When You Don’t Know Where to Start
Ahh the first week of December, is anyone feeling it? The crunch, the pinch, the deadlines, oh my. The other night I was feeling a little frazzled as I tend to get when things get a little chaotic. I know some who thrive on chaos, I am not one of them. I literally shut down. So knowing this I tend to avoid chaos wherever possible. It’s why I choose to maintain an organized home, have my kids participate with chores, limit outside activities among many more things I do to save my sanity and ultimately keep the peace in my family. It works for me.
However at this time of the year, there just ends up being more things that need tending to above and beyond the norm and more activities and places to go. No matter how much you scale back during the season there will still be extra stuff requiring our attention in what is often a busy schedule to begin with.
The biggest signs for me that I’m letting the chaos get the better of me comes in one of two forms. One is that I stop doing anything at all. I find myself watching more TV just to zone out and not think about it which as a result leads to more stress and things piling up around me. Or I may find myself discombobulated doing a whole pile of things half way but with nothing getting fully accomplished. Either way chaos rules the roost.
That’s when I stop and ask myself:
“What is frustrating me the most in all this chaos and how can I spend the next 15 minutes making it better?”
When I really thought about it, the one space that was making me crazy and affecting so many other areas was my office. My office is the catchall to everything in this house. As I shopped and bought Christmas presents I would throw them in, as product reviews would come in I’d throw them in, Christmas card supplies piled up, gifts to be mailed took over the floor. It got to the point that everything was a big jumbled mess overlapping with one another and I couldn’t tell one project from another. This is what was making me crazy the most. Not the fact that there were multiple projects needing to be done, but just that their was no organization to any of it. It’s a small space as you can see here and it really is the hub of my home.
Too much chaos though leads to lack of focus and organization. Lack of focus leads to a scattered inability to function. Have you been there? I’m pretty sure it happens to all of us in some way or another. Scattered and unfocused organizing is not the way to go.
So I committed 15 minutes of undivided attention to my office space. Doesn’t sound like a lot of time and all the projects I had on the go wouldn’t be accomplished in that amount of time for sure however what I could do was make some sense of it all in that time frame.
So I just started.
In 15 minutes I’d consolidated and combined projects. I put together a Christmas card basket, all gifts to be mailed when into boxes, I created a bigger home for all the upcoming product reviews and giveaways. I cleared my desk of paper which drives me batty most of all. It’s amazing what can be done in a short amount of time. And by then I was into it. As what almost always happens when I choose to just start, I got on a roll.
The success of what I’d accomplished in a short amount of time is what motivated me to continue.
And then when I had the chaos under control, I felt my breath return as the weight lifted from my shoulders. I LOVE that feeling. It makes me high with delight! :)
But sometimes we forget how great it feels or the mess and chaos become more than we think we can manage or bear and we lose focus. We become scattered and overwhelmed.
Just get started.
For you it may be a cluttered kitchen counter, a calendar without it’s dates and appointments, projects on the go, decorations half done, boxes everywhere, laundry piling up. Drill it down and pinpoint one area that bothers you the most, start there.
For 15 minutes.
I’d love to hear what you accomplished!