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    The Best Advice I Ever Heard: From Motivation to Paper Plates, 10 Genius Hacks for Keeping Yourself and Your Home Organized

    enSeptember 11, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Momentum over MotivationTaking the first step and building momentum is more effective than waiting for motivation to strike. Start with small tasks or set a timer for a short period of time to create momentum and overcome feelings of overwhelm.

      Momentum is more important than motivation when it comes to getting things done. Waiting for motivation to strike often leads to inaction, but taking the first step can create a sense of momentum that propels us forward. Research shows that once we start, momentum builds and motivation follows. Instead of waiting for 100% motivation to tackle a task, we can use 5% momentum to do 5% of the task. For example, folding one piece of laundry or doing two dishes can be a starting point. Setting a timer for a short period of time, like five minutes, and focusing on cleaning during that time can also create momentum. By focusing on building momentum rather than waiting for motivation, we can overcome feelings of overwhelm and take small steps towards accomplishing our goals.

    • Motivation vs Task Initiation: Understanding the DifferenceDuring times of crisis or emotional pain, it's normal to lack motivation. It's important to prioritize self-care, set reasonable expectations, and practice self-compassion. Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all.

      Motivation and task initiation are two separate things. Motivation is the belief that a task is worth doing or that the results are desirable. On the other hand, task initiation refers to the actual act of starting and completing a task. Sometimes, people may lack motivation due to feelings of worthlessness or indifference. However, the conversation highlights that in times of significant crisis or emotional pain, it is normal to have limited cognitive and emotional resources, which can make it challenging to do everyday tasks like laundry. It is important to exercise self-compassion during these times, acknowledging that processing pain is a necessary part of mental well-being. Instead of succumbing to shame and paralysis, it is helpful to set reasonable expectations and prioritize self-care, understanding that doing something small is better than not doing anything at all.

    • Embracing Imperfections and GrowthAccepting our humanity and embracing our mistakes allows for self-compassion, personal growth, and the ability to overcome obstacles in our journey towards functionality and development.

      It is crucial to recognize and accept our human imperfections. We often place unrealistic expectations on ourselves and categorize certain mistakes or failures as unacceptable. However, it is essential to understand that we are allowed to be human and make genuine mistakes. The fear of judgement or disappointing others should not prevent us from acknowledging our shortcomings and taking steps towards growth and healing. It is important to differentiate between temporary difficulties and chronic challenges, and find accessible solutions for long-term obstacles. By giving ourselves a break and understanding that not every problem is a moral failure, we can foster self-compassion and create a path towards personal development and functionality.

    • Simplify and Improve Your Life with Creative SolutionsFocus on changing your environment or mindset to find simple solutions that make daily tasks easier and more manageable.

      Being creative and finding simple solutions can greatly improve our daily lives. Instead of constantly trying to motivate ourselves or criticizing who we are, we should focus on changing our environment or the way we think about things. For example, instead of constantly taking out the trash multiple times a day, a simple upgrade like getting a bigger trash can on wheels can solve this issue. Similarly, in challenging situations like receiving an autism diagnosis for a child, it is important to remember that we are not doing anything wrong and we should focus on finding ways to make life more manageable. This can include using paper plates, outsourcing tasks, and creating small beautiful spaces in our homes.

    • Importance of Self-Care and Being Kind to OneselfTaking care of oneself, creating hygiene kits, and allowing oneself to rest are essential in difficult times. Don't compare or force yourself, go at your own pace.

      Taking care of yourself is crucial, even in difficult times. Casey recommends creating hygiene kits and placing them around your house so that you can easily care for yourself when you can't leave your child alone. She also advises placing a laundry basket and trash can in every room to minimize the effort required for cleaning up. Mel emphasizes the importance of rest and allowing yourself to be human. Both Casey and Mel stress that it's okay to take things at your own pace and not to force yourself or compare yourself to others. Overall, the conversation highlights the significance of self-care and being kind to oneself.

    • Embracing self-care without relying on self-worth.Prioritize self-care and let go of clothes that don't serve your well-being or body, regardless of your self-worth.

      Taking care of oneself does not require a deep sense of self-worth. Casey Davis emphasizes the importance of creating a space where one can exist without constantly pondering their appearance. This allows individuals to have a first-person experience of life, free from self-judgment and constant self-reflection. Casey also mentions the significance of letting go of clothes that do not fit or make one feel good about themselves. Clothes are meant to fit the body, not the other way around. Mel Robbins shares her personal experience with her changing body and the negative impact of holding onto clothes that no longer fit. Ultimately, this conversation highlights the importance of tenderly caring for oneself, even when self-worth is lacking.

    • The Power of Self-Compassion and Taking Small StepsSelf-compassion is essential for our well-being, and we should start treating ourselves well, even if we don't fully like ourselves. Taking small steps, like addressing minor issues, can help cultivate self-compassion in our lives.

      Self-compassion is crucial for caring about ourselves, even if we don't like ourselves. Instead of waiting to like ourselves before treating ourselves well, we should start with acts of self-compassion and tenderness. Just like how we can choose to care for a dog we pick up from the pound, we can decide to care for ourselves and deem ourselves worthy. Self-esteem is not as important as self-compassion, as it is connected to better outcomes in life. To put this into practice, a simple action is to identify one inconsequential thing that bothers us and do something to alleviate it, such as placing slippers by the bed or setting up automatic coffee-making. In a culture that pressures women to be everything, finding moments of rest and self-compassion is essential.

    • Prioritizing Rest for Well-Being and ProductivityRest is not a reward, but a necessity for overall well-being and productivity. By making daily tasks and responsibilities more manageable, we can incorporate rest into our lives without guilt or overwhelm.

      Rest should be seen as a right rather than a reward. Many people have been conditioned to believe that rest and relaxation can only be enjoyed after completing all their tasks and responsibilities. However, this mindset leads to burnout and overwhelming feelings of guilt and shame for taking breaks. Instead, it is important to recognize that rest is a necessity for overall well-being and productivity. Rather than focusing solely on finding time for breaks, individuals should prioritize making their daily tasks and responsibilities more manageable. By making things easier for ourselves, we can incorporate rest into our lives without feeling guilty or overwhelmed.

    • Finding Creative Ways to Prioritize Self-Care as a Single MomTaking small breaks and making simple changes in your routine can help you prioritize self-care and maintain your well-being as a single mom.

      Finding ways to give yourself a break and make things easier is essential for maintaining your well-being and mental health. In the context of being a single mom, traditional recommendations like finding a babysitter may not always be feasible or practical. Instead, it's important to think creatively and make small changes in your routine to create relaxation and self-care opportunities. For example, designating specific nights as rest nights and ordering pizza or making a grazing plate for the kids can provide a break from cooking. Implementing movie nights or other special activities can also create a sense of ease and enjoyment. Remember, it's okay to take shortcuts and prioritize your own mental health because ultimately, being in a better state allows you to contribute to causes and make a bigger impact in the long run.

    • Rethinking Equality in Relationships: The Importance of Fair RestFair rest prioritizes the distribution of rest and relaxation based on individual challenges and responsibilities, promoting understanding and harmony in relationships and households.

      The traditional notion of equal labor in a relationship or household can often lead to comparison, competition, and a lack of fairness. Instead, it is important to focus on fair rest. Fair rest means prioritizing the distribution of rest and relaxation in a way that considers the unique challenges and responsibilities each person faces. It recognizes that different jobs and roles come with different demands and difficulties. Rather than striving for an equal division of labor, fair rest involves open communication and collaboration to ensure that each individual feels valued and supported in experiencing rest and downtime. This approach is adaptable to different situations and can help foster understanding and harmony in relationships and households.

    • Balancing Responsibilities and Building Equality in RelationshipsIn a relationship, it is important for both partners to have designated time off, prioritize open communication, and let go of perfectionism to create a functional household and prioritize well-being.

      It is important for both partners in a relationship to have designated time off from their responsibilities, both at home and outside of the house. It should not be the case that one person is constantly facilitating the life of the other, as this can create a sense of inequality and resentment. Division of labor should be approached with a focus on maximizing free time for both individuals, rather than keeping score or feeling entitled to certain tasks based on contribution or work hours. Additionally, it is crucial to have open and explicit communication about what constitutes a functional household and to let go of perfectionism, recognizing that everyone deserves the opportunity to rest and prioritize their well-being.

    • Building a Strong Partnership Through Empathy and UnderstandingBy approaching household tasks with empathy and curiosity, and having open discussions about rest and support, couples can enhance communication, cooperation, and overall relationship satisfaction.

      True partnership requires empathy and understanding in handling household tasks and responsibilities. Instead of resorting to blame or accusations, it's important to approach these situations with compassion and curiosity about the other person's perspective. The concept of Fair Rest, maximizing free time, and equal contribution in a relationship can lead to better communication and cooperation. It is crucial for both partners to have open discussions about their needs for rest, maximizing time together, and how they can support each other. The conversation also emphasizes the significance of supporting loved ones during tough times, such as postpartum depression or loss, by offering practical help or simply being present.

    • A Simple Gesture with Big ImpactHelping others can be as easy as giving them a stack of paper plates. Small acts of kindness show consideration for the environment and make a big difference in someone's life.

      Helping someone in a hard time doesn't always have to be complicated. Casey Davis shared a simple yet impactful idea of giving someone a stack of paper plates. This small gesture not only takes away the burden of doing dishes but also shows consideration for the environment. It is important to consider the relationship with the person and adjust our actions accordingly. Mel Robbins emphasizes the value of passing on this lesson to others because everyone goes through difficult times at some point. By being kinder and more compassionate to ourselves and others, we can create a better life and support each other through both low and high moments.

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