In Pursuit of an Organized Life

. . . putting life in order

Realistic Goals

August is approaching fast. I want to enjoy and productively use the month as best I can. I also realize that I will not be able to reorganize my whole house, get into Olympic shape, and teach my daugther how to read in a month. I want to have priorities and get stuff done, but I also don’t want to feel under pressure or feel discouraged if I don’t get some of the tasks done. In the past, I’ve had lofty goals and only got a few done. Often I wasted away about 75% of the time and then crammed a few tasks in the last few days before the deadline.

It’s trying to find the balance between setting goals and getting priorities done and let the days and events flow as they may. I love the quote that I read on the health and fashion blog “The Skinny Confidential”     http://theskinnyconfidential.com/   “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”   I love the open endedness of it and its a good yet simple way to guide a decision.

My plan is to do a brain dump and write down all of the ideas of things I want to do before the end of summer. Then go through and highlight the top priorities. I’ll have to decide if I want to focus on one or two areas of my life and really see progress or try to do a little bit of everything. I’ll let you know what I decide later.

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Why does it matter?

       This weekend I read two articles about the reasons and motivation for certain behavior.  I wasn’t seeking either out, but I think the timing was good on both of them.   I must not be the only one affected with variable motivation.  The reason I like both was it made me think about priorities.  If I can’t think of a good reason of why I’m doing something,  I’m probably not likely to stick with that goal.

       The first one was related to the instant benefits of exercise.  Instead of focusing on the long term gains of weight loss or being able to accomplish some athletic feat, focus on how it impacts today.  The ones that I think I appreciated most was the stress relief, more patience with kids,  and more energy. 

        The other article focused on the Why of Clutter.  It talked about how clutter impacts stress and also how clutter can be related to not dealing with problems or not knowing yourself.  I didn’t agree with all of the points in the article, but I could appreciate how much time could be devoted to dealing with the effects of clutter (losing things, etc) and how you have to prioritize to be organized in your house (and mind).

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Why does it matter?

       This weekend I read two articles about the reasons and motivation for certain behavior.  I wasn’t seeking either out, but I think the timing was good on both of them.   I must not be the only one affected with variable motivation.  The reason I like both was it made me think about priorities.  If I can’t think of a good reason of why I’m doing something,  I’m probably not likely to stick with that goal.

       The first one was related to the instant benefits of exercise.  Instead of focusing on the long term gains of weight loss or being able to accomplish some athletic feat, focus on how it impacts today.  The ones that I think I appreciated most was the stress relief, more patience with kids,  and more energy. 

        The other article focused on the Why of Clutter.  It talked about how clutter impacts stress and also how clutter can be related to not dealing with problems or not knowing yourself.  I didn’t agree with all of the points in the article, but I could appreciate how much time could be devoted to dealing with the effects of clutter (losing things, etc) and how you have to prioritize to be organized in your house (and mind).

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Tasks I avoid

I find there are certain tasks that I avoid. Filing is one of them. However, I did sort and file all of the papers in the “to be filed folder”. It went pretty quick. I found out some things that I thought my husband wanted to keep that I don’t need to. We need to seriously sort through the filing cabinet, but at least its contained.

I’ve been avoiding handwashing dishes. They are still in the sink. And will probably stay there. Part of me says just go get it done. The other part of me says I’ve had a long day I’m better off getting sleep. I probably would have been better off getting it done and not blogging, but what is the fun in that 🙂 There is always an excuse.

Lately, I’ve been better at not avoiding emptying the dishwasher. I’ve been inconsistent with avoiding putting away clothes after they are folded. I’ll go through bursts where I put them away right away.

The key is not letting the amount of time I dread doing the task be longer than the time it would take to get done. Either be okay with not doing it or get it done.

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Update

Here is an update.  My blogging has gone down considerably in the past few months.  Hopefully I can change that.    Here are random thoughts about my cleaning/organizing progress recently

  • Cleaning counters and vaccuming more
  • Cleaning bathrooms less
  • Busy organizing and cleaning at work
  • Getting better at doing small bursts of projects (I may not have the time/motivation to wash the whole kitchen floor, but  I will spot clean
  • Still using the filing system for papers—but have yet to file or sort through things that have been placed in there
  • ALMOST done unpacking from the latest trip
  • Enjoying the sunshine and being able to go outside more in the summer
  • Still liking my weekly tasks organizer–almost completed all of them this week (here’s hoping)

Have a great weekend!

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