Sometimes when I'm uninspired or simply overwhelmed I play a little trick on myself to get going. I call it my Ten Things Trick and I don't know if I have ever even told my Mom or my Hubby about it. Here's how it works:
See that small pile of mail and random items sitting on my desk? Boring! So not interested in it. But I'm the one that is supposed to take care of this kind of stuff and I know it won't be long before it turns into a huge pile. I've seen it happen.
See this screen full of random photos? Some are scanned in their original hacked up "cropped" shapes. Some photos are from high school, some are scans and downloads of graphics and memorabilia. There are pictures from 1993, 2004, 1999, 1988, and plenty of other random years. There is a reason that I didn't include photo organization in yesterday's post - I'm still working on it myself! I feel like I'm showing you my dirty laundry, which I won't actually do. I have plenty of that around also, but I refuse to photograph it!
Those are 2 examples of some big or unpleasant tasks that I really NEED to do and I really DON'T WANT to do. There are more of these types of tasks facing me of course, but these are easy ones to illustrate. So how do I trick myself into doing them?
Ten Things! I just tell myself that I will do 10 things for each task that is challenging me. So if it is time to pay the bills or sort through a week's worth of mail I just tell myself that I will do 10 things. Here are some examples:
- find 10 things that can be thrown away or shredded and do it.
- Pay 10 bills
- file 10 things that need to be saved
Now you might be asking "what are you going to do with the rest of the stuff?" It's true that there are more than 10 things to do here, but that forces me to prioritize. I should pick the 10 things that need to be done the most. Now here's the secret that I don't want my brain to figure out... I often get started on those 10 thing and realize there are really only 14 total tasks that need to be done so I go ahead and finish them. That happens a lot. Sometimes it doesn't though and at least I got 10 things done. And that is 10 more things then I would have finished if I didn't trick myself into doing something.
What about the pictures that need editing, sorting, backing up, and filing? That is such a daunting task. My digital photos are pretty organized but that only entails about 4 years of photos. I have decades of photos that need to be scanned and even plenty that have been scanned and they are not edited or organized. Many of them are not backed up. Yikes! I think photo organization is the hardest part of being a memory keeper (paper or digital) and it is a task that almost every single person has to deal with in some way whether they scrapbook or not. So I plan to work on some posts about this subject, but I have to clean my own act up first.
For now, all I can do is assign myself to deal with 10 pictures at a time. Someday it will really add up!