The Friday before our Spring Break, so I’m already in Idonwanna mode.
But I spent five minutes tackling some procrasticlutter. I am a HUGE fan of folding clothes right out of the dryer. When I do that, they disappear into thin air.
Or into drawers.
Which feels like thin air.
But every once in a while, a load doesn’t disappear and turns into procrasticlutter. Sometimes it happens when, as I walk past the laundry room on my way to bed, I realize the load in the washer just finished and I’ll negate all benefits of starting Laundry Day on Sunday night if I don’t get the next load going.
But I’m on my way to bed.
So I justify dumping instead of folding.
Or sometimes it’s Wednesday, and Monday’s Laundry Day is still hanging around and I justify dumping instead of folding because I’m in such a hurry to get out of the house.
Or usually, when this happens, it’s because someone who lives with me has taken the initiative to change over a load.
Which makes me grateful.
And requires I shove my passion-for-avoiding-procrasticlutter-by-folding-right-out-of-the-dryer down inside. Because that particular passion coming out of my mouth looks a lot like ungratefulness.
Really. I feel frustration and sometimes despair when I realize no one in my family has noticed that we’ve had a mostly clean-clothing-pile-free living room for the past several years.
But I choose to be thankful for the help.
Anyway, I focused on this spot for five minutes today.
And it went from this:
I was carrying the last armful away as the timer sounded.
And I was disappointed.
Because I have TPAD, Time Passage Awareness Disorder (totally made up by me), I always assume wrong when it comes to predicting how long any task will take.
Which is why I am doing these five minute Fridays. I’m proving to myself how much I can really do in five minutes.
But then I get cocky.
I was already writing a post in my head where I acted all shocked and amazed that I was ALSO able to tackle that messy bookshelf in those five minutes.
Ummm, not so much.
But still, five minutes was plenty to do the actual job I wanted to do. And for years, I would have assumed that particular five minute job would take days. Maybe weeks.
Don’t worry. I spent another five minutes straightening the bookshelf. I’ll share that next Friday.
NOTE: If you’re in the Tinton Falls, New Jersey area, I’ll be speaking at the library there on Monday evening, March 27th! Watch for more details soon! And wherever you are, please fill out this form to help me decide where to go next!