• Mara

The 10 minute "pests"

Updated: Feb 23, 2018

Overwhelm - getting started is the key, even a small step can generate some enthusiasm for the project

Hardest thing is to start

Strategies - break up into even smaller bits, one minute to get out some pots,

Prioritize - care of plant is always first

What really gets me down are the hundred-and-one ten minute chores that pile up while I'm looking somewhere else. Not the big projects, the new bed to be dug or the tree to be pruned, but the packet of poppies that really needs to be planted this week, the bulbs I bought last week that I really should pot up, the square foot of quack grass that has to be dug out before it spreads.

How do we deal with this kind of "pest"? It's really tempting to just go read a book and forget about them until tomorrow, but.... that doesn't really solve the problem, does it? Some days I have energy to take them on, but some days I just need to do one, congratulate myself for the accomplishment, play a game of solitaire and then pick another.

Paying attention to what I feel like doing pays off in extra energy. Giving myself permission to relax when I've accomplished something feels satisfying, pushing on to the next chore leaves me feeling overwhelmed.

Easy does it - a good motto for this kind of "pest control."

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