Let’s talk about avoiding stuff.
Do you ever avoid a job that needs to be done? I wanted to wash off the pendant light hanging outside on our patio, covered in winter grime. I hate that job (okay, I hate cleaning.)
Enter: The 10 Minute Fix.
Here’s how I motivate myself: I set the oven timer to 10 minutes. I promise I’ll clean until it goes off. Grab the bucket, fill with hot water and soap, drop in a cloth, wipe the pendant lamp: messy, slimy, but I keep going until it’s done. I have time to spare, so I sweep the patio, get rid of cobwebs, swipe my cloth over the messy barbecue.
Beep beep. Time’s up. And it’s done.
Why is it so hard to remember that most yucky jobs take 10 minutes?
Seriously, what if we ALL did 10 minutes of exercise right now? Squats and push-ups, my friend, for 10 minutes. Or how about this: 10 minutes of meditation. 10 minutes of stretching. 10 minutes of working on your book. De-cluttering. Cleaning your underwear drawer.
It always surprises me how much I can get done in 10 minutes.
Choose the thing.
Set your timer for 10.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone! May your lights get cleaned, your barbecue wiped off, and your push-ups done! And thank you, truly, for being here if you’re new this week!
Love Catherine x
Love all things French & English? And Canadian & Aussie? I want to tell you about Educalme, because Kailey and Josianne partnered with me to create a full FREE online Growth Mindset / Mindfulness course to go with my new picture book, JACARANDA SNOW. (You can take a peek at the free course here) Access Code is: JACARANDASNOW Educalme is an awesome initiative that truly helps kids, teachers and parents. Merci, Kailey and Josianne! This week I was on their incredible podcast: The Balanced Educator. Listen here!
Did you know that so much of JACARANDA SNOW is or feels French?? Helene Magisson is French / Australian, so the beautiful illustrations look French; Kailey & Josianne are bilingual and everything at Educalme is in French & English; and Alexander Lau, who composed a piano quintet that we printed in the book … his piece sounds like it was written by a French composer from the Romantic period. I’m the only non-French part of the book! Gotta work on that!
Books I posted overseas should be arriving to you soon! I’ll check with my publisher on Monday. Thank you! Available here and in Aussie bookshops.