Last week, Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project suggested that you can conquer a nagging task by dedicating a 24-hour period to getting it done. She called it the 24-Hour Boot Camp.
This came at the perfect time for me. I like buying presents. I really dislike wrapping and mailing presents. The result was a guest bedroom full of presents that needed to be wrapped and about half of them needed to be packaged to be mailed.
I decided that my 24-hour present wrapping and packaging boot camp would start at nap time on Wednesday. I cleared off the dining room table and brought out all the presents and wrapping supplies. I turned on some Christmas music and went to work. It took me longer than I expected and I thought about stopping a couple of times, but I was determined to finish. Finally, I had everything wrapped and packed.
I had some child-free time on Thursday morning, so I finished my boot camp then by taking my packages to the post office. By a terrific stroke of luck, there was no line at the post office and I had a lovely chat with the post office employees.
The 24-hour boot camp worked really well for me. Every day I dreaded dealing with the wrapping. Now, I am completely done. Of course, there are a couple of straggling presents, but I can handle those. I'll definitely use the 24-hour boot camp in the future.
6 years ago