I recently read this article on the burnout generation, oh hi millennials. I related to almost every aspect the author mentioned – difficulty completing straightforward tasks, the mental fatigue due to lack of space optimization, and the overwhelming shame in putting off these tasks.
I began to wonder, how could I overcome this?
Of course it’s alarmingly simple: just do it. But alas Nike, that just isn’t working for me. I need a way to stop my mind from crafting that just-right excuse that enables me to roll whatever obligation or errand over until the purgatory that is “tomorrow”. After skimming a lot of self-help, self-care, and self-loathing articles, I found no answer but developed a plan.
The two-fold approach
My plan has two main facets. One, attack the errands, obligations, and clutter a little bit at a time. This is where I’m borrowing some of that initial motivation from the new year & counting on noticeable progress to finish fueling me. Each day I’m challenging myself to 10 minutes of straightening up, 1 lunch break a week for running errands, and 1 major cleaning task on the weekend. Writing it down, it doesn’t seem like a lot but I know it will make a major impact. Two, I want to do something each week that fulfills me. I challenged myself to explore more in 2019 and I want to do just that – explore my state. Arkansas has hundreds of gorgeous trails covering untouched wilderness, stunning vistas, and beautiful waterways. There is an Instagram challenge, isn’t there always, called the #52weekchallenge where participants are to complete 1 hike each week for the 52 weeks of the year. That seems more daunting than running errands honestly. Realistically, I will likely hit 2 a month but even so I’m confident in the mental rewards that will come from being in nature that much.
It worked for Thoreau soooo obviously it’s a solid plan. Oh, also I plan on binging “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” for extra motivation.