In this beautiful book I read with my kids, Suzy is told by her mom to pick up her room. Her room is such a mess that she’s not even sure where to start. She feels overwhelmed by the mess. What should she do?
Have you been there?
Have you ever taken a look at your kitchen, the piles of kids’ toys, your to-do list for work, and just stood there?
Overwhelmed and unsure of where to even start?
The endless lists. The piles that keep appearing, like a game of whack-a-mole. The dishes, laundry, kids’ toys. The emails, slack messages, interruptions. The work projects.
Where do you even start?
Do what Suzy and her mom do. (and what I do with my kids when their toys are all over the house).
Play the seek and sort game. Pick one task, one list, one subject. And start.
Process your emails (not just read them, but respond, delete, file, figure out the next action).
Find that one task that’s been lingering on your list and do it.
Find all the tasks that will take less than two minutes and see how many you can do in 30 minutes.
Identify the next step on an important work project and take it.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and work on that task you have been avoiding.
The point here is to pick one spot, any spot, and tackle it.
And, if you’re really struggling, put all the tasks on separate sheets of paper in a bowl and draw one out. Do it. Repeat.
Seek. Sort. Start.
Your future self will thank you.
This is a true picture of my kid’s old playroom. It was amazing how quickly they made a mess to the point that they couldn’t play in it! And we had to pick one spot, one toy category, and start cleaning up! Life can feel this messy sometimes, huh?!