You'll notice something similar in each week. The four steps in each week are the same. Well, sort of. I'll elaborate on them each week, but the basic steps are: Plan the Part, Look the Part, Act the Part, Be the Part. But don't be fooled, its not quite that simple!
Today we're tackling keeping your apartment clean and organized. In college, I used to assume that I was a little messy because I was crazy busy, and that when I graduated and was only working at one job that I'd magically get better at cleaning up the house and keeping things organized... Unfortunately, that's not how that worked out.
Plan the Part
Once you've identified your focus points, make a list of the ways you can do to work on the things that you can develop. It doesn't have to be a long list (in fact it shouldn't be), but the list items should be easy enough to accomplish without stress. Use your to-do list to get ready for step two.
Look the Part
For me, this means doing all of my laundry and putting it all away and then starting with my goal. Why? Because my problem isn't starting laundry, its finishing it. So if I start over with a clean laundry basket, it'll be easier for me to follow through, rather than start with being overwhelmed.
Act the Part
Another way to "act the part" is to make things fun. Put on music while you're folding laundry, and dance while you're vacuuming (don't knock it 'til you try it). Or if your goal is about getting your apartment organized, act like an interior designer or like you're hosting a show on HGTV (P.s. Chelsea has a post for that)! This will help you get in the right mindset, and actually enjoy what you're working on.
Be the Part
When you feel like you've gotten things all set with your first focus, start thinking about what's next. Whether it's focusing on a totally different category of your life, or tackling the organization of your extra closet, take advantage of the excitement you're feeling about accomplishing your goal and focus it on accomplishing another one!
Let me know what you're working on, and stay tuned for next week's Fake It 'Til You Make It - we'll be tackling productivity at work or school.