This post falls under the "Taking Care of Me" theme from my last post.
I hate clutter. It prevents me from being productive, and distracts me from what needs to get to done. I tried to eradicate it as much as I could over winter break. I made progress in my kitchen. (I still need to go through my cabinets though.) I made progress with putting away holiday decor. I made progress in our hallway closet, and I made major progress in my craft area.
The one area where I still need to de-clutter and re-organize is my desk/office area. This is a little more difficult now that I'm back at work. I come home and I want to exercise and relax, but I also need to get some work done. (Our mid-year self-evaluation is due this Friday!) I also need to eat dinner, clean up the daily kitchen mess, etc. With my work schedule I come home and have about three-and-a-half hours to get everything done before I start getting ready for bed.
Enter my 20 minute challenge. Every day this week, I am going to come home, and set aside 20 minutes to work on something. My schedule is listed below. I will have 20 minutes, and 20 minutes only to complete the task of the day. By giving myself this time limit, I am pressuring myself, and I move a lot faster that I would without a time limit. (I noticed that this worked for me when I do laundry, and take the time I have while my load is washing or drying to complete a task. When I'm really energetic, I like to complete as many tasks as I can in that period of time.)
Monday: Desk surface and office area surfaces
Tuesday: Paper clutter and mail
Wednesday: Desk drawer
Thursday: Kitchen cabinets
Hopefully, completing these tasks will help be more productive overall when I'm home. (So I don't end up working on the couch and watching TV because the desk area is too cluttered.)
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