Organisational inertia is that "stuck" feeling most people get when they think about an organisational task they have yet to do, like cleaning out a messy wardrobe or getting ahead of hectic schedules.
Until you start, the mere thought of the energy and time required to deal with a task is paralysing, so you procrastinate.
Happily, breaking through to get momentum working in your favour is actually easier than you might think. All you need is five minutes - you can get much more crossed off your list in five minutes than you might think.
Here are 15 thought starters for you
1. Make a dent on your wardrobe
Start by getting rid of dry-cleaner bags and setting orphan hangers aside to recycle with your dry cleaner. Getting rid of those will make a significant visual impact.
2. Fold lingering laundry
If you’ve got a basket waiting, or a bunch of items in the dryer, tackle them. Just be sure to set your timer for five minutes - somehow folding this way unleashes your inner “beat the clock” competitor.
3. Pay bills online
Most banks offer very streamlined online bill-payment systems, which make crossing a payment off your list as easy as one or two points and clicks.
4. Make a meal plan
Make a menu plan for the next two or three days. Think of some healthy, easy recipes and organise your shopping to do in one go.
5. Say thanks
Dash off a thank-you note, address it and put it in your “to post” pile.
6. De-junk a drawer
Tackle a junk drawer. If you haven’t touched an item in it within 12 months, don’t let it paralyse you. Simply get rid of it or recycle it.
7. Get your priorities straight
Write down your top priorities for the day or week ahead and schedule them. A great way to get in the five-minute habit of doing this is to sit down with a structured notepad each morning before you open your computer to check emails.
8. Toss inkless pens
There’s nothing more annoying then hunting for a pen only to find that every one in your drawer has long since run out of ink. Test all the pens in your bag or on your desk. If you find a pen that has no ink, toss it.
9. Reduce your mail pile
Toss/recycle your junk mail. All in, it takes probably two minutes to cycle through a stack while standing over the recycle bin.
10. Give your car a pit-stop clean
Pull into a petrol station. Take all of the rubbish out of your car and toss.
11. Make your own cleaning solution
You can whip up a batch of homemade cleaning solutions in less than five minutes. Get free printable recipes and stickers here: www.GetButtonedUp.com/tools.
12. Prepare for your next errand run
Map your errands on a note pad before running them so that you get this week’s done more efficiently and spend less while you’re at it because you have a list.
13. Reduce your future junk mail
Get on the do-not-mail list via www.updater.com.
14. Donate to charity
Go through each room and make a bag of things that can go to charity, then you can do one big drop-off.
15. Breathe. Just Breathe
Practice 3-3-6 breathing. Breathe in through your nose for three seconds, hold for three seconds and exhale for six seconds. Deep breathing has been shown to alleviate stress, energise your body, and regulate emotions - all things that will make you more productive.