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The Round Tuit

We’ve all heard the expression “I’ll get around to it” or “I need a round tuit.” And usually when we hear it, it’s in reference to something that we’re procrastinating on. But what if there was a way to turn this procrastination into motivation? Enter the round tuit.
When we were growing up we had a wooden round chip with the word “Tuit” on it. As a child I didn’t understand what it was all about, but I totally get it now. This little wooden chip was for anytime someone would say… “I’ll do that when I get around to it”.

Someone would say that phrase, and we could give them the chip and say, “here is your round tuit, now go do it.” Sometimes this external item helps motivate you to accomplish the things you need to do.
Here is an example, you ask your Husband to take out the trash. He says “I’ll do it when I get around to it.” You give him the round tuit, and voila he gets up off the couch! OK, so it doesn’t quite happen that way every time, but the little extra motivation is sometimes just the ticket.
I also leave things where I can see them to help remind me to do things. For example, I want to remember to read every day, so I place the book I’m reading somewhere I’ll see it. Instant reminder! The catch here is to make sure you don’t have a whole lot of clutter “reminders”. I limit my external reminders to either small items, or a note somewhere, or ONE small item that is in a visible (yet tidy) location.

What is a round tuit?

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A round tuit is a small, circular piece of wood or plastic with the words “I need a round tuit” written on it. It’s a play on words, of course, but it’s also a hilarious gift for anyone who could use a little help getting organized. And as it turns out, the round tuit can actually be a great motivational tool!
The round tuit can help you get things done in two ways. First, it can serve as a reminder to actually do the things you’ve been putting off. Whenever you see the round tuit, it will remind you to finally get around to that thing you’ve been meaning to do. Second, the round tuit can help motivate you by giving you a sense of accomplishment. Every time you complete a task, you can put a checkmark or sticker on the round tuit. Seeing your progress will help motivate you to keep going until all of your tasks are complete!

Sometimes small reminders are just the thing we need to stop procrastinating our tasks, and finally just go and get them done!
So, if you’re looking for a funny gift that can actually help someone get organized and motivated, look no further than the round tuit! It may just be the thing they need to finally get around to all those things they’ve been meaning to do. 😉

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Ann at One Bag Nation

Wednesday 18th of June 2008

I have a couple of trick for motivating myself. One is to use my kitchen timer; I set it for 5 minutes at at time, and buzz through the house doing "5-minute room rescues" (a la flylady). I'll also do some clean-up in the kitchen while I wait for the tea kettle to boil and the tea to brew. Sounds silly, but I can make a difference in that amount of time.

My blog is about getting organized, decluttering and creating order. I'm learning that most of the mess and clutter around here is a result of procrastination, so I'm working hard on not putting things off.

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Tuesday 17th of June 2008

My new favorite "rule" is that if something I need to do comes to my attention, and it takes less than two minutes to do, then I do it right then. Apparently, it takes about 2 minutes to log something away to do later, so you might as well do it when you think it. The other day I realized I needed to dust my ceiling fan and was going to add it to a list, and then I thought, "why don't I just do this?" Voila...30 seconds later it was dust free. It's a great rule!


Tuesday 17th of June 2008

Jia, SUPER easy to make, just grab a round piece of wood and cut off the end and write with a sharpie TUIT. :) Once I was old enough to understand it, I totally thought it was hilarious!


Tuesday 17th of June 2008

That is the greatest little thing! I want to make one for my family!

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susan bankhead

Tuesday 17th of June 2008

I used to make my reward food! I'd say, "As soon as I wash the dishes I'm going to eat that last piece of chocolate cake." When the dishes were done, I'd get distracted by something else and forget about eating the cake. So the next time I needed incentive, I'd again put that piece of cake in my head and go for it. When that task was done, same thing! I had forgotten about the cake. Repeating the same strategy every time, I'd finally go to eat that piece of cake and discover someone else had beat me to it! Oh well, it kept my waistline in check. Now, my incentives are read a chapter in a book I want to read, or take a hot bath, or play a game of sudoku. Shows you how simple I am.