Angela Ploetz

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Getting Started is the Hardest Part

by Angela On February 10, 2011

One of the highlights of my week is going to my yoga class, which I do twice a week.  It’s great exercise but it also helps clear my mind.  I always find it interesting to relate things I notice or learn in my class to my everyday life.  One thing I have noticed over and over again is how something can look so difficult and be very intimidating, but once you do it you find that it really was not that bad.  Or perhaps it was quite easy. 

What projects do you have in your home or in your life that you have been putting off?  Is it something you could get started easily?  Here are a few tips to help you get your next organizing project started.

1. Find your inspiration.  When you are feeling stuck and intimidated by a project one of the best things you can do is think about what you want the end result to look like.  What do you want your room to look like?  What do you want to do in the room when you are done?  Creating your vision will help inspire you into action.

2. Give it a try.  What is the worst that can happen?  My attitude in yoga class is to always try something and see what happens.  I can fall on my face or I might be able to do it. 

3. Start small and easy.  Remember, Rome wasn’t built in one day.  Whether you are starting an organizing project or any other project, remember to start with one small manageable piece at a time.  If you have an entire room that you need to go through, choose one side of the room, three boxes, the floor, or any specific area.  Don’t focus on the entire project just focus on the small area you are working on.

4. Find your rhythm.  Once you get started you may find that you are on a roll.  If you find that rhythm then keep going while you are inspired.  Regardless, set a pace for yourself.  Try to get through a certain amount of items in a specific amount of time. 

5. Get help.  When starting a new organizing project get the help you need to help you get off to a strong start.  This could be someone to actually work with you or this could be someone to watch your kids so you can work without distraction.  The key is to reach out and get help so it makes the process easier for you.

Remember you are usually putting in more mental energy in resisting starting than it would take to actually start your project.  So find your inspiration and go for it.  You may find it is not as bad as you thought.

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