SECOND: Put blinders on.

As predominantly right brained individuals we see the entire picture. We can’t see just a task we see ALL the tasks at one time, the look of a room, or project comes flooding into all of our senses with a matrix like time laps visual, filling our brains until all of the components of what has to be done overflows out of every orifice in our heads and consumes our aura like a cement suit.

So, decide what ONE thing will you will do first and where you will start. (more about putting blinders on in the video as well.)

THIRD you have to set a timer when you begin that daunting task.

There is something about the knowing that a DING is going to happen and attached to that lovely sound is the END of the project! Or at least to the session we’ve committed to.

I recommend setting a timer for 15 minutes. We can do anything for 15 minutes and knowing that it’s ONLY 15 minutes helps us stay on task and resist the fatal “I can’t do this anymore!” silent scream from within.

Most of the time these projects or problem areas we are thinking about are spaces at home that have been looming for a long, long time, almost so long that we hardly even notice them anymore.

Whether it is a mountain of laundry that needs to be folded and put away, a closet that is overflowing & taking over a room or the refrigerator that has lifeforms about to apply for a social security cards, I’m telling you that NOTHING takes as long as we think it does.

FOURTH we have to do something (that Rose referred to) called, “Be your own mommy!”

I want you to actually talk to yourself.

“Now Kathy, just get started. Remember, You think it will take too long… but you have to believe me that it won’t take as long as you think. Just start and you’ll see!”

(More about “being our own mommy” insidet he video as well.)

FIFTH: Even if you don’t believe that a project will take less time than you think, have faith in my words.

Believe me and deny the urge to quit before you begin and prove me! See if I’m right.

In my next week’s email, I will continue with the topic of our warped perception of time and will address the unconscious messes we leave laying around and how our warped perception of time is the culprit.

Don’t worry! I will also provide a foolproof method to concur that and turn it around developing a new habit that will empower us to be the OGP (Organizationally Gifted Person) without the ridged nature of course… that we dream of being.

Till Next Week!

Kathy

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Teresa Townsell - Reply

I needed to hear this! I’m getting NOTHING done around my house . . . and it’s interfering with my life! I do need to behave in a way so I can things done! Success would be great!
1. I’m struggling with this problem.
2. Put blinders on.
3. Set a timer.
4. Be my own mommy!
5. Believe in the process.
Thanks, Kathy!

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    Thanks so much Theresa! I want to know how it goes for you! Did you try it?

Angela - Reply

I love that cartoon app! It’s so fun and virtual realityish!

But THANK YOU! The time thing is so true. I’ll take your advice and give it a shot. Because I put things away and then get distracted by something else

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    Thanks for the comment Angela! I appreciate it. Let me know how it works for you!

Cyntha - Reply

Oh my gosh, am I ever glad I found you, Kathy!! I have been ill for a very long time and I’m so far behind on everything! In addition, I am starting a blog and possibly a speaking ministry, therefore, my mind is just spinning and ready to burst with ideas and what needs to be done!! I praise God for making me well and I am extremely grateful, but so overwhelmed! It is such a joy to be able to complete normal tasks such as sweeping the floor, but I so need to get organized so that I can think straight! Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you, thank you for your help!

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    Oh Cynthia! Please join my course. Did you know that it is only $29 a month? I should be charging soooooooo much more. But I want everyone to afford the help. You need it. If it is tough, find a way. Read my latest blog. https://thetidytutor.com/i-want-to-succed-in-life/ (I just wrote it) You will be THRILLED right from the start and inside my members area I have a course on how to set goals to the point where they are plugged into your calendar.

    Thanks for the comment. I hope you will become a member!

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