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!
Get up earlier.
Purge when it's time.
Tweaking is normal.
Planning is paramount.
Only keep what you intend to read - recycle the rest.
Double-check your plans and goals for viability.
Get started on that project you've been putting off!
Happy Spring! Hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful days we've had recently - just enjoying a walk or relishing a bit of yard work before it becomes just another chore.
Yep - I missed another newsletter issue, didn't I? Thanks for not chastising me - my own guilt is enough of a monster, surely! My vision continues to be an issue and there are days when things are just too blurry to try to do anything that requires exacting work - like publishing on the Internet. Excuses, excuses! Not a Pity Party; just what is! But this is just a great reminder for us all: we are never really 'done' with anything, are we? It's all just part of a big process, isn't it?
Organizing, your time or your stuff, is exactly that - something you work on for a bit; get 'just so;' then our grand Life lets us know that, yes: we had it 'good enough,' but now it's time to change it yet again! Wasted time? Heck, no! As you've learned from me over the years: who YOU are changes over time and thus, what works for you changes over time. Bingo! And isn't that grand? How boring if we just checked things off our lists, never to revisit those things, those memories again!
Procrastination and perfectionism are two of the stumbling blocks to the entire process, surely. I'm running into that a lot myself lately, although I'm able to be much more lenient with myself since my vision issue arose earlier this year. The trick is to suck it up and go on! Other people have SO much more to deal with, and I have great hope that with expert doctors and today's technology, my sight will return, at least to 'good enough,' if not better!
Things may not get done the way my 'old' self would have wanted, but they ARE getting done, in one guise or another. Besides, remember: you're never really 'done,' so why have that expectation in the first place? What I've experienced thus far this year is the epitome of Murphy's Law on steroids - which I've had to take, too! HA! Weight-lifters, beware - I'm coming to get you!
So, let's revisit some of the ways you CAN get more done, hopefully in a timely, appropriate manner (that doesn't mean slovenly, remember):
1. Focus on one thing at a time, especially if you're feeling a bit out of kilter.
2. Be intentional about your 'to do' list and aim to have only two or three items on it at any one time.
3. Determine what Productivity Level you are dealing with at any given time. Some days we just aren't going to be as active and efficient as others - and that's OK!
4. Remember that being busy is not the same as being productive. Feeling at peace with your day's accomplishments will make you successful and happy!
5. Accept that you truly are NEVER REALLY DONE, and you wouldn't want it any other way now, would you? Boring!
So, here's to you and Spring: a new burst of activity; a fresh outlook now that the winter doldrums have left us; and onward and upward to that little organizing project you've been putting off - now's the time!
May you be well. May you be happy. May you be peaceful.
(And if you're organized, too? A big bonus!)
"Rightsizing" is bound to affect you at some point, if not for yourself, for your parents. Take care of what you own; only keep what you use and love; keep control of your paperwork, everyone's nemesis; show respect for others' effects - they have value to them; get help in the clearing out/cleaning out process!
Providing Peace and Harmony for your Home or Office. Tips on getting organized and staying organized. Cleaning up the clutter in your home or office.