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!
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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!
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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