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!
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!
We've been back from our adventure to Italy for several weeks now and I don't think I can blame 'residual jet-lag'; the changing of the seasons; change of daylight savings time; or just plain procrastination anymore. However, you may have noted, that the October blog was non-existent! (Sigh ... I loath not keeping promises ....)
So, knowing that all the craziness of Halloween (just past), Thanksgiving (around the corner) and Christmas and New year's (impending) are approaching like a gale-force wind, it's like I just can't get it together! Sort of like, "If I don't get thus-and-such done, It'll be there tomorrow, right?"
The problem with that is, whatever the 'thus-and-such' was just keeps compounding, right? Like that pile on the corner of your desk, huh? Maybe there is such a thing as pre-holiday funk! Or, is this just classic procrastination?!
I don't usually have an issue with getting through the 'shoulds' or all my lists, so this has given me pause for thought as to 'why' I'm being so ... lazy?? No, it's not that - I'm plenty busy, as I know you are, and we're not sitting around eating bonbons and watching the tube, surfing the web and all such time-sinks! There just seems to be a general malaise in the atmosphere.
I know! Let's blame the horrifyingly-long election season we've had, OK?! No matter how you plan to vote or deal with the aftermath, I think it's just the powerlessness that I feel about what may happen in my near-future that's gotten to me. I mean, when was the last time there was anything civil in the news? (Actually, on the web today there was a story of an awesome father who helped his 3-year-old trick-or-treat on a plane, with all the passengers participating! Brought tears to my eyes, it was such a heartfelt, lovely sentiment by all involved!)
THIS is what we need more of, right? The wonderful Law of Attraction tells us that what we think about and speak about we'll get more of (condensed very sloppily). So, let's just stop the vitriol, the threats, the negativity and all the violence and aim for something better that I know we all have in us!
WOW! I don't know about you, but I feel SO much better! One more week and, as they say, 'it'll all be over but the shouting!' But, I'm saying: let's stop the shouting! Let's aim to become the better people that I know we are. We met so many wonderful people on our trip - helpful, polite, generous folks who helped us create the trip of a lifetime. (More on that later - my funk just had to be dealt with first!)
OK, so if you've felt the general discontent that I've fallen into lately, let's get up now and get to it - the "it" being all that we've been putting off! Tomorrow's a new day and with it always is our next, best chance to make a difference - for ourselves and everyone else in our little corner of the world! Whether it's pre-holiday-season calendar-craziness or this danged election - no more! Onward and upward - together we can do anything!
Wishing you a delightful November, with beautifully-colored falling leaves; yummy toddies, cocoas and cookies by the fire; and long walks in quiet woodlands!
Here we are in the last week of January already and I'm just now getting your newsletter off to you! It's funny that I'm struggling with various topics this month because I usually have these written in my head long before I sit down to the computer. This issue, though? Everything seems to be fighting me!
I wanted to come up with a funny story about myself or someone that allows me to do that to them - usually Jim! Today? Still nada! Then, this afternoon while wracking my brain, it hit me: I've just been procrastinating, attending to myriad little projects, catching up on some reading, doing household chores that certainly aren't even exciting. I have my To-Do list on the calendar, dutifully checking things off as they are accomplished or events have passed. So, what's going on here?! Do you recognize my quandary? Being busy is not being productive.
"Time pressure" has never worked for me. I never could cram for a test, always preferring to do the bits and pieces of studying each day so I could be 'ready' anytime a Pop Quiz appeared. I find it stifles creativity, focus and clear thinking to always be worried that Murphy's Law with arrive with some new axiom, because that's just what Life is all about - the unexpected, and I wouldn't have it any other way, would you?
I've always tried to follow the "Rocks and Sand" analogy, working diligently to get the most important things done first, and allowing the sand to fill in the extra air pockets. So, why the procrastination this month, hmmm?
Procrastination can pop up when you least expect it, but there are several basic reasons it does:
• You're just trying to avoid a task - paying the bills, tracking down a solution, dealing with something unpleasant;
• You just can't get motivated, get moving. There seems to be no energy or inertia to kick you softly in the derriere to get started;
• You're not sure how to do what you're supposed to do. You're feeling anxious because of a lack of confidence in your knowledge base of how to approach a given task.
So, what's the solution? Get started, even a 5-minute stint at the project can give you the energy you need to carry you forward. If you're feeling anxious, break the project down into smaller portions; work on what you're most comfortable with first to give you that boost for the next section. Celebrate your completion of small deadlines met and realize you are that much closer to full completion. Finally, remember that any unpleasant task is going to wait for you, and many times gets even more unpleasant as time goes on (the cats' litter boxes?).
Well ... while it was 'fun' to revisit procrastination, I think I've just been suffering from a case of the After Holiday Doldrums or the dreaded January Funk. I love my work, writing my newsletters and sharing ideas on organization and productivity with you. It truly is my passion and joy! So, if you've been experiencing the same sort of malaise, let it go; let the guilt go and befriend procrastination for the problem-solving and thinking it makes you do - and don't give it the power to become Enemy #1.
Here's to all your organizing dreams coming true in 2016!
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