In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Little Bit of Everything

Had a lovely weekend.  Did a little bit of everything.   Nothing in-depth, but made progress.  We did most cleaning tasks.  Did anything sparkle, no–but we got the first layer of dirt off the whole house.

I love those magazine articles that breaks up a goal into a list of possible tasks that fit into the time span.  If you have 15 minutes, wipe off the counters, sinks and toilet.  If you have a half hour, add the mirrors and floor.  If you have an hour, add the tub and shower.  I’ve seen a similar list for cleaning, fitness, and stress relief.  Unfortunately, I didn’t save those or remember where I saw it.

I’ve been trying to do more of those mini tasks.   If I can’t see a friend in person, call them on the phone.  If I don’t have time to the gym, do push ups and abs.  It helps with time management and balance.   It also helps with the inertia of getting off of my butt.  It’s a lot easier for me to motivate myself to do 10 minutes than a full hour.  Every once in a while, I  will finish the mini task and keep going.

Now to plan for my week.  I have a busy week followed by a mellow week.  I have to find that balance of setting realistic expectations, but also not using my busy week of work as an excuse to ignore everything else.  Wish me luck.

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Finding the Spark

I find that if one area of my life is going well.  The rest follows suit.  It’s just finding that initial ‘spark’ to get it going.  I’ve felt like I’ve been dragging the past few weeks.   I got tasks done, but not that many and it felt like I was in auto pilot.

This past week I’ve had more joy and sense of purpose. We got the house cleaned for the visitors on Saterday and had a good visit with them.  The cleaning tasks seemed to take less time than I remembered.  I’ve been using my weekly task system more to see what I’ve gotten done.  I tend to use it to check in mid week and at the end of the week to see where I’m at and what areas I’m behind in (fitness, organization, me time, etc).  I feel like I have more of a plan as far as what I’m doing with daycare, days off, and projects.

Now to figure out how to maintain this energy and how I found it in the first place.  Is this week less stressful or did I just have a better outlook?  Was my life more in balance?  Who knows.  Probably a combination of all of those and a few more I haven’t figured out.  Good luck finding or maintaining your spark.

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What motivates me?

I had read the question “What motivates you?” somewhere and it had been stuck in my head for the past few days. I know that for kids who are struggling or people who are reaching a goal this is an important question. Thinking about it at first, I had no idea what my answer would be. As I thought about it more I realized that my main motivators were social interaction and deadlines.

I do much better getting tasks done when there is an official deadline. I know it’s coming, I plan ahead and I rarely miss deadlines. If I do, it bugs me significantly. Tasks that are equally important don’t get done because there is not a clear “due date”. Unfortunately, I’m not great at setting my own deadlines. I tend to view my deadlines as soft and flexible and other people’s deadlines as official.

The social aspect acts sometimes as a deadline. People are coming over so I should clean the house. The other aspect is if I have something social planned or completed I’m more willing to put in the time to do the less favored tasks like cleaning. Last night, I felt extremely lazy and down, but wanted to accomplish something. I called my cousin and chatted on the phone with her and then completed a few small tasks immediately after that.

Now how to incorporate these and find ways for them to help me accomplish what I want. Any ideas?

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Chore Wars

Not sure I’m going to embark on this journey—but I thought the concept was cool. Gain experience points for doing chores.

You pick the character and assign point values to chores. Then all of the members of your team compete and complete missions and level up. Cool idea. Maybe it will help someone. If anyone has tried it, let me know.

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Fatigue

I have been tired and busy with work lately. So I have focused mainly on getting work stuff done and relaxing to refresh so I can do it again the next day.

Part of me says it is good to take care of myself and not push myself too hard. The other part of me said if I use the excuse I’m tired or I’m busy—-I will never clean or exercise.

On a positive note, I did have a successful cleaning burst. Was my house beautiful when my neighbor came over? No, but we could use the kitchen, it was sanitary, and it was WAY better than I likely would have done without that motivation.

My current goal is to focus on active recovery. If I do a lot of school work, spending time doing a brainless cleaning task or playing with my girls before I decide to flop on the couch.

On a side note, I started a new blog. SLPreflections.wordpress.com I am using it to write ideas and progress on my career as an SLP.

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Dream of a Cleaning Burst

I am getting together with my neighbor later today and my house is caos. Junk is everywhere. I’m not sure if we are meeting at our house or hers. I’m hoping for a successful cleaning burst so I have a fresh start on the house and can have her over if need be. Wish me luck. If I succeed it will mean that I did more cleaning in a day than I have done most weeks.

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Weekend in Review

I had a nice weekend overall.   I completed most of my prioritized goals and a few secondary goals.  I also went for a walk around the pond, had a sun nap, and made a grocery list.  Did I conquer the world or motivate millions? No, but I did what I set to do and had a nice balance of activities.  I think a lot of setting goals and making progress is being realistic.   Could I have accomplished more and set higher goals? Yes.  But success breeds success.  I’m learning that at least for me…It’s better to meet or exceed a few goals than reach high and miss larger goals. 

I started the second round of my new system.  I took out all of the cards and sorted the ones I completed this weekend into the DONE pile and put all of the other tasks in the To Do.  I thought of one card I wanted to add.  Drink Tea.   It is calorie free, has many different flavors, and has less caffeine than coffee.  There is a relaxing process that comes with making and drinking it that I don’t find with coffee.  It also gives me a little task that  I complete when my motivation and mood is low.  If I can cross one thing off my list, it motivates me to do more. 

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Weekend in Review

I had a nice weekend overall.   I completed most of my prioritized goals and a few secondary goals.  I also went for a walk around the pond, had a sun nap, and made a grocery list.  Did I conquer the world or motivate millions? No, but I did what I set to do and had a nice balance of activities.  I think a lot of setting goals and making progress is being realistic.   Could I have accomplished more and set higher goals? Yes.  But success breeds success.  I’m learning that at least for me…It’s better to meet or exceed a few goals than reach high and miss larger goals. 

I started the second round of my new system.  I took out all of the cards and sorted the ones I completed this weekend into the DONE pile and put all of the other tasks in the To Do.  I thought of one card I wanted to add.  Drink Tea.   It is calorie free, has many different flavors, and has less caffeine than coffee.  There is a relaxing process that comes with making and drinking it that I don’t find with coffee.  It also gives me a little task that  I complete when my motivation and mood is low.  If I can cross one thing off my list, it motivates me to do more. 

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