Saturday, July 18, 2009

Practice “Partial Progress Thinking”

Many of my clients get frustrated when they decided to get organized because they feel like thy only have two choices: buckle down and organize 24/7 or be lazy and get nothing done. And, neither of these options really sound that appealing! This, my friends, is all or nothing thinking. Do you recognize it? Have you ever thought that way, too?

If we can let got of our “all or nothing” way of thinking, we would see that in fact there are lots of other choices I we can make to be more organized that we are right now…but still have a joyful and fulfilling life. We don’t have to stick to a super strict schedule where we are constantly organizing. Sounds good, right?

If you’re a victim of all or nothing thinking, give partial progress thinking a try. There are usually a host of options between all and nothing, and often one of these middle-of-the-road solutions can work even better than either of the extremes. To practice partial progress thinking, ask yourself: Are there any options between all and nothing? Or, is there a way I can make progress on this project, even if I can’t do it all right now? Then see for yourself how good it feels to find the happy medium offered by partial progress thinking.

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