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When I'm just not up to doing a particular multi-part task, I can usually get it done by breaking it down. I can pull the laundry out of the dryer and set the basket in the laundry room and grab a handful, just a handful, every time I pass that way. Everyone can fold 1 handful of laundry. I can empty 1 rack of dishes waiting for the toast to pop or while on hold.

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful

I do this also. I put the timer on for 15 minutes at a time and work gradually on chores around the house. You must be listening to FlyLady too..lol...I also do the 12 thing de-cluttering and each day increase it by one...and put the stuff i pick up in the trash before the trash man comes..this way i won't be tempted to go back and retrieve it..

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I love your idea as I get overwhelmed by some tasks that seem too big to handle. I empty my dishwasher while I am waiting for my coffee to heat in the microwave. If I don't get it done, I just leave the rest until I have more tea or coffee.

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I recently read a tip at this site that was helpful to me. One woman said she took files out of her file cabinet one at a time to rid the files of paper clutter. I have piles of paper sitting around. I can't make myself deal with it. But I think if I were to do one folder per day I could eventually get it in order.

I once read about a woman who painted her house in increments. I have to tell you that my daughter laughs at me when I tell this story, but I believe it to be true. She painted her house in increments of 15 minutes per day while her child was napping. some days she only did preparation and no painting. But she eventually worked her way around the outside of the house and felt it was a good enough method to start on the inside of the house.

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That tells me any task can be accomplished if we break it up into smaller increments as you've suggested. We must learn to be persistent and keep chipping away at it, however.

Thank God for another day of life.

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