Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ask the organiser how to get motivated

smokers in booth at Abu Dhabi airport

Amanda wrote this: "I could use tips for motivation to get up and get things done".

When you battle to get motivated, choose Quick and Easy tasks so that you can build up some momentum and feel good when (not if!) you do finally get some things done.

So what gets you motivated?

Is it MUSIC? Then put on some 80's tunes (or whatever your favourites are) to get yourself energised.

Is it COMPETITION? Then challenge yourself and see how many of the tasks you can accomplish in an hour.

Is it being ACCOUNTABLE? Then post a comment telling me what you're going to do and come back to tell me when it's done!

Is it SOCIAL INTERACTION? Then make a coffee date with a friend, but ONLY once you've done an hour's organising.

Is it reaching a GOAL? Then reward yourself once you've done all the tasks.

Right! So now that we know what motivates you, let's get to it!


1. Declutter and sort through all the old magazines. Tear out the articles and toss the rest.
2. Organise your launch pad - that place in your home where you DUMP things when you walk in the door.
3. Collect all the clothes you need to dry-clean, declutter or get mended.
4. Clear off the front of your fridge. Toss the magnets and recipes you're never going to use.
5. Throw away any old food in your fridge and freezer, and give the surfaces a good wipe down.

And now for some...

1. Do your filing.
2. Collect all the bills and invoices from around the home and schedule the payment dates in your planner.
3. Shred any junk mail with your name on it.
4. Organise your desk.
5. Delete 100 emails from your Inbox and Sent Items.

Whatever you do manage to do, give yourself a pat on the back!

Leave a comment and let me know which of the 5 motivators work best for you.

post signature


bbodenstein said...

I love the idea of getting motivated by posting a comment to YOU stating what it is and when it's done. For some reason you have the authority of a school teacher (a NICE but goal-oriented one) that makes me want to do what you say. Maybe posting it will finally make me get my kitchen counters cleared off! :)

Marci @OvercomingBusy said...

The accountability factor motivates me. If I tell someone I am going to do something, I have to do it!

se7en said...

You forgot desperation!!! In our house which was well nested and immaculate a month ago... After sitting on the couch for a month admiring our newborn I am feeling desperate that every single surface is well invisible under the clutter... not only has stuff been deposited everywhere but when visitors have threatened we have jammed in cupboards - always the same cupboard: mine!!! I sense a weekend of tidying every surface round the house, not to mention trying to find anything in my closet again!!! - enough is enough!!!

Marcia Francois said...


LOL! Poor thing – I remember going for a bit like that and then something kicked in and I thought, “these two TINY little people can NOT undo the years of my house being neat” so I got strict with myself and started my routines and things again.

All the best (you have 7 others plus a husband)


Don't worry; I don't feel offended in the least :) They call me a slave driver at work too - I still don't know what's wrong with that :)


Accountability is my thing too!

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

I'm still here, just not much time to read, let alone comment!

How are YOU doing? Email me ;)

Quasi Serendipita said...

I think guilt is my motivator! Or, turning a chore into a treat like I did today - so I could post before and after pictures on my blog :)

Have a good weekend.

jemilyea said...

Today I'm motivated most by accountability (planning to post a comment on this website) and being just fed up with the clutter! Your list of 10 tasks helped motivate me to go get something done. I cleaned up the "launch" area, then fixed a pot of tea and sat and read for awhile.

Later, I worked on balancing bank accounts and paying bills. I don't have too hard a time with needing to round up the bills. I have three folders for incoming mail, in which I try to file immediately. (1-bills/banking, 2-credit card stuff, 3-charity/contribution papers) This makes it fairly simple to work on finances 2-3 times a month.