Off and running. A new week of action and activity fueled by caffeine. Ready. Set. Go! There’s sorting and tossing and repurposing to do. Organizing, color coding and it occurs to me that I should set up some incentives for the day. Rewards that will fuel my motivation and help to keep me on task when distractions call out to me. The organizational guru suggests that I have snacks and a nice lunch already prepared so that flow of work can continue without creating more mess. But I read that tip late at night and don’t plan to grocery shop til later. Maybe this whole project would get off to a better start on Tuesday? Because it already feels like marathon day and I maybe should have done some training in advance. A few stretches make sense before starting up the big hill? New list: warming up for the spring cleaning marathon. Item 1. Get Lunch. But I really should start the laundry, or at least clear a path to the laundry room. Or, wait: start small with emptying the dishwasher?
I’m reminded of Anne LaMott’s instructions on writing and life: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”