by Marla Cilley (FlyLady)
Our procrastination is fueled by our perfectionism. We get caught in the trap of thinking we don’t have time to do it right. This is when we do nothing. Eventually the procrastination bites us hard and our homes become overwhelming. Isn’t this why you searched the internet looking for an answer to your messy house?
We give the tools but the most important part is the attitude adjustment you manifest in your head. You read what we write for you and use those messages to eliminate your perfectionism. It doesn’t happen overnight. Your home did not become cluttered in a day and it is not ever going to be that ideal of "Perfect"!
Perfect is a myth you only see in pictures of magazines. It is a word that I despise because of what it does to my FlyBabies. We so want to get it all together and feel good about our homes. We just never dreamed that in the process of getting our homes clean we would find ourselves.
Our perfectionism piggy-backed with procrastination put us in a coma. We don’t know how to make a decision so it is just easier to do nothing. Sometimes we just want someone to tell us where to start and what to do. I think this is why our message has touched so many people. We give you a starting place and tell you that you can do anything for 15 minutes.
In the time it takes to talk ourselves out of doing something we could have the job done. You know the dialog. It has become invisible to our thinking processes because we have played it out over and over each time something needs to be done. We hear ourselves saying we don’t have time. Those words are the first red flag for us. If you would set your timer at the moment those words cross your lips or enter your mind you would feel so much better. No more procrastinating. “I don’t have time” has turned into “do it now!”
“Do it now” is doing something! Sometimes it is just putting away one item but it is something! Celebrate your “Go Me” accomplishments. They don’t have to be perfect or even finished to be a reason to throw your arms up in the air and yell “Go ME!” Getting up is better than being paralyzed in a chair saying “I don’t have time.”
It is time to stop procrastinating! You can do it! Just do something! You will feel better! Are you ready to FLY?