Tip #2 – Do It Now

We are initiating a new habit, and we are calling it the “Do it Now Habit” I believe I speak for all of us O.C.P. (Organizationally Chal- lenged People) when I say that we are master procrastinators. I’ll do it later is as natural for us to proclaim as it for us to say “Hello” when we answer the phone.

You must come to a conclusion that this statement, “I’ll do it later” is now a thing of the past.

Here are some do it later moments: You are in the bank drive through, you put your drivers license, debit card and transaction in the carrier.

It gets sucked to the teller, and you wait. When it comes back to you, you take the envelope out, put the canister back, and you look at the contents or you don’t, that isn’t the point here. You then put the envelope on the seat and pull away.

What you do with the envelope is the point here, or rather what you DON’T do with the envelope.

You don’t put your debit card or drivers license back where they be- long, in your wallet or purse. “I’ll do it later.” you say to yourself…

How many times have you been behind the 8-ball because of this? The time you thought you were SAVING by not putting it away, you ended up wasting. You had to search for your license or debit card later on in the day, or even days later when you realized it was gone.

Here is another “I’ll do it later.” scenario. I’m sure it is one you are familiar with. You are at the grocery store, you are finished online, the cashier gives you the change, and far be it from you to inconvenience the person behind you. So, what do you do? You stuff the change or receipt into your purse or pocket and push the cart out of the store like a hur- ried freak.

I’m telling you to employ the DO IT NOW habit here. The people behind you can wait the FIVE seconds it will take you to put your card and such back where it all needs to go, not crumbled up with the receipt in a clump in your hand.
You can make sure that you have your keys, the last bag packed, your cell phone, and debit/credit card before you walk DIGNIFIEDLY out of the store.

How many times have you had to go back for your keys when you arrived to your vehicle? Or have gone home without a bag, only to call the store to hold it till you could go back there and get it at another time? I’m telling you, take your time and DO IT NOW!

Ask your OG (Organizationally Gifted) friends how often they need to return to the store for left items. You will be surprised that it is not a common occurrence for them. May be NEVER!

Here is another example: You arrive home with an arm full of things and drop your keys with all of your items. You say “I’ll get them later” and continue on with whatever your agenda was. Later you need to run an errand and go for your keys, but you can’t find them. You forget all about the fact that you dropped them when you arrived home earlier and you begin to tear apart the house.

You will SUDDENLY remember, but not before you became late for where you were go- ing and not before you made a shambles of the house, as well as making everyone who happened to live with you upset.

Here are some “Do it Now” moments I want you to incorporate. When you open up some- thing that has a wrapper, you throw it out now, not later. You spill something as you pour a drink, wipe it up now, not later. You get out of the shower and there are clothes on the floor you took off before getting in, take them with you and put them in the hamper NOW not later. See?

Just do it all now, and you can thank me later. : )

Much Love to you!

Kathy

 

 
The Tidy Tutor

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Jim Colas - Reply

good tip katie.

Jennifer Collard - Reply

Doing things now is the way to go, but it’s gonna kill me before I get everything cleaned up and decluttered!

Jo Sanders - Reply

That is me I do everything LATER.Especialy puting my change in my wallet at the gro.store. Then I never can find my recites.

Jes - Reply

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the lovely video…its really the best for

Me 😕

marianne - Reply

Hello Kathy 🙂 I just found your videos and tips – you are sooo good at motivating! My house is allready much tidyer, I follow your tips and they really help me to get organized 🙂 The best tip for me, that has helped me the most is the Do It Now tip! So thank you sooo much!Love from Norway:)

    The Tidy Tutor - Reply

    Thank so much for the comment Marianne! I so appreciate it. Thanks for letting me know where your re from, I love that.

barbaralee - Reply

Hi Kathy! I stumbled onto your site the other day and I have to say, I am so motivated to get my house in shape! I’m already incorporating the “cleaning and putting away the dishes right away” tip, but putting things away, right away, may be a bit of a challenge for me. I will do my best and try to incorporate my family into helping in this area. Thanks for helping this OCP!
Barb
Pennsylvania

Patricia Ferguson - Reply

My favorite saying is, “I NEED to …” but never get around to what I need to do. Consequently I am feeling more and more harried about all the things I NEED to do but never do! Surprise! Need to remember the Do It Now approach to more things. Most of them would take just a few minutes. Thanks for the tips – keep them coming.

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    Thanks so much Patricia! Have you considered my course? It will change everything! And with the support you get with it, you can’t lose.

Therese - Reply

Do it now, means so much to me. I could relate to most of the scenarios. I just realized that the reason I don’t “do it now” , is in the back of my mind, I think maybe if I don’t do it now, I won’t have to do it. Sounds silly but your message made me think about why I put things off. The subconscious mind is a powerful thing.

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    “I think that maybe if I don’t do it now, I won’t have to do it.” Somehow we’ve gotten this mindset that things that need to be done are the enemy. OGP (Organizationally Gifted People) don’t see stuff that has to get done as anything else but stuff that’s got to get done.

    We on the other hand, avoid all the things we have to do like the plague and then spend all our free time catching up on all the things that we put off.

    It doesn’t serve us, it’s a lie that we’ve believed and it’s in the conscious mind, the most powerful mind of all where all of it stops.

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    I get it! it is so silly when you think of it! But when you are aware you can ask yourself this question: “Will I have to do this later?” and if the answer is YES then you can move ahead and “don it now” LOL 🙂

carol - Reply

Do it now makes sense. I am starting to put it into practice and life is a lot smoother, its becoming second nature to me, except when Im really tired..

sara - Reply

This is a good one! I hxve so many things I left to do “later” ! I hope I can catch up!!

    Kathy Robers - Reply

    You don’t have to catch up. Your exactly where you should be.

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