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Getting started with tasks

Organizational inertia is that stuck feeling most people get when they think about an organizational task they have yet to do, like cleaning out a messy closet or getting ahead of hectic schedules. Until you start, the mere thought of the energy and time required to deal with a task is paralyzing. So you procrastinate.

Happily, breaking through to get momentum working in your favor is actually easier than you might think. All you need is five minutes – you can get much more crossed off your list in five minutes than you might think.

Give your car a pit-stop clean. Pull into a gas station. Take all of the trash out of your car and toss.

Make your own cleaning solution. Sarah Welch whipped up three concoctions in four minutes with ease. You can, too. Get free printable recipes and stickers at

Prepare for your next errand run. Map your errands on a note pad before running them so you get this week’s done more efficiently and spend less while you’re at it because you have a list.

Reduce your future junk mail. Get on the do-not-mail list at

– Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore,