In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Promise of Productivity

I woke up at 4 unable to fall back asleep. I meditated and tried to be still in order to not wake my husband and give sleep another try. After a half hour, I realized it wasn’t going to happen—so I got up. Honestly, I love the early morning solitude before the family awakens so I didn’t try too hard. I ordered some materials for school and replied to emails. Good things, but not house hold chores related which I am severely behind on. My system worked great the first week and I didn’t use it this past week. The chances of a system working if I don’t use them are slim.

I frequently tell myself that I will do specific tasks sometime in the future. My internal motivation has not taken care of it yet so I’m trying out some peer pressure. I realize the odds of someone hunting me down if I say something in my blog and don’t do it are slim, but it adds a sense of accountability and is worth a try.

Below are list of things I want to get done today or this weekend. Wish me luck!!


  • Sweep (and Ideally wash) floor
  • Empty/Load dishwasher
  • Plan for School  Monday and Tuesday
  • Go to Tabata
  • Watch Awake or movie
  • Blog again
  • Talk to my mom
  • Make Stir Fry

I’d like to get done/Would be nice, but may not happen this weekend

  • Clean out car (in DESPERATE need)—-its hard for me to motivate myself to do it when its cold
  • Clean out/switch purses
  • Read more of my book
  • Take Bath
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Go for run
  • Plan for school Wed, Thurs, Friday
  • Draft student report
  • Be social—phone friend, get together with friend/family, schedule future social event

That’s probably plenty for this weekend.  Enjoy your day!


Should vs Have To

I’ve been thinking about what I should do vs what I have to do recently.  The “Have To” tasks are the ones that have a clear deadline or consequences if they aren’t completed.  Garbage comes on Friday morning—if I procrastinate on garbage and put it out Friday afternoon—-no garbage pick up for me.  If I decide not to go to work or not to do a specific work task, it affects how others think of me and my job security.  I usually have found a way to get all of the essential tasks done.  The “Should” tasks are ones that can always be done later or are more of a preference.

Lately,  I’ve been spending more time on the “Should” tasks.  For the longest time, I did all of the required tasks and then if there was time I’d get to the other stuff or spend time procrastinating and not getting any tasks done. Getting to the filing that I am months behind on and spending more time on the self care stuff.   It helps me get rid of some of those nagging feelings of “I wish this was different” or “I really should do that”.   Sometimes it makes the other tasks seem easier or gives me the motivation to complete the other tasks.     It’s taking some of the power away from the “Have To”.  I may need to get it done, but I can spend less time on it.  We have to eat, but it can be a 3 course meal, quick fix, or take out.


As always, it’s a work in progress.   Enjoy your day!

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System Update

I’m liking my new system for routine activities. It’s low tech, but it’s functional. It feels satisfying to transfer a card from “To Do” to “Done”.  In many ways more so than crossing it off a list.  I love the fact that I can take them out and move them around to plan out my day or look at what I’ve accomplished.  The different colors help to see if I’m out of balance in one area.  I can see quickly that I haven’t done any fitness related tasks or that I only have a few chores left to do.

I have a few tasks that I will likely change.   I can probably take out—“Take a shower”.   While it’s sometimes relaxing, its mostly just something that gets done.  I probably don’t need a card to remind me of it either.  I’ll have to think of some other self care item to replace it with.  I’m not sure what though.   It feels like I’ve gone away some of my old interests, but haven’t found new ones to replace it yet.  On the other hand, my fitness goals are fufilling that area as well.  I’ll probably change some of the chores as I figure out who does what with my husband.

I was going to post a picture of my system, but I can’t find the camera.   I better put “Clean Counter” and “Tidy Family Room” higher on my list.   😉

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New System

      I know its been a while.   I wish I could say I spent the time I would have spent blogging on actual cleaning and organization, but that wasn’t the case. I could blame it on work or the kids.  Honestly, I just slacked off.  Time to make an effort and actually get stuff done in the evenings.  It’s said when we tell my daughter that Grandma and Grandpa are coming and her first response is “We have to clean the house”. 

     I’m starting a new system out.   My biggest frustration is trying to get the weekly chores done.  I can handle the dishes and clothes, because at some point necessity sets in and I need to wear clothes and eat off clean dishes.  The cleaning of the bathrooms and floors and general clutter management is what is harder for me to motivate myself to do and feels less satisfying. 

    My new system is to have index cards with different chores/activities written on each card.  When I finnish a task, I can move it from the “To Do”  to the “Done” section.  I have different colors for different types of tasks:  family/friends, fitness, chores, and self.  When the week is done or I finish all of the activities, I can move it back to the “To Do” section.  

       It was fun thinking up the system and thinking of the priorities for each area.  Hopefully it is helpful and I can stick with it.  I have the bad habit of spending more time designing the system rather than actually using it.  I am optimistic about this one though.   The nice thing is it was cheap  to make and easy to adjust as needed as my priorities or habits change. 

Wish me luck! 

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