Happy Monday! I hope you’re well and off to a great start this week!
We had an active weekend – I use “active” on purpose, because we weren’t merely busy, we were doing fun things, running kids to different activities, hanging out at the house, discussing Thanksgiving plans, cooking a slow Sunday supper. It was good – loosely planned, edited as necessary. Way better than busy – in fact, I detest being busy. I enjoy active, though.
I don’t do very well with a rigid list of to-do’s, particularly since I’m a recovering over-scheduler (read: busy work maker) and even after 20+ years in Houston, I do not have a grasp on the reality of the relentless traffic. Every hour is rush hour, here, and somewhere between errands 3 and 4 things go off the rails, timing wise. Still, an outline is necessary, because I have goals, and people who depend on me, and a business to see to – and with any luck at all a book and nap thrown in the mix. Putting it on paper lets me see the things I think are important through a different mental filter, and helps me to prioritize them – or discard them – appropriately.
I was inspired by Janet at The Gardener’s Cottage – she makes a short list of monthly goals, and at the end of the month shares her successes, her take-aways, and her redirects. I think this is very useful, and I plan to copy her beginning this week. Taste of France gave a great explanation of the flow of days in the South of France – I’m copying that, too. Both ideas offer a lot of relief to those of us who tend to make impossible schedules, become frustrated by them, and then abandon all forward motion for weeks at a time, awash in donuts and self-pity.
For this week, I’m focusing on the following :
- eating out of the freezer and pantry until Thanksgiving – no store trips except fruit
- cleaning out /organizing my closet for the change of season (fingers crossed)
- scheduling two doctors appointments
- cleaning out/organizing the garage
- being in bed by 10:00
Nothing earth shattering, to be sure, but all worthwhile, and will be beneficial almost immediately. Nothing like a little instant gratification to stoke the motivation. They are personal, not related to work – work will want its own outline, so I’ll develop that one next. In the meantime, any thoughts you have to share on successful un-scheduling would be most welcome.
With love and optimism –