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Getting Un-Organised

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It seems being too organised was actually getting in the way of my doing stuff. I’d plot out what I wanted to do for the week and then split up tasks by day. Wednesday I would have task C to do and Thursday I would have task D to do. For some reason or other I would end up not doing C on Wednesday and then I couldn’t do D on Thursday because I hadn’t done C and the whole plan would end up in a heap. And…I wouldn’t do things even if I had the time and the energy because they were scheduled for another day.

So this week I stopped organising at the list of things to do for the week. I just left it at that and am just slowly working my way through the list, looking at the list when I have motivation to do something and picking something that appeals. It seems to be working as I am quickly ticking things off the list. Though in order to stay focused I have had to start a second list of ‘things I think of that I should do but don’t want to do because it would distract me from finishing the list’. I figure the second list can be the start of next week’s list.

So far this week, I finally fixed a bag I made some time ago where the seams were starting to fray, and I made this cushion from a piece of patchwork that I made so long ago that I forgot what I was meant to be doing with it.

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I started getting organised for Christmas, wrapping presents for everyone I am done shopping for.

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I even managed to go out and get some gardening done, though that might be more to do with the fact that I gave myself a specific gardening task rather than just adding ‘garden’ to my daily list.

And…a few days ago I went to the acrylic painting class I booked myself into back in September. A pretty impressive effort if I might say so for my first attempt, though the class was very good and I don’t think that anyone’s painting looked hideously bad.

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Now, off to make myself some lunch and then pin a quilt for quilting this afternoon.

 

 

 

Where does the time go?

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I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post. However, I never got round to doing much last weekend because a combination of hay fever and caffeine withdrawal kept me lying on the couch in the air-conditioning for most of the weekend.

I have actually been very productive the last couple of days. I did myself a really thorough list. You know the honest kind, where you actually list every little thing you need to do including cleaning the bathroom and shaving your legs. I find if I do that, really list everything, I’m actually more realistic about what I can get done, and I do more. Having lists and plans for accomplishing your goals is all well and good but there are other things to be done too, stuff that keeps your life running smoothly and you need to factor those into your plans. Not to mention planning some down time, space where you can just relax and do nothing, at least for a small amount of time.

So…how am I going on my goals:

100 places I’ve never been before – finished

Quilt blocks made into things – almost done with making things into tops.

Healthy BMI – struggling

Novel – just hit 16,000 words

Loads of stuff left to do, and nowhere near enough time to do it in, but it doesn’t really bother me at the moment. I’m not sure why, I’ve kind of mellowed about the whole thing. I think setting myself some fairly hefty goals has taught me a lot about accepting imperfection in myself, and there were some lessons there that I really needed to learn. Now I just need to learn the lesson about not mowing the lawn without wearing sunscreen and I’ll be right for a while. For now, I am going to take my sun burn away to a cool room where I can spend the rest of the day reading a book and pretending it’s not 35C outside.