Do you feel like you are constantly on the go yet nothing is getting done?
You start things all the time, but never finish. Being productive in itself is hard, let alone being productive while decluttering.
It starts to feel a little like “if you give a mouse a cookie”, except you're a mom who was given a decluttering project in the kitchen, wandered to the bathroom, then the bedroom and now all of a sudden you're crying over baby pictures in the garage.
Being busy is not the same as being productive
Sometimes I get to the end of my days of never getting a chance to stop or slow down, yet can't remember what I did or got done at all.
One way to be productive is to do the most important things first, and only. For me this means doing the things that give me the most bang for my buck.
The best example for the purpose of this blog and podcast is decluttering versus organizing.
Sure, you can spend an hour organizing all those toys. Again. Then have to do it all again. Or, you can spend an hour decluttering and eliminate those daily messes for good.
Choose the things that will move you forward the most. Then do those things first. You will find you don't have much else to do after that, I bet.
Decluttering increases productivity almost instantly
When I decluttered my work load decreased dramatically. We moved from Alaska to Florida with only one suitcase per person for our family of five. I saw overnight essentially the difference between the cluttered life, and being clutter free.
I was convinced something was wrong with me, and I was just not cut out from the mom life thing. Laundry was my nemesis and no matter how hard I tried I was always behind. Calendars failed me. Planners didn't work. Routines and schedules were impossible to maintain.
Until I decluttered, then it all became easy.
You are not a terrible housekeeper. You just have too much stuff.
Decluttering eliminates your busy work. It gives you focus and clarity. It helps you stop procrastinating, and stopping and starting everything over and over.
Nothing is wrong with you. You are just trying to manage too much stuff.
Increase your productivity, by having less to do in the first place.
Then delegate what you can that is left
You can do it all, but you cannot do it all alone. This is great news for you because now you have permission to have help!
Delegation is intimidating because society conditions us to do it all ourselves. This is not natural, nor sustainable.
Delegation is expansive for you and key to productivity.
Allow yourself to be more productive by doing less, and having less. It's okay to not be busy all the time.
The beauty of delegating is that it also allows you to support others as well. It's a beautiful transaction of mutual productivity.
For example, maybe you delegate cleaning your home to a cleaning service. You are more productive because you have less cleaning to do. The company is more productive because they have more business. You spend more time on you and your family, they get to pay their employees more.
A second example that doesn't require monetary delegation is trading services with a friend. Maybe you are great at meal planning, and your friend is great at creating fun activities for toddlers. You can trade a week of meal plans, for a week of activity ideas. You are more productive because you don't have to search Pinterest, and your friend is more productive because her meal planning is done.
It takes a village to raise a child, and a mom. Be creative in your delegation. Have fun with the process.
End your days being productive, not just busy.
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