This morning, I’m having a great Pen round-up. Do you have an item that accumulates in different places? I go to grab a pen to write something and it lands on the kitchen island as I stop to get my son something. Day-after-day this activity generates a small collection of pens on the island. Pens also accumulate in areas that I tend to leave or look through my purse (and inside my purse).
How to do your very own round-up: First, pull together all the like items in one spot to see how many there are. Next, return the items to a “home” where they belong. Toss, swap, sell or donate the excess. Identifying a home location and consistent maintenance the item’s location saves time, reduces replacement purchases, and keeps flat surfaces and work areas clear. Small actions add-up.
Consider a great round-up of your own. Will you round up pens, hair bands, books, notebooks, or something else?
Do you start a task but get easily distracted? Believe-it-or-not, this can get in the way of finishing the task you set out to accomplish. Setting a timer and every once-in-awhile ask “am I doing what I set out to do?”
The Time Timer® productivity tool may help. The clock shows the passage of time visually with a color disc that gets smaller and smaller as the time passes. Check it out and remember: Focus on getting started! Starting on a task for a minute or five can feel less overwhelming than thinking about completing the whole project. It’s our actions that help us make progress and you can’t finish without first getting started.