“How about a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 2 hours a day decluttering and packing?”

I’d been listening to the book Effortless (1) and I was reminded of a useful productivity technique. It’s where you set lower and upper limits of work in order to pace yourself. After hearing this, I went home and discussed it with my husband. We are moving from Zurich to the UK next year, so there’s a lot of stuff to let go of and pack.

In the book, the author talked about how it’s often tempting to do a lot of work in one go. If this happens too much, you can burn yourself out. I can see how could happen. By giving yourself a minimum amount to do, you are moving forward, even if it’s not as quickly as you would like but still you are moving forward. By giving yourself a maximum allowed amount, you save your reserves and you don’t take yourself out.

Having lived in Zurich for almost 20 years, we’ve gathered a lot of stuff so it’s the perfect opportunity to declutter before we move things over. I know it’s still a few months away but we all know that time flies so I’m excited to get started.

How about you? Do you want to finish reading a book? Write a book even? Get some work finished in the home? Where could lower and upper limits help you? 


  1. Effortless, Greg McKeown