Have you ever found yourself not wanting to clean up the items from your morning routine before you go to work? This happens to me.
Every morning, I make myself a cup of coffee from my coffee maker. After making a cup of coffee, there are used coffee grounds in the coffee maker that need to be cleared out. Additionally, the items on my counter become in slight disarray when I make coffee because I need to rearrange things in order to plug the coffee maker in (the electrical outlet is next to the paper towels.) Most mornings I also eat something for breakfast, which causes some type of dishes to be produced.
Some mornings I really don’t feel like cleaning any of this up. However, I have noticed that whether or not I clean up in the morning before work drastically impacts my day. Now I know this is partly because I work from home and I can see my kitchen all day. So whether or not it is clean and free has an impact. However, even if I am leaving for the day, my day can be impacted. If I leave something in the sink for instance, I may think about it a couple of times during the day, or just have a general sense of overwhelm when I think about how there are things to clean up when I get home.
The other day, I had an idea. I timed myself. I have loved efficiency since I was a young girl, which means that timing myself is something I have done frequently. I used to love being timed while running around the house. Anything to set a bench mark and then improve upon it!
However in this case it was different. I wasn’t trying to time myself to beat some time in the future, I was simply timing myself to see how long it took. The answer? 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
It took under three minutes to clean the coffee maker, load the dishes in the dishwasher and rearrange the appliances on the counter. When I was done I laughed at myself. I always thought these things “took to long” to do if I was in a hurry. The funny thing is, they took me less than three minutes.
Now, whenever I don’t feel like cleaning up my morning routine, I can tell myself exactly how long it takes. Come on, it only takes 3 minutes, you can do it!
Knowing how long it takes to do something I have typically avoided doing has helped me to stop avoiding it and start tackling it, before I go to work for the day ☺
September 17th, 2015