|New Project: The Body Double
||[Sep. 1st, 2011|12:44 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
|[||Tags|||||15-minutes, add, adhd, body double, clean, clean-up, cleaning, gardening, getting things done, gtd, organize, to do||]|
I'm still trying to drag my house into a state of order (or at least to beat back the tides of entropy to the point where I feel more comfortable having people in to visit), but I've increased the time-table & effort.
I got excellent help from Jen Hunter of Find Your Floor, AKA findyourfloor -- she's really worth the money! She and I did 15 hours of work over a 6 week period (July 13th - August 23rd) and we managed to shove a dozen large shopping bags full of paper recycling as well as a garbage bag's worth of crap out the door. But I need to do more work on simple (albeit BORING) stuff that is too expensive to hand off to someone else, plus some thinking about where things might go and what stuff that I am currently saving that I may need to outcruft if I want to have an orderly home.
So I've asked a few friends to come by for 2-3 hours on certain days of the next 2+ weeks to act as a body double. This is like my 15-minutes project, but on steroids.
A body double is a person who sits with me while I get stuff done... body doubles can chat with me or ignore me while they work on projects, knit, read email (I have wireless), read a book, etc. or anything in between. This is a really good article on the subject.
SO! Results! Today (Wednesday, 8/31/2011) was my first body-double session. The lovely gem225 came over and knitted and chatted with me while I cleared a SEVERAL piles of old mail that had stacked up on the staircase and filled my Mail Processing Area to overflowing. Thanks to Jen, I'd already come up with a nice system of what I wanted to recycle, shred, and save, as well as sub-categories for saving. Thanks to Susan C. Pinsky's Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder, I set up an 8.5"x11" box as a receptacle for financial papers. I still need to find homes for a pile of medical data and some miscellaneous nostalgia-type stuff, as well as get cracking on a small pile of action items. But that'll come.
I've sent out confirmations for the folks coming Friday & Saturday. I've got a back-up list of folks to talk to if they fall through. I have hope.