We kicked off our 30-Days To An Organized Home program this week, so it’s the perfect time to talk about maintaining your mindset.
For some, 30 days is a long time to commit to an online program. I tend to find that members are super-eager in the early days of the program, and then the number of comments start dwindling toward the end. Now this could be for many reasons, but mostly, I think people get side-tracked, and no longer feel they need to be accountable.
As the Community Manager I love nothing more than seeing members participate in the group comments and making themselves accountable.
Here are my top tips to sticking with the program, and seeing it through til the end:
- Try to log in at the same time every day. If you’re doing the online program with us, the day’s task is published each morning, US time. This means that members in the southern hemisphere will be receiving the reminders at night. Tackle the task at a time suitable for you. For those receiving them at night time, you may prefer to make time the following morning so you’re fresh and ready to take on the challenge.
- Log in and comment once you have completed your task. This little ritual will hold you accountable. Don’t forget, I’m waiting to hear how your performed your task. Don’t keep me hanging!
- Jump in on other members’ comments. The community works best when members are interactive and actively helping each other find solutions to common home organization problems.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, turn your phone on silent. With only the prescribed 5-10minutes each day, often the motivation you feel upon completing a task will lead you on to another task, so go with it. Give yourself a chance to make a dent in that wish-list of yours!
- Exercise. Yes, I’m serious. Take a 5-10 minute walk/jump/dance-athon before you start. Get your head in the zone and mentally prepare yourself to be as efficient and ruthless as you need to be for the task.
- Use a timer. Many members over the years have sworn of increased productivity when using a timer. It’s a great way to limit the time spent, and it also means that if you’re on a roll you can reset the timer and go again. I do this little trick every night before I go to bed. I look around my kids play room and instead of feeling the dread of that’s going to take me ages to tidy up, I set a 5 minute timer. Invariably that 5 minutes of tidying makes a huge difference and I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my night tidying up. As they get older, this is one task I’m hoping will be eliminated from my nightly to-do list. Delusional? Perhaps!
What are some other ways we can help each other keep momentum and maintain our mindset?