Q: How can I stop procrastinating on the big things? A Professional Organizer Responds:
Many of my clients tell themselves they’ll tackle the big projects as soon as they get organized. Some even say they plan on taking a weekend to do it. This will never happen. And that’s because we have it backward: The only way to get something done is to start doing it. Stephen Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says that in order to fit both big rocks and pebbles into a jar, you have to start with the big rocks. Start with the pebbles and there’s nowhere for the big ones to go. When teaching time management, I don’t just explain how to prioritize your to-do list; I ask you what your goals are. What do you want most? What’s in your way? When you know where you want to go, the individual steps become clear. Make that call, send the e-mail. Do one thing each day that gets you closer.
Sharon Lowenheim is the founder of Organizing Goddess, Inc.