As I strive to rise above my feelings to do the things that need to be done, I’m finding that it’s incredibly helpful to take the advice of Flylady, who suggests that we get our work accomplished in fifteen minute intervals. If I’m looking at a kitchen sink filled with dirty dishes, pots and pans all over the counter, a table that needs to be cleared and a floor that needs to be swept, I can start feeling overwhelmed pretty quickly. But if I’ll commit to just FIFTEEN minutes, things don’t seem nearly as overwhelming, and I can always find it in me to rise above my feelings for at least fifteen minutes – no matter how tired I am (or how lazy I’m feeling.) And you know what? It usually gets done in that amount of time! And if it doesn’t, I’m usually motivated enough by then to keep going.
I have a friend who is able to complete entire sewing projects in fifteen minute intervals, and I hope to eventually get other projects done this way. I think that setting my mind on a specific amount of time helps to keep me from getting overwhelmed and frustrated when I’m looking at a big, possibly time-consuming project. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get all my cleaning and reading and sewing and BLOGGING done… but I can do ANYTHING for fifteen minutes. And eventually a strip of fabric gives way to a cut piece, which becomes a bodice, and then a dress. A word becomes a sentence, and then a paragraph becomes a post.
That’s what is Working For Me!
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