This morning, I heard an interesting article on time use and efficiency on the local public radio station. You can read the article here. The gist of it was that of the 8 hours most Americans are at work each day, only 5 of it is spend in productive work. Various guests had different solutions for this perceived problem. My favorite was from Teresa Amabile, a Harvard Business School professor. She said that “documenting progress on work, no matter how minor, is by far the most effective tool [to increase productivity].” Just staying motivated, she says, is still the best way to get work done.
Of course, I tried to imagine how this information could be applied to decluttering.
It seems to me that those of you who keep lists of the things you are decluttering, which I did for the first two years, are off to a great start. Every day when you record what you’ve decluttered, you are documenting your progress.
Also I find that making a list of what I want to accomplish each day keeps me focused on those tasks. Crossing off after a job is done is another documentation of progress.
Taking before and after photographs of a cluttered, then uncluttered, space definitely creates motivation and documents progress.
Successfully selling your decluttered items and keeping a record of the money you’ve earned is another doubly positive form of documentation.
Is there some way that you document your progress so that you stay motivated?
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter an unwanted gift ~ No explanation necessary, sell, donate or regift it.
Eco Tip For The Day
Eat at home more often. The food has to be cooked either way but going out to eat usually required driving which wastes fuel.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow