Linear Thinking (Part Two) – A Guide to Working Efficiently

Recently I wrote a blog post called “Linear Thinking.” (direct link here) If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, please do so before reading this blog post so as to avoid confusion.

I recently defined linear thinking as:

Working with the intention of staying on task until that task is completely finished. Literally thinking in a straight line.

One of the ways I said that you could accomplish the practice of “linear thinking” was by staying in the area you are cleaning or organizing until you are completely finished. However, this isn’t always possible. Sometimes we forget things in other rooms or have to grab something we need to finish our chores.

An example: you are cleaning your bedroom and you want to change the sheets. They are in a basket in the laundry room, and you have to leave the bedroom to get them.

What I recommend in this situation is to finish all of your other chores first before you leave the bedroom. That way, you’ll remain on task until all that needs done are the sheets. Pretty simple, right?… Well, not always. What if you need several items from another room, and they are all located in different areas? Under these circumstances, my advice would be to multitask by putting away anything from the bedroom that belongs in the room you need to enter.

What I mean by this is- if you have to go into the bathroom, bring along all of your makeup and hairties that were sitting on your dresser and put them where they belong. Or if you have to go into the laundry room, pick up all the dirty clothes off the bedroom floor, carry them to the laundry room, and start a new load. After that, you can grab whatever you need and take it back to the bedroom.

As you enter each area, don’t forget to constantly remind yourself that you are working in the bedroom. This will help with distractions that keep you from finishing your chore.

I hope this post helps with understanding linear thinking a little better! If you have any questions regarding it, please let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week my lovely readers!

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