By Leo Babauta
Last week, I spent two days doing some productivity housekeeping.
What the heck is that? Itâ€™s liberating and wonderful, thatâ€™s what.
Imagine your house was messy (hard to picture, I know), because you kept putting off little things like putting away your clothes, washing your dishes, throwing things away, putting things where they belong, sorting through your mail. Youâ€™re too busy.
Then imagine you took a day to clean everything, put everything where it belonged. Your house is immaculate, and youâ€™re incredibly relieved, because it was all weighing on you mentally.
Thatâ€™s what I did for my work tasks. I cleaned house.
I took care of all the little things Iâ€™d been putting off because Iâ€™d been focused on more important tasks.
Some of the things I cleared off my plate:
- Little website maintenance tasks
- Emails that had been sitting unanswered (yep, cleared my inbox)
- A bunch of papers that I needed to scan
- Tax documents that I needed to act on
- Things Iâ€™d needed to mail
- Payments Iâ€™d needed to send
- A few customers with thorny problems
- Decisions Iâ€™d been putting off
- Installed some plugins on one of my sites and configured them
- Hired an executive assistant, created a bunch of procedures for her
- Had some things repaired
- Fixed a couple things with my bank accounts and credit cards
- Wrote a couple articles Iâ€™d been putting off
There were more, but you get the idea.
You canâ€™t imagine how amazing it felt to be clear of all these things.
Now, I still advocate putting the important things first. Donâ€™t put them off by focusing on the small things. But the small things add up to big things. They weigh on you, become a burden.
And so I now plan on doing regular housekeeping once a week, rather than waiting a month or two on small tasks as Iâ€™d been doing.
Clean your house. Youâ€™ll love it.