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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!
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!)
Think ahead and plan for upcoming events. Give them importance by noting the various steps on your calendar. Then, no missing them by only relying on your memory! Happy Spring to one and all!
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