Have you ever considered that the way you think about tackling a challenging task might be very different to how someone else thinks about it?
To set the scene, we have a very large and heavy, solid wood writing desk in our bedroom where my husband has been working from home, and last week we decided that it needed moving to the lounge before eventually selling it for a smaller one. The desk was chocablock with stuff on top and underneath it and every drawers was full.
My way of dealing with this would have been with careful planning to move everything off the desk, sort out the drawers etc., even before we could think about getting someone to come round to help move it. A week had gone past and I hadn’t even starting clearing anything.
Today (Saturday) I was in my office busy finishing an overdue coaching assignment, when my husband came in and said that his friend would be round in 10 minutes to help move the desk as he was in the area. “What?” I said, “We’re not ready for that, can you please tell him we’re not ready. You said yesterday that we’d let him know”.
My husband (who makes things much less complicated than me) replied that it would be fine and we should just get it done. Part of me was feeling anxious but the other part was thinking, great opportunity to move this desk without my husband attempting to do it (he’s not allowed to lift anything at the moment).
So, we quickly started moving items from on top of the desk and when our friend arrived, he helped take the drawers out. Stuff ended up being shoved everywhere in different rooms upstairs. We then took the top section of the desk off and carried it downstairs followed the two pedestal blocks of drawer units.
The desk was in its new place in the lounge within about 30 minutes. So, basically from phone call to completion it took about 40 minutes. Left to me, I could have easily drawn out the process to half a day.
I was so grateful to my husband and his friend for making this happen as our bedroom now looks so much bigger. Even though we may not end up keeping the old desk in the lounge, we can now get a feel for what a desk would look like in there in the new layout we are planning.
So, today has taught me that sometimes I need to be more spontaneous and live in the moment. Had I tried to plan this in, I would have made so much more work for myself. I do tend to make mountains out of molehills.
My mind is racing with new ideas now for our bedroom.
Until next time…