Achoo! Allergic to mail!

I don't know how it happened but I developed this allergy to mail. You know, the stuff that comes into your mail box out on the street. Snail mail is a common name for it.

Just the thought of it started diversionary tactics. Yikes! I started this habit of throwing all the mail into a basket so I would have it all in one place and not have to collect it.

Good idea, kind of... but I never found time to empty the basket. And this was not a tiny basket. You could easy have packed a full picnic lunch in it, throw in your beverage and tablecloth and still have room to spare.

I met Bridget Haymond online awhile back and we grew to be friends. Last week she wrote this post, Just a Little Tweaking Leads to BIG Change! Suddenly, I felt as though I was heading in the right direction.

Bridget wrote:

Beginning with the end in mind is a good way to generate ideas and get you motivated to start, but it is best to begin with small steps in order to keep things moving forward and not get overwhelmed.

Makes sense to me! I started applying the thoughts in her post to my mail basket first. Guess what? It is empty!

My husband has been helping me. We meet for a 1/2 hour and we pick a project. First, we tackled that mail basket and it took two days. Then we moved on to the next project. (I have a lot of baskets, the mail basket was just one of them).

You know what is happening? The clear spaces and empty baskets are freeing! I want to do more! No matter what you are "allergic" to, there's a remedy. When you procrastinate anything, from your job search to your laundry, you get overwhelmed. I'm not fond of that overwhelmed feeling, are you?

What steps are you going to take today to get your job search or career change moving?


  1. Bridget Haymond on October 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Julie, I love how you partnered with your husband, as accountability is a great part of success. Just think, now the worst is over and the daily maintenance will be a breeze! Take a picture of the clean baskets and use that as a reminder of how good it feels;-)

    Kudos to you for kicking it into high gear!

    • Julie Walraven on October 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for creating the post that got me moving, Bridget! I’ve been grabbing a few minutes and working on different areas ever since. Tonight, I did 1/2 of a box of aging paperwork.

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