• Stephanie Neely

How to Get Unstuck

Updated: May 21, 2020

The most common issue I've seen among all my clients is being stuck. They get in this procrastination rut and they don't know how to get themselves out. There's no shame in that, nor is there shame in hiring a pro to help get out - we all have those times. Sometimes the mess is so large it really behooves you to call for an extra pair of eyes and hands to help you declutter. But I want to help you discover how to get a jumpstart on organizing your home - or getting any project done that you've been putting off for awhile. You can make your home into a luxury dream home! Let's get this show on the road!

1. Do It NOW

The #1 piece of advice I can give is to take Nike's advice and Just Do It! Don't put it off. Don't start a different project or sit down with your phone and surf the web for ideas. DO IT. Now. I'll wait.

As the wise Mark Twain once said, "If you eat a live frog in the morning nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." So do it. Eat the frog. First thing. Don't wait. Don't create a long plan that takes longer to create than to actually complete the project itself. Don't start anything else except maybe a cup of coffee. Then go DO IT.

2. Start a Timer

Set a timer for 15 minutes. See what you can do during those 15 minutes. Because getting started is the hardest thing to overcome, setting that timer gives you no choice but to start now and it breaks it into small enough bites that you can easily manage. If you set a timer for an hour or two it becomes overwhelming and you start to look at the big picture and get yourself overwhelmed. You also give yourself more leeway to piddle around and take breaks. Take breaks between the timers not on the clock so make your timers doable.

3. Divide and Conquer

If the project is just so massive and overwhelming that you really feel you need a plan of action, then separate different projects in the project into tasks and make them manageable. Do one project per day. If you finish early, great! But don't make the mini-projects so large you can't finish them by lunchtime.

If you have to try on 70 pairs of pants to decide what to keep and what to toss, break it up. Try 5 on in the morning before you get dressed, and 5 more in the evening before you slip into your PJs. You'll be done in a week.

4. Don't Mulit-task

Put your phone on do not disturb. Tell everyone you're stepping away and will be unavailable. Turn off the TV. The only thing you should have going on is perhaps some relaxing or jamming-out music to pump you up, depending on your style and preference.

5. Create Motivation

When you know you're not the type who can do things alone, recruit accountability. Make sure someone is checking in on you to see if you've accomplished your goals for the day. And reward yourself at the end of each task! Even if it's just a small reward like a relaxing bath or an ice cream cone (Fresh ice cream in Cary is our favorite). You've done a great job reaching your goals - don't discount that or underplay it. Celebrate!

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