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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Well, it's February! Did you miss me last month? I feel very guilty in not keeping my promise to you about sending fun ideas and stories about organizing each month but Murphy and his danged law got in my way! I am recuperating from surgery for a detached retina and that's very time consuming, with so many rules to live with that will, hopefully, ensure full healing and future health for my left eye.
So, how are your New Year's Resolutions coming along? Are they defunct already? Still struggling to be accountable for promises you made to yourself about a month ago? Don't beat yourself up one way or the other - all this is very common! In all reality, though, being successful in meeting those personal goals is more a matter of habit than anything else, and most certainly not Will Power.
I'm only supposed to have my chin off my chest, head very down, for about ten minutes each hour - very restrictive, right? So, even the mere act of checking email can be daunting, and composing a newsletter takes way more time than my allotment per hour allows - hence ... WAY behind in any number of things! Procrastination is one thing, but avoidance due to medical/physical roadblocks is quite another. Luckily I have a wonderful husband, friends and neighbors that are helping tremendously, too!
Certain habits I use to get things done are really helping me keep on task with the bulk of what needs to be done. My To-Do List is a great catalyst for that impetus and I rely on it a lot - especially when it seems my brain isn't working very well just because my eyesight is compromised. Let me share, please:
1. As I turn the calendar each month, I forward certain items to the blank space in the new month, such as when to trim the cats' nails; reminder to water the plants; note the birthdays for the month.
2. Certain items for my company are also noted: when the Quick Tips and newsletter are to be out; updates to the website; what marketing I will aim for.
3. I check our bank statement each day for fraud since we use our debit cards a lot.
4. At least once a week I 'clean' my Outlook and Yahoo account inboxes, sent files, deleted emails, usually on a Friday afternoon when I'm trying to 'unhinge' for the weekend,
I had added some new items to my list (a daily walk; getting to the "Y" at least three times a week for our yoga/Pilates classes) which have had to be put on hold for the timebeing, but will be resurrected once I'm allowed to be my 'regular' self again.
Do I remember to do these things all the time? Of course not! But, with items noted on the calendar as a reminder and sharing with friends (accountability!), I do have that push toward personal responsibility.
Folks will put off their resolutions for any number of reasons: fear of change; lack of knowledge as to 'the how' of something; perfectionism; true lack of motivation. If you don't know the 'Why' and can't see the inherent rewards, you may be thinking, "Why bother?" In this case, maybe letting that resolution go is the proper thing to do. I mean, none of us needs to heap more guilt upon ourselves, right? OR ... could it be that you just haven't found the WAY to your motivation?
Is your goal just too big, too immense for proper implementation? Then break it down into smaller pieces and attack those smaller goals. Need certain skills for your desired project? Get to learning! Ultimately, you'll be at your Finish Line, savoring and enjoying the success of a job well done, with the help of the wonderful habits you've been able to instill over time! Just a bit at a time; work on each small step each day; set a timer for an alloted period of time; always reward yourself for every success, no matter how small. Find what works for YOU because, after all, this IS all about YOU! Hooray!
Here's to being the YOU you want to be this year!
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