Hello, good friend. Chances are you’ll or might have been round final week once I talked about the plateau I’d hit in my ongoing make-up decluttering course of.
Fast recap, however I’ve been engaged on it since early summer season, and for causes I don’t absolutely perceive but (and maybe by no means will), I’ve reached the occasion horizon of stated course of. In different phrases, I’m on the level the place it’s change into simply actually onerous for me to say goodbye to issues I by no means really use.
I need to energy by way of it and, fairly frankly, I’m bored with wanting on the totes piled up within the nook of my eating room! — so I’ve been pondering deeply about subsequent steps.
Final weekend, I stumbled upon a few concepts that appeared to assist the method alongside, together with 1) bodily placing myself into the decluttering course of by opening the totes and standing there amongst them, and a pair of) utilizing good old style bribery to inspire myself.
These are methods I’ve employed earlier than to get transferring on tasks, and I do know they work nicely for me in terms of tasks I don’t essentially need to do. I’ve discovered them very helpful for powering by way of plateaus.
Put your self into the state of affairs (fairly actually)
So, with all of the outdated make-up within the totes, what I’ve been doing is unstacking every tote — which isn’t a simple process, thoughts you, as a result of they’re massive and heavy — and opening all of them up within the eating room. Then, I stand there amongst them for a couple of minutes.
More often than not after standing there twiddling my thumbs for a couple of minutes, I get right down to enterprise. It sounds so easy and fundamental, however typically that passive aggressive push is all it takes to get transferring.
I began doing this trick in highschool once I was in band. I’d undergo phases once I didn’t need to apply no matter instrument du jour I used to be into on the time. (Facet observe: I used to be an enormous music nerd and performed a bunch of devices, however in highschool band, I principally performed flute. Anywho!)
Every time I’d undergo a kind of spells, I’d bodily put myself right into a apply state of affairs by establishing my music stand and my sheet music, and getting all set to go. Then, I’d sit down, open my flute case, put my flute collectively, and proceed to inform myself that if after sitting for 5 minutes I nonetheless didn’t need to apply, I might put all the pieces away and go do no matter else I wished.
More often than not, like 99% of the time, I’d find yourself practising as a result of I figured I used to be already there. Would possibly as nicely do it at that time since I made the trouble to set all the pieces up. 😉
The concept of “bodily placing myself right into a state of affairs” can also be useful once I really feel like bailing on a exercise. I’ll sausage myself into my exercise garments and sneakers, wrangle my hair right into a bun, set out my mat and no matter weights I would want, and replenish my water bottle. Then I’ll stand there, fairly actually, till I understand, “What the hell; I’m already right here. I would as nicely get began.”
Attempt it the following time you want a bit of motivation.
Good ol’-fashioned bribery
The second motivational technique I take advantage of is one that actually helps me — utilizing bribery as a reward!
Years in the past I did a half marathon, and initially of each week, I’d write down what number of miles I wished to coach that week and on which days I deliberate to run these miles. If by the top of the week I hit all my targets, I’d deal with myself to a meal at my favourite sushi restaurant or would purchase myself a bit of clothes or a brand new pen and a pocket book.
Final weekend, I began telling myself that if I decluttered a sure variety of objects, I might then buy one new factor, and I ended up decluttering a ton and rewarded myself with a visit to Sephora and Ulta.
Right here’s the important thing although: writing all the pieces down so that you monitor your progress! (Tip: it helps to make use of cute steno.)
Each time issues exit, I write “# issues eliminated = 1 new piece of make-up.”
One other key to that is to reward your self as quickly as attainable after undertaking your purpose. I’ve discovered that the faster I reward myself, the simpler it’s to remain motivated.
Additionally, um…I do understand the irony in rewarding myself with new make-up for eliminating outdated make-up, and I completely DO NOT WANT to search out myself in a state of affairs the place all of the totes are simply refilled once more. I need to be extra cautious and selective concerning the make-up I maintain in my area and my life from this level ahead. I solely need to have objects I really use and love.
That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. 😊
To this point, I’m loving the Ilia Shade Haze Blush and the Liquid Powder Eye Tint!
Your pleasant neighborhood magnificence addict,