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The Rube Goldberg Effect

in General, Uncategorized | by admin | on May 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment

Do you remember Rube Goldberg?  He was an American cartoonist best known for his “Goldberg machines”.  His cartoons depicted complex sets of instructions for completing simple, everyday tasks.  For instance, his Self-Operating Napkin required 13 steps to wipe one’s mouth with one’s table napkin!

Rube’s cartoons were a gentle, humorous way of reminding us that we have a tendency to make the simplest tasks more complicated than they need to be.  When we do that, we get exhausted just thinking about the job!

How we perceive a task directly affects our willingness to do it.  If a task can be explained simply, it becomes much more achievable in our minds.  If it seems complicated or difficult, then we’re much less likely to begin.

Part of the role of a professional organizer is to make the task sound – and feel – easier.  We are here to help you, and that means helping you separate your overwhelming thoughts about decluttering from the actual doing – and then to make sure you get started (and finished)!

1 Comment to “The Rube Goldberg Effect”

  1. Helen Melbourne Says:

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Brilliant Stephanie! And so true.

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