When I am tired and every task seems overwhelming, there is a phrase that spurs me into action. When my “to do” list is long and I don’t know where to begin, there are two words that get me started, When faced with a sink full of dishes or a pile of laundry or a messy house or a pile of papers or a list of phone calls, two little words are a catalyst that sets me in motion.
These two words are “just quick.” Years ago, I read about a woman who uses them when faced with an unpleasant task. As in, “I’ll ‘just quick’ wash these dishes.” or “I’ll ‘just quick’ make these phone calls.” These two simple words have the power to change my perspective and cut insurmountable tasks down to size.
Before I learned the phrase “just quick,” I would procrastinate on small tasks and build them up in my mind to be huge ordeals. When I would finally get around to taking care of the task, I would be surprised to find that it was finished quickly. All the procrastinating and agonizing over the task would turn out to be just a waste of time and energy.
Since I learned about using this little phrase, I have incorporated it into my life. I really use it all the time. I look at the laundry and think, “I’ll throw in a load ‘just quick’ and get through this in no time.” I gather up the bills and tell myself that I’ll pay them “just quick” and then they’ll be done. Whenever my least favorite tasks need to be done at work – filing, filling out forms, scheduling appointments – I do them “just quick” and move on to the parts of my job that I love.
Using these words may sound silly to those who don’t procrastinate and those who are paralyzed by the thought of getting started on a task. But to me, these words have been life-changing. The provide momentum to help me end inertia. They cut tasks down to size. They help me get started (and finished) “just quick.” To anyone who has difficulty beginning tasks, I offer these words. Use them to launch into the next task that feels overwhelming and it will be done “just quick.”