This great old cartoon tells you where I'm going with this month's newsletter, and haven't we all been here?! Yep - this is exactly what I teach you all, here and as clients, but I also have a bit of 'me, too' about all this. My coaching tells you that you have an ever-changing, every-evolving persona, and we need to be ready for that and embrace these changes. That includes adjusting your space and everything in it to suit The New You!
One of the biggest changes for me was the realization, many years ago now, that I was no longer going to reside in the Corporate World. I gladly donated/sold my beautiful suits, got rid of the high heels and nylons and all the paraphernalia that goes along with that. One last thing, though, took me a long time to finally ditch: my brass name plate! Can you just imagine how silly that is? Sheesh ....
It was, truly, acknowledging that part of my life was over and done with, and I most certainly didn't need it on my desk as a solo-preneur! Can't remember what I did with it - it's probably in a landfill somewhere (my bad) - but I remember the relief in acknowledging that a 'new me' was now ready to blossom and grow. Hooray!
So, one more pile to deal with now, related to the above cartoon: years ago, I purchased and enrolled in a productivity certification system that seemed like it might take my business to 'the next level.' Not only did I dole out over a $1000 for the program, related books and materials, but I convinced a colleague to do the same! And, then? The team involved decided to retire and all was for naught! UGH!
While we might have been allowed to profer some of the materials and coaching within specific parameters, just the thought of presenting any bit of it out of those parameters was legally daunting. I did not need a lawsuit over something that like! So, for years the pile has sat in my bookshelf, taking up needed space!
OK, heed my lesson here: GET RID of stuff that causes you any sense of negativity or angst! Meet the New You with excitement and have the space allowed to do just that! I'm doing that today, before I even get showered and into my day, and then can rearrange the books I do refer to, read and reread in the space I've so needed, instead of being on top of other books!
WOW! Do I feel better? Do I feel powerful? Do I feel ready to meet new challenges and adventures, instead of grousing on 'what might have been'? You bet! Regrets? Not a one!
Here's to your success in jumping in and finding something that's been bugging you! Onward toward positivity in change and owning your present, instead of being bogged down by your past!!! Yahoo!!!
While a friend was wishing me a Happy Birthday last month (yep - 29 again!), he shared a news clip from CBS Sunday Morning. I want to forego my regular sharings this month so that your time can be spent on this great review of all-things-organized-and-how-to! It's about 7 1/2 minutes, so I'll leave you to it! Any thoughts or comments? Be sure to share with me: I love that!
Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day; spring picnic weekend; success in getting a handle on the last of your yard clean-up (sure....)!
The bulbs are popping up everywhere .... leaves are emerging from all the trees ... pretty soon you won't want to be inside for months! So ....
'Git 'er done!' Go through that dresser drawer right now!
So, it's been a while since my last missive, hasn't it? With days on end of 100+ degrees, I've just been stymied trying to get much done - outside or inside. Are you feeling the same way?
Yes, this weather and all the fun that summer traditionally bring have brought full-force the recognition of situational disorganization. This, as opposed to chronic disorganization, when no matter what, you just can't seem to get a thing done, year after year after year. Heat or cold; life's events - happy or sad; looking for permanent vs. temporary fixes - situational disorganization comes and goes. I've been facing that in droves of late!
Up at the crack of dawn just to get walks in or some gardening done before we get to 90 degrees, and working long into the evenings, with a lot of 'dead time' in the middle of the day, right? The desire to just go-go-go has sort of gone recently, but I know to be kind to myself and am dealing with any guilt by reminding myself to just be present, be mindful, be grateful. Sound a bit woo-woo to you? Don't worry - your get-up-and-go will return as we put away the iced teas and jump into fall, which is just around the corner.
In the meantime, please remember that there is no such thing as perfection, so aim for good enough to get the most mundane tasks done. I'm talking about the laundry, ironing (what's that, millenials might ask?), housekeeping, shopping and cooking - keep it easy and just 'git 'er done! Salads have been our main fare lately and that's not only healthy but less expensive than many food options, so all's well. Looking for the 'easy way out' always works, and fits right into the 'good enough' philosophy. That said, remember that 'good enough' isn't to be equated with being sloppy or slovenly - just cut yourself a break on any and all 'rules' you may have been raised with or concocted over the years. Be easy on yourself - be easy on yourself - I can't repeat that enough!
Yoga and Pilates have been our exercise recently; lawn care is hired out; reading has taken on new importance; gardening is just what must be done - watering and deadheading, early in the day. Guess what? There's nothing wrong with wanting to slow down and move more slowly through these heated days. Watching our cats is always a good lesson - running around early and late in the day and that's it for any major progress. Nothing wrong with this, right?
So, there! Have I made you feel less guilty about your lack of progress on that To-Do List? Aim for 2-3 items per week, maybe, instead of 2-3 per day - the Completion Police are on vacation, too! Handle The Musts and then enjoy the rest of your day - speedy times are coming when vacations are over and the kids head back to school.
Recognize this bit of wisdom from Oprah: "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." ENJOY, and we can all get busy next month!
Here's to seeing the balance in all and taking in each moment!
WOW- can you believe it's almost June? Into the sixth month of 2017 already?! This quick passage of time is a bit about what the topic is today - that little bits and pieces will help with getting projects done, even if it is just little bits and pieces!
I'm into the last week of this round of eye drops, which seems to be the way I have watched the rapid passing of the year thus far, drop by drop. My detached retina repair seems to be holding and the cataract surgery the initial surgery caused is now behind me. Yahoo! My sight is almost back to where I was in early January, thank goodness! Sight is something we so take for granted - never again!
This leads me to trying to tackle projects whose completion seems to have stymied me thus far, for many and varied reasons. Yep - I have the same 'I need a push' issues that you face, and have just had wonderful excuses all year. No more! I have company coming the 3rd week of June and they are expecting to see the photo album of our trip (last fall!) to Italy, no excuses! Isn't that just the way, though? We procrastinate until there no longer is time left for such an inane pretext.
All of you, friends and clients, are aware of one of my biggest 'preaching tools' - It doesn't matter if you do only 15 minutes a day of decluttering, organizing, filing, whatever .... by the end of the week, you have almost two hours of that project done! Wahoo! Don't tell me you don't have 15 minutes - just put down your phones, stop site-surfing, turn off the tube, right? You can do it!
I've always tried to walk my own talk, with some success, in devoting about an hour a day to a photo-book task. I have now realized, in seeing my sister-in-law's 2015 album recently (wonderful with mostly just photo after photo and no text necessary!), that I've also been falling into another productivity trap - perfectionism! Oh, yes, we all know that perfection doesn't exist, so stop aiming for it, right? Great reminder! I truly do not need (and no one cares!) to be able to identify the building each ceiling and tapestry comes from. The research on that has been horrendous, and after one trip to Italy, I'll never be a scholar of ancient art, anyway!
So, as I close out this newsletter to you today, I'm going to regroup over unfounded 'needs' for that mission and just 'git 'er done' as a certain comedian prompts. How?
You're heard me on all this before, right? Reminders don't hurt any of us, do they? Onward! Slow and steady = progress AND completion!
Here's to your success in getting past some ever-present nagging job! Of course, you can do it!
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