Happy Spring! Less than a week now until your taxes are due (unless you filed an extension), so hopefully the last issue of this newsletter helped you get it all in order. As promised, this time around we're going to address the filing chaos of your inbox.
Ah, yes ... how many inboxes have I seen with way too many messages in them.... It's actually quite sad, because how can you possibly keep up when they are just piling on top of one another?! I think that's one reason people are so attentive to texts they receive: answer and go, even at the loss of your own time, intention, efficiency and even common courtesy.
Are you aware that 269 billion emails are sent each and every day? You aren't receiving quite that many, all by your lil' ol' self, but it can most certainly feel like that, right? Let's take a quick look at some do's and don't's that will help you clean up your inbox and take control - from here on out. Let's take a quick refresher on Inbox Hygiene:
All the best to you as we close out the first month of the new year already! Wow - where does the time go, right?!
As we're about a month out from the next National Day of Unplugging on March 1-2 (don't worry - I'll bug you soon enough about that), I am seeing article after article about having real connections and not pseudo-connections via your phone, tablet or any other media 'touch.' I get slammed all the time by friends and family alike for refusing to join Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or even to carry a cell phone with me 24 hours a day. I even removed SOS from LinkedIn when I did the research and found that for the time involved in 'following,' I wasn't receiving enough in return. This is my bid for civil disobedience and I'm sticking with it!
Am I sounding like a broken record here? My apologies, but ... not really! The bid for multi-tasking, 'keeping in touch' or being 'more productive' (wrong!) are depriving you of allowing your prefrontal cortex to work at its best and highest. Challenges to this executive function area of your brain then lead to visual, auditory and hippocampal lapses - splitting your attention constantly can only lead to mistakes - and the science is IN! (The next block has reading info.)
Every time your focus is interrupted, it needs to refocus, to be reset, which can cause you to lose at least a half hour of efficient work. No one can focus that intently with all the digital distractions coming at us to keep the frailties of inattention at bay. So, other than multi-tasking issues, what else are we losing by loving our technology, almost to the extent of it replacing human connections?
Are you aware of how many people take their phones to the bathroom with them? (ICK!) How about taking them to bed, 'blue light' last thing at night/first thing in the morning? SO unhealthy! Tech wizards are experts at getting you to love the soft touch of your smooth glass screens, obliging you to swipe up or down, tap or click, 'friend' or 'like' and everyone's falling for it. Who's really the boss here? You, or your digital toys? Software is made to deliberately urge you back to your smart phones and tablets, so you need to think critically about where you're clicking and the consequences - in lost time, if not your humanity.
So, along with my penchant for helping you find efficiency and productivity, along with right-sizing all your stuff via various organizing methods, remember to control ALL the stuff of your life - digital and otherwise. Now that Marie Kondo, "KonMari Method," has her own Netflix show, you can digitize even this 24 hours a day, on various machinery. Keep in mind, however, that along with removing the stuff you are not sparked with joy for, it might prove just as beneficial to tidy up your digital life, too, and take back your time from all things that plug in!
Meanwhile, I'm off to have tea, face to face, with a charming neighbor! Wishing you peace through less!
Do you think you're busy enough, just these few days before Christmas and the end of this year? Looking for yet another hour or two in each day? And yet ... why should you be surprised that such additional time just doesn't exist, right? Is it Hope, or searching for that elusive Miracle? Hmmm... I keep looking for it, so I'm sure you do, too.
In the interest of not taking much of your time, I'm just going to 'bullet' a few thoughts that just seem to be 'in my face' constantly, OK? Here we go:
I've decided to carry on for yet another year with SOS, and will try to do better about my newsletter schedule in 2019. No promises, though! HA! I love helping my disorganized friends with their time, their stuff and managing their lives, so onward we go!
Here's to a happy, healthy and safe 2019 to you and yours!
Take the time to 'unsubscribe' and then send an inbox message to 'junk.' Don't just 'delete' - it will keep coming back!
Deal with it NOW, then you don't have to keep dealing with it LATER!
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!
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