I'm the type of person who needs a goal. A specific, short-term goal.
So here's the goal I'm setting: I want to come home from vacation to a clean house.
Sounds easy, but it'll take some work to get and keep the house clean while packing for a trip and digging out my storage unit to get to the tent, mattress, cooking stove, sleeping bags, and other camping-related supplies.
Empty garbages (of course)
Clothes for the next day laid out
No archaeological relics leftovers in the fridge
No bags of clothes in the corners of the rooms (this means that I need to drop some clothes off at the thrift store or Freecycle them soon)
Bed linens freshly washed so that we can shower the sweat and grime of a twelve-hour drive off our bodies and immediately drop into fresh sheets
A clear, empty table on which I can spread the mail and newspapers and sort through them quickly
And while I'm being ambitious, I'd love to walk into the house and be struck by how lovely it smells. Since I can't burn candles while I'm gone, I may go buy some of those cheap sniffy things that you plug into the wall.
There. I have a goal. I've declared it. I'm already doing the visualization work. I can see it becoming clear. The next physical step, as Getting Things Done would say, is to wrap up this post and go clean the living room which the boys destroyed while I was at the store trying to buy Getting Things Done. (How's that for ironic?)