I’ve been focusing more on what I need to get done for other people. I’ve been helping my husband more with projects. Visiting with him while he works or cleaning up when he is done. At work, I’ve been trying to think of what reports and information I need to get to other team members or families. I’ve also been trying to think through Christmas shopping lists and figure what I have and what I need.
This strategy has helped me to focus on a few tasks at a time rather than several items. It has also helped making me feel less overwhelmed and frustrated when I don’t target all of my personal goals and items.
I’ve discovered a secret towards my productivity. Tiny orange pieces of foam. I keep simple ear plugs in my work bag and pull them out when I want to concentrate. It keeps me from listening to every conversation and getting distracted by every noise. It doesn’t block everything out, but it’s enough to turn a loud conversation into a quiet one and eliminate small noises. I was amazed at how much more work I could get done when they were in.
I do not have an official Bucket List for my life. It seems to far away and complicated what I might want to accomplish and do in the next decades. So many unknowns and possibilities. So I’m starting small. Here is what I would like to do between now and New Years. Realistically, I know I may not get to all of these and I may find new adventures that I didn’t even think of, but it’s a start.
Put up and decorate tree
- Watch Elf
Make ornaments with the girls (purchased ornaments to make)
- Watch other Christmas movie
1 2 3
- See the Holiday Lights
- Take the girls to see Santa
- Bake with the girls 1 2 3
- Wrap presents
1, 2, 3
Drink Eggnog or Tom and Jerry’s
- Try a Spiced Mocha
- Play on the pond/ Ice Skate
Play in the snow
Elf on the Shelf
- Listen to Full Transiberian Orchestra CD
- Listen to Full Candlelight Processional CD
- Nighttime Walk
That’s all I can think of for now. I may add more later.
“As you make your way along life’s tumultuous highways, it’s important to note that you should always carry a map, have plenty of fuel in the tank, and take frequent rest stops. “
I thought this was appropriate during a week of travel. Safe travels!
Music is on. Husband is about to leave. Off to try to clean off the clutter and organize the surfaces. Counters, Tables, and Desk. For me clear surfaces gives me the biggest sense of satisfaction. If there are a few things on it, soon it multiplies and becomes a few hundred tiny things that don’t need to be there. It may be ambitious for one evening, but it’s worth a shot.
Then Friday and Saturday I hope to focus on general cleaning and clutter. Saturday night out with friends and Sunday family comes over. So excited!!
The kids were in bed. Then comes the age-old question—-sleep, productivity, or relax. I’ve been trying to choose either sleep or productivity more often. Relaxing often becomes mindlessly surfing the internet for way too long or watching a show that I recorded and could watch whenever I want. to. Yesterday I choose light productivity with light relaxing (laundry, dishes, and brainless TV). Today I choose sleep. Busy weekend ahead.
I’m trying to be better at throwing away things that I USED to like. Before the stain, before it was broken, when it fit, etc. Even if I once loved it, does it serve a purpose for me NOW. Work in progress.
The house is at a decent baseline. The main areas are tidy, but not spotless. I feel satisfied with the progress I’ve made this weekend.
I have a night out and guests coming next weekend. Such a great mix to motivate me to get stuff done. I’m excited to plan the menu and try to clear off some areas of the house I’ve been avoiding.
I also have a kid free day off tomorrow. I’m hoping to get some errands done and also do some sorting and filing tasks that are better done without distractions. I’m trying to be realistic about what I can accomplish and prioritize what I really want to do without the kids.
Off to get some more basics done–groceries and exercise.
Have a great day!
I am realizing how much time I spend bouncing from task to task. I used my interval timer to help me focus on cleaning. 12 minutes BEEB 12 minutes BEEB. . . .I switched from cleaning the kitchen to cleaning other parts of the main level. The kitchen was the main priority, but I also didn’t want the kitchen to be spotless and the rest of the house to look like a tornado came through.
I learned that staying on task for even 12 minutes was difficult for me. I’d see something else and want to do that quickly. Sometimes because of boredom and sometimes because of a change in priority. I do think the intervals helped me to stick with cleaning longer because it kept me from getting bored or frustrated with how long something was taking.
I have the same tendencies while working out and at my job. I find myself doing 5 different tasks before a short email is written. While working out, I find I can run faster and longer if I change-up the speed rather than keep at a steady average pace.
The key is trying to figure out how much of this is part of my personality and should find ways to fit this style of working and how much is a skill I need to develop with practice.
“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” George Eliot
“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” Jack Dixon