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9/14/13 7:28 P

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Timer idea is great!

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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9/8/13 6:29 P

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I love the timer idea. I used to use one and get my kids involved. We would all work on a room for 10 minutes, then move on to the next room. We could clean the whole house in an hour. Attacking the clutter in small segments gets it done, and ultimately makes you more productive.

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9/8/13 11:14 A

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Skater, I use the 15 minute timer method too. I also stay in one area. When I went back to school I had five children at home ranging from HS to kindergarten. It was rough. I made lists, divied up tasks with the children and we all worked to the timer. Even when they were little we would do 5 minutes pick up in the living room, then 5 minutes p-u in the family room and 5 minutes p-u in their rooms before being allowed to go in the pool or before their daddy got home. My kids range in age 33-to 421/2 now. My daughter uses the timer with her two.
Good luck with organizing and school.
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9/7/13 10:51 P

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CELIAMINER, Bingo! That's exactly the feelings. What surprised me is that by reading that other people have the same problem, it lessens the pressure on myself. It feels like, hey wait a second, I'm not the only with this problem. So if I can spend some time or a little time here and there organizing then it's a good thing. We can't all solve all the problems at once.

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9/3/13 11:41 A

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Skater, I can identify when I remember how focused I was in grad school. I was sponsored, and I put immense pressure on myself so I wouldn't let my sponsor/employer down. I couldn't even read for pleasure, since I believed ANY reading needed to be a textbook. You deserve a break now and then. Hope you can cut yourself some slack.

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9/3/13 7:47 A

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Any student deserves 15 minutes to organize! Go for it, Skater!!

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9/2/13 12:36 P

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I like it!! MAKE time to organize (15 minutes a day sounds like a great length), and MAKE time to exercise!

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8/31/13 4:32 P

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Annemargar, the timer based is very intriguing. It doesn't matter if I don't get it done. In fact, I can't get anything done in 15 minutes. It doesn't matter what area needs organizing the most. The important part is the behavior modification. If I can get into a habit of spending 15 minutes each day organizing. It's a huge start.

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8/31/13 4:22 P

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That's a wonderful idea and I can use a timer for the 15 minutes. Once in awhile I would spend half a day just trying to organize in the kitchen, I barely made a dent and it's discouraging. Using the timer based is worth a try as I can count that as an achievement and not having to worry which area I'll be working on or that it's not finished. As long as I finish the 15 minute, that's a success for the day. Once I master that, then the duration can be increased. But for now the timer based is very interesting. Thanks.

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8/31/13 11:58 A

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It nearly always feels better to do SOMETHING even when it isn't everything.

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8/31/13 11:42 A

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I'm in!!

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8/31/13 10:19 A

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I too have that same situation. The pile on my desk at home just keeps growing. I think we have to MAKE time - even it is 15 minutes. That we will start to tackle the problem area. 15 minutes is not much time- and after a while, the problem area will be gone. Perhaps we should both make a pack to make this happen starting on Monday!!

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8/31/13 4:11 A

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I used to and still do sometimes, I also work full time and do a PhD so life is crazy!
I break up housechore in tasks and complete one or two at a time so it's less overwhelming



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8/30/13 10:31 P

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I find that if my house/area is more organized, I'm actually more productive with work/studying/

I know its crazy huh.

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8/30/13 10:11 P

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It happens. After a number of years experimenting it seems that using a timer is the best strategy I've found. Try setting for 15 minutes and organizing for that interval. Doing it daily most says will produce progress.

Flylady also has ,any wonderful routines and strategies that may be very helpful.



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8/30/13 9:35 P

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I have a lot of stuff and I'd like organize but I haven't been able to get around to it yet. With the long hours at work and trying to study which is as if I'm going to school, I just don't have any time left. If I had any time, I feel that I should be studying as I'm way behind in my career.

This pattern has been going on for 4 years. I mean I'm not the best organizer in the world and this is not an excuse. But has anyone else have a similar situation where they just can't get to it even if they want to?



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