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Just One

Did you ever feel like you never get anywhere, no matter how hard you work? Have you some project that you need to do? Maybe a pile of laundry sitting on the radiators dried to a crisp? Perhaps it's a DIY job that needs to be tackled? Or maybe it's a phone call you need to make or a sympathy card you need to send? Perhaps it's that dusty shelf or a pile of CDs you never listen to any more?

The " Just One " technique can help you out with all of these, almost without feeling you are working, yet you will get that good feeling of having been productive AND things WILL look as if they are getting done. All you have to do is just one thing that moves you towards your goal. Just One .

What do you mean- Just One? Just One is my term for getting you determined to start, keep on or complete any job, regardless of how large or small, if you are having to deal with issues getting anything at all completed.

For instance, laundry can be dealt with on a stealth basis, by sneaking one single piece of laundry, a pair of pants, even a handkerchief off the dryer and into the correct drawer or even your airing cupboard each time you pass that area - but do NOT put the item onto a pile on a chair, or your dresser, put it in the correct place . Do this again, each time you pass the drying area with empty hands.

If you need to work on a window, or paint somewhere, then find whatever item it is that you will need first and put it by that window. It might even be finding the telephone number for the decorator who normally does these jobs for you. Then the next time, you can make the phone call, or get a brush out or decide on a colour scheme.

If it's a dusty shelf, grab your duster and do that one shelf, you do NOT need to do the whole room.

From time to time it is hard to get started on a project or activity you need to do. The "Just One" technique can give you that turbo-charge you need to get going. You can also get things completed by applying "Just One". If you do Just One thing each time you pass an area, eventually, that pile of laundry will be put away, the window will be painted and the shelf dusted. You can even get a thesis or dissertation written using this. No matter what you have to get done, you can start it, work on it and finish it completely with Just One.

I have many organisational and time management tips that I could write about, if you are interested. I often need motivating myself, so I try to find motivational techniques that will help me start and finish what I need and want to do.

Image Credit » Photograph is my own (c) MegL

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paigea wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:01 PM

I use this technique a lot. Particularly with a pile of papers. Well, I say I use it a lot, but lately it's been "I'll just read one (more) item on the internet." LOL great reminder.

indexer wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:12 PM

It's a good technique. It's something I use when I want to write an article but am unsure how to get started. Nothing is worse than staring at an empty screen, so I enter "just one" sentence - even if it is one that I might later delete - so that I have made a start that I can return to when I feel more inspired. It's like the old saying that "the longest journey begins with a single step".

Kementari wrote on July 15, 2014, 7:44 PM

This sounds like something that I should get my boyfriend to try doing. He hates doing things around the house, or at least doesn't have the motivation to do so, so then I end up doing it all which is super annoying. So perhaps I will suggest this to him! Thanks for sharing!

LoudMan wrote on July 15, 2014, 8:02 PM

Everything is "just one." So, this works great.

paigea wrote on July 16, 2014, 2:11 PM

I am having this kind of day today. If I didn't do one little thing on my way to get a second coffee, I would have still done nothing today. That one thing led to a few more!

CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 2:51 AM

MegL How serendipitous it is for me to get this reminder this evening! Thank you! I have also shared this on Twitter and and Google+.

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MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:12 AM

Thank you very much. I use it nearly every day. In fact, looking over the article, I see I used the "dusty shelf" tip just a few minutes ago! emoticon :grin: I went to change the battery in the clock sitting on the mantleshelf in our bedroom and realised the mantleshelf was VERY dusty, so got a damp duster and wiped it down. emoticon :smile:

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CoralLevang wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:45 AM

Tonight, I sorted the trash in the kitchen to recycle and throw away. Took me about 3 minutes, but it's out. I wish I could see past the rest of the Sh**, but trying not to dwell. Also came upstairs and put down a layer of scouring powder in the tub, and did a first scrub and rinsed. I will have to do it again, but second time through won't be as bad. I do see that I need to pull some of the caulking around the tub out, and recaulk. Whomever did the first time, did not do as good a job, so some mold/mildew is behind some of it. Nothing I could have done to prevent that one. I also bought myself a new shower liner and shower caddy, so this weekend, I am going to finish scrubbing down the bathroom, from top to bottom, and replace all but the caulk (I want some help with that one). Hope to feel some accomplishment before Monday.