What are your biggest cleaning goals — and what steps are you actually taking to reach them?
We know that this is a busy and unpredictable time. The neverending updates around the coronavirus can make it hard to focus on the little things. At the same time, it can be difficult to feel motivated and inspired to get things done after weeks spent hanging around the house, practicing social distancing.
For example? You may have entered quarantine with the goal of totally reorganizing your closets, or deep-cleaning your oven — only to lose the willpower to get started after a few days at home, dealing with the demands of protecting your family, keeping up with work, and staying on top of the always-changing news cycle.
Even under the best of circumstances, it can be hard to keep a firm handle on all of the things you want to do around your home, especially when it comes to cleaning — whether that means organizing the garage, leading a decluttering spree, or getting rid of dust and cobwebs under your sofa or on top of those hard-to-reach cabinets.
In those moments when things start to feel like they’re spinning out of your control, it may help to take a step back, breathe, and refocus. Oftentimes, the best way to move forward with your goals is to adopt a new strategy. For starters? Know that by even having concrete goals, you are already doing something positive for yourself. In fact, one study found that setting specific goals leads to higher performance “90 percent of the time.”
So, what other actions can you take for positive results? Ready to shut out the distractions and finally get that to-do list done? Here are a few simple, straightforward steps you can take to refocus on your cleaning goals — especially when things start to feel overwhelming:
1.) Write Down Your Objectives
The simple act of writing can make a world of difference when it comes to actually achieving your goals. Study after study has shown that people who journal or catalog their goals are far more likely to actually get things done. In fact, one paper cited by Harvard Business Review found that when people “passively” agreed to take on a project, only 17% actually showed up to participate. When people signed a contract or agreed in writing, 49% completed their goal and showed up, as promised.
Writing about your goals, as Harvard Business Review puts it, is like signing a contract — increasing your accountability and making it easier to focus on specific actions you can take to move forward. Try creating and maintaining a bulleted to-do list; journaling about your progress and setbacks; or simply writing down your goals for the day each morning as you drink your coffee or eat breakfast.
2.) Do a “Brain-Dump”
Have a lot of little things fighting for space in your brain — and preventing you from spending your precious mental energy on the things that matter most? Over on The Muse, Suzanne Gelb, PhD, JD. encourages doing a “brain-dump.” Here’s how it works:
“Make a list of everything that’s distracting you—things to remember, things to research later, ideas you don’t want to forget—and save your list for later. Then, sit down and focus on the big task at hand—knowing that all of the “other stuff” is safe and secure, preserved on your list. For later.”
This can be a great thing to do as you get ready to settle in for a project, or before going to sleep at night to help quiet your racing thoughts. This can also be a great way to prioritize. When everything is set down in front of you, it can be a lot easier to figure out the big things you should tackle first — and the smaller details you can get to later, when you have more time.
3.) Visualize Positive Outcomes
When our list of things to do starts to feel endless, it’s easy to forget about the “why” — that is, the positive outcome that is your reason for setting down the goal in the first place! It’s particularly easy to lose sight of the “why” when it comes to cleaning and other household chores.
Oftentimes, we focus so heavily on the act that must get done (wiping the windows, vacuuming the carpet, cleaning the bathrooms) that we forget about the reasons why we’re doing the cleaning in the first place (to let in more mood-enhancing sunlight, to help our families breathe easier, to create a space where people feel less stress and anxiety).
When you start to lose the forest for the trees, try taking a step back and visualizing the positive outcomes you want to achieve. This can make your next steps lock into place, and feel a lot more manageable. This might include meditating on positive outcomes; creating a vision board; writing about your aspirations and hopes in your journal; or simply creating a mind movie that you can focus on for five to ten minutes a day as a reminder of what you’re really working toward.
4.) Block Out the Distractions
It can feel challenging to put your phone down, especially with the non-stop stream of news and social media updates happening right now. But breaking this unproductive cycle can be a powerful way to recharge, refocus, and take positive steps toward your biggest goals.
“Real emergencies will come up and we have to deal with them. The majority of situations that do come up to distract us are not emergencies and do not require us to respond right away… Responding to these requests immediately will only set you up to receive more. By not responding, you are sending a message that you are a strong-willed, focused person who is very busy and over time you will be bothered less by trivial, time-wasting matters.”
5.) Reach Out for Help
Sometimes, getting help can be one of the hardest things to do. Many of us were raised with the belief that we have to tackle everything on our own, or that getting assistance is something to be embarrassed or ashamed about. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Getting help is a sign of strength, and an investment in your own health, well-being, and peace of mind.
Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to other members of your family when things start to pile up; you can also reach out to local cleaning experts in your area, who can help clear the biggest items off of your to-do list — making it easier for you to put more of your attention on the things that matter most.
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