This is such a simple tip, I don’t know why I didn’t hear about it before. I came across it reading one of my favorite books, by one of my favorite authors, Sydney Eddison’s Gardening for a Lifetime. Or should I say I “gleaned” it?
We all have to do lists, although some are just in our heads. Wherever they’re kept, they keep getting longer and more overwhelming. To get a handle on all you have to do, write down as much as you can remember. Then next to each item, write down how long you think it will take you to get it done. Now before you feel daunted, take a look at the nagging little tasks that would only take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.
|Side vegetables with compost||30 -40 minutes||X|
|Check cabbage plants for egg sacks||15 minutes||X|
|Mulch flower beds||60 minutes|
|Collect seeds from poppy pods||10 minutes||X|
|Divide crowded daylilies||1-2 hours|
|Build compost bin||4-6 hours|
Now whenever you have only a few minutes to garden, do one of those tasks instead of just pulling a weed here or a deadhead there. Get an entire task done and you can scratch it off your to do list. Doesn’t that feel good? As your list gets smaller, those big task might still look out of reach.
Chop Them Up
Most big jobs, like building a compost container, can be broken down into smaller tasks:
|List materials needed||15 minutes||X|
|Shop for materials||45 minutes|
|Measure and mark boards||30 minutes|
|Cut boards||30 – 40 minutes|
|Drill holes||20 – 30 minutes|
Yes, it takes a few minutes of pre-thought, but it sure helps get organize your thoughts into a plan of attack.