Susan Meier is back to talk about the things you want or need to do that take longer than ten minutes in #TheWriteLifeBalance...
Working with the ten-minute system of getting things done was a super cool way to keep my house looking reasonably clean, getting some writing done, improving things like end of chapter hooks and descriptions and in general giving me the idea I was in control. (LOL)
But an interesting thing happened one day. I found myself seeing things like a closet that needed to be cleaned out or a recipe I’d wanted to try – things which couldn’t be done in ten minutes – and I’d say, “Someday I’m going to do that.”
On that particular day, I found myself saying that A LOT. So, I realized the thing my system was missing was “Someday.” After some thought, I decided to create one.
The rules were simple. Every time I’d say, “Someday I’m going to clear out this cabinet.” “Someday I’m going to sew the buttons on these shirts.” “Someday I’m going to try to bake bread…” I would have to stop what I was doing and do the “someday” thing.
Now, before you think this results in pure chaos…it does. So there had to be an ending rule. When I had enough projects started that I knew it would take me until the end of the day to finish them, I would stop taking on new tasks.
But the result was fantastic. Closets were cleared. I had the pleasure of trying recipes. New dishtowels were bought. Old things were thrown away.
We have a tendency to save things like closet cleaning for spring or fall. Spring cleaning or holiday cleaning. LOL But the truth is, things like this are much more easily handled in smaller chunks. Clean one closet instead of thinking you can clean them all in one day. Try baking buns before you ruin the batch meant for Christmas diner – not that I know anyone who did that.
If you don’t want to create a Someday…which is fun but can be chaotic…just create a “one thing”
Someday. The first “Someday” thing you say on your day off is the one project you have to do.
Once a week clean a closet, try a new recipe, buy the new towels (or sheets) you’ve been needing. And those projects that seem to hang in limbo will suddenly be getting done.
Then your life really will be easier.
And that’s about it for the 10-minute Solution system. I'd love ideas for what you'd like me to talk about over the next few months.
Susan's next book, The Spanish Millionaire's Runaway Bride, is coming in February. For more information about her and her writing, check out her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
What someday would you like to start today? Tell us in the comments or use #WriteLifeBalance on Social Media to join the #PHS discussion on this subject.