If I see or think of a job that takes two minutes or less to complete I have to do it there and then. When I read it, I thought ‘that’s so obvious, why aren’t I doing it already?’
Once I consciously started doing it I noticed that it has had a number of positive effects:
1. Stuff gets done – surprisingly enough. Tasks don’t sit there glaring at me, making me feel guilty, but they are done and I can bask in the glory of achievement!
2. I don’t get annoyed with myself for not having done tasks – they’re done,
3. I don’t have to remember stuff. With my terrible case of baby brain, I can’t keep a thought in my head for more than a moment and if I try, I start forgetting other things (where did I leave the baby – just kidding!).
4. The house is tidier – it’s amazing how quickly you can tidy around a room or put the clean stuff from the dishwasher away while you’re waiting for a baby bottle to sterilise in the microwave.
5. The toddler is following my example – he tells me ‘just a minute, mummy, I’ve got to put this jigsaw away before I can play with my castle’. Well – he did it once, but baby steps, eh!
Try it for yourself – it’s amazing how much you can fit into your day!