The premise was that problem-solving skills are enhanced by taking a break from mental work and engaging in a quiet activity that absorbed the mind in a creative way.
According to this article from CNN on the value of doing crafts, “the repetitive motions of knitting, for example, activate the parasympathetic nervous system,” which calms the mind and body.
The lesson here is that you can prevent or circumvent those feelings of I’ll-never-get-everything-done by stepping aside and doing something briefly that demands all your attention in a pleasurable way.
You may have experienced breakthrough moments of your own while running or after meditating, or other times when your mind was open to new possibilities, having taken a vacation from its analytical busy-ness.
This strategy is based on the rationale behind programs like Weight Watchers and the 30-day challenges that bloggers often organize.
It's effective for all kinds of campaigns -- to change habits, kill procrastination, or reach goals.
It doesn’t always work perfectly, but it does increase your chances for success when you feel even mildly accountable to someone else.
If you are a more private person, a journal can stand in for a person to confide in. The written word can be powerful.
|My friend, the professional organizer Geralin Thomas and owner of Metropolitan Organizing|
offers 31 days of quotes to inspire you on her organizing website.
|FlyLady tells you how to regain control.|
Begin your day with baby steps that empower you.
In other words, don’t start your day by jumping into a difficult or major project. Think baby steps. Organize one closet shelf or your junk drawer. Do your yoga routine. Make your bed and put away laundry. You’re giving yourself the opportunity to kickstart your day with a pat on the back. Carpe diem!
|I'm sure that Eddie is a well organized man. Photo: StyleAtHome.|
Do you really need to paint the nursery before your mother-in-law visits? Be kind to yourself, so you can feel good about what you actually do accomplish.
I hope you’ll find practical advice here and in my eBooks to successfully stage and maintain your own home no matter how hectic your life is. Helping you do that is my goal.