Photo by YoonJae Baik on Unsplash

The Vacuum-Cleaner Method for Crushing Procrastination and Taking Back Your Life

aka: “Anything worth doing is worth doing with a vacuum cleaner”

Sarah Cy
3 min readJan 20, 2024


You may have heard people say:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”

The problem with pithy quotes is they can ALWAYS be taken the wrong way.

In this case, “anything worth doing is worth doing well” becomes an excuse for perfectionists and procrastinators to never do anything, because they don’t think they can “do it well,” so…they don’t do it.

If that’s you, then here’s a reframe for you.

Listen carefully now:

Anything worth doing is worth doing BADLY.

Case in point:

A young man with mental health (aka: difficulty-dealing-with-life-complexity) issues saw a counselor* and together they came up with the idea of having him do some cleaning.

Just a bit of vacuuming, nothing major.

But week after week, the young man wouldn’t or couldn’t or just simply didn’t vacuum his house.

You could call him lazy, but you could also say that he was dealing with a massive mental block.



Sarah Cy

(aka The Scylighter). Writer, musician, reader, daughter. Join our Merry Band, become a Brilliant Writer, and dazzle your readers!