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Backsliding



When working on projects, especially large ones, backsliding can easily happen.


You start out great. You have a vision and a lot of enthusiasm. But after a while you start backsliding.

Backsliding can happen easily if you only go part way to setting up a system or if your system is too complicated. Sometimes backsliding happens because there is a break time on the project. Maybe you have gone on a vacation or there was a major holiday. Maybe you became ill for a while.

Being aware that backsliding is happening is the first step to getting back on track.


Ask yourself:

·        Am I finding other “more important” or “critical” things to do during my scheduled time to work on this project?

·        Is there something about the current system that doesn’t feel right or complete?

·        Is the system too complicated to maintain?

·        Am I overworking my schedule?

·        Am I feeling anxious?

·        Am I tired?

·        Am I avoiding the area that was being worked on?

·        Are piles beginning to reach the “unmanageable” stage again?

·        Am I buying items without first visualizing how they will be used and how they fit into my plan?

·        Have events or activities caused a setback?

·        Are my goals and vision shifting?


Once you figure out your “why” it’s easier to make changes to get back on track with your project. Don’t be judgmental as backsliding happens to everyone at some time.


Make a conscious decision to get back on track. All new skills and projects take time to develop.

Brainstorm a list of what needs to happen now and start putting those tasks on your calendar. Maintenace on what you have already accomplished is important so also plan maintenance times for what is complete.  


Change is hard. It’s easy to want to just give it up. But remember that you had a reason or a vision to work on this project originally. Go back and revisit that vision. Is the vision still true? Was the timeline unrealistic? Do you need to reach out and ask for some help?


Reward yourself as you work through each step of the project.


Mainly, be patient and kind with yourself. You’ve got this!

 

If you are struggling with completing an organizational project and want some help or accountability, join Diane Quintana and me in our Clear Space for You virtual support group. Each month everyone in the group chooses what project they want to complete.


Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, author of four books as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients.

 

 

 

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Jill Katz
Jill Katz
Feb 22

Important ideas here. You give tools for methodically questioning why the backsliding happens which is a great way for people to reflect with curiosity instead of "beating themselves up" over it, a common occurrence. Backsliding happens to all. You know you have good processes in place when you can get back on track fairly quickly.

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Kim Tremblay
Kim Tremblay
Feb 20

This topic has come up with my clients as well. Some great questions to ask when you find yourself overwhelmed and stuck with an unfinished project. When you know the reasons behind it you can make a plan to move forward.

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Julie Bestry
Julie Bestry
Feb 20

Backsliding happens to everyone, whether it's with clutter or diet or exercise or sticking to our emotional boundaries in relationships. Knowing the psychological "why" of what's happening inside us and the physical "why" of our obstacles it key to getting us to focus on the problem so we can find new solutions to build on our prior successes. Excellent advice all the way through!

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dnqsolutions
Feb 19

Great advice. It's so important to know why something is important. Otherwise the task or project just fades from view.

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Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels
Feb 19

I love how you normalize backsliding. Being kind, non-judgmental, and curious when it happens is helpful. I like the questions you offered to help you get back on track. It's beneficial to recognize the many factors that derail progress. But the important thing is realizing that you can reset at any time.

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