How’d you go with checking in on your diary progress? I found it helped me work out which 1 Small Thing to declutter – the first thing that came to mind when I read the undone diary steps. If clutter puts you off doing ordinary, everyday diary entries it’s bad enough, but when it stops you carrying out your longer-term plans, it simply has to go!
This week, keep doing the same actions as in Reminder 53 but now add a preparation step: close to bedtime, tick off any extra diary entries you were able to complete in the evening, then briefly prepare for the next day. This last step in your Daily Paperwork is called the Nightly Review'n'Prep & it’s explained in Everies Reminder 17.
These 4 simple actions will help you stay on an even keel while getting more done.
1. Diarise, 2. Check-in, 3. Declutter 1 Small Thing, & 4. Review’n’Prep.
I hope you went well with beginning to diarise and declutter daily. I did 7 shelves in my kitchen cupboards, and it feels great to open the doors now!
This week, keep doing the same actions as in Reminder 52. Add in this bit of control: In the early evening, tick off any diary entries you completed for the day, and catch up on any you can still reasonably fit in. The extra step is called the Dusk Check-in & it’s explained in Everies Reminder 16.
1. Diarise, 2. Dusk Check-in, 3. Declutter 1 Small Thing.
In The Everies Book, I have a set of 21-day Learning Curves for different types of Everies. The first is a nice, easy groove-in of diarising and decluttering. Anyone can do this and it’s a great way to bring order back in whenever you’ve been busy and life has run amok.
For the first 7 days, do 2 steps without fail:
1. Diarise your plans in the morning.
No need to make a ploughman’s breakfast out of this, just make a point of it. Jot down some plans which you can realistically expect to tick off by the end of the day.
2. Declutter 1 Small Thing in the evening.
That’s not even a 'small area’ yet, merely a Thing: a purse, wallet, drawer, shelf, etc. It need take no more than 15 minutes but it should be completed, not half-done or shuffled around.
What you are aiming for with these steps is to set a daily rhythm of beginning with a sense of direction, and ending with a sense of completion.
If you don’t have the book, and need refreshing on how to declutter,
revisit the How To Declutter slide show on my DIY page.
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