Sometimes you don’t need a productivity system! You just need to get off your butt!

This weekend we got a hell of a lot done around the house!

Cleaning up the mess

Image by Toms Bauģis via Flickr

It turns out that all I needed to do was stay in one location(at home), and keep one theme on top of mind. Lastly, it took communication between my wife and I.

We had all the pieces in place to move this project along. The GTD system tells us that for a multi-step project, we need to break it down into individual action items.

We are trying to downsize by the time our next baby comes, and have been buying and selling beds and furniture with this in mind. We both have asked ourselves, why wait until the baby is here, or when we have to move? In fact, that would be the worst time to do it!

So, unlike many weekends that come and go, we got up early every day and started. It felt great to slowly and steadily get stuff done!

This is probably the first time that I’ve had a larger project that has been broken down into sub-projects. But the bottom line is that once we got all the appropriate furniture, it came down to putting in the effort.

At some point physical effort can’t be something you write down. Get all the small tasks out of the way and hunker down!

For me what worked was having the motivation to get rid of things, and not have so much to move when we have to. Keeping that in mind, it made all my tasks have focus. I’d ask, “Do we need this?” “Do I want to move this into the new home?” “Have we used this over the last year?”

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