So I've been thinking a lot about why I have the need to do everything at once. Why do I think 1) that I can get the file cabinet done in a day and 2) that it won't get done if I don't do it in a day. The second thing is obvious when you're a procrastinator like I am, but the first issue, even thinking I would be able to get something that big done in a day, is unrealistic.
When I go into a task thinking I have to get it done in a day then don't, I get discouraged and quit. I don't go in with the mindset that I have as long as it takes. After all, it's not like anyone is paying me and I'm behind on my deadline; the file cabinet has been a mess for many years. So when I go into a big task with a limiting mindset, I'm really hard on myself when I don't get it done.
But here it is, a couple weeks later and I'm still working on the file cabinet. No one but me has noticed! Go figure! I've realized these past few weeks I can do many things in a day and maybe none of them get done, but I'm that much further ahead than I was to begin with.
Right now I have two big household tasks I'm working on, the file cabinet and putting my garden to bed for the winter. So in a day I can actually do some writing, write my blog, work on a big project, figure out dinner, maybe do the laundry, make phone calls, pay bills, and pick up kids.
I've been sorting the file cabinet in small increments, because frankly cleaning out stuff drives me crazy and on sunny days I've been weeding my way around the garden. I've been easier on myself and satisfied with progress instead of only being satisfied at the end result.
I think multi-tasking is over rated. Because we really only need to do one thing at a time.