Monday!!! – or – the week, on purpose

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 –

Rachael

 

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5 thoughts on “Monday!!! – or – the week, on purpose

  1. I do a flow schedule, based on the cemented things I have going that week and the things I’d like to accomplish. So far, the week’s been good.

    My big thing is to not assume that simply because I have ‘extra time’ today, that this means I should fill it up post haste.

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  2. Homeschooling is killing me, LOL. This whole part-time enrollment in the Classical program is doing the kids a lot of good, but it keeps me stuck in place several hours a day because the rigor is a bit more than the new middle schooler is used to. By the time I’m done helping her, I just need a cuppa.

    However, this post has actually helped me because I can see the value in doing the schooling, the basic cleaning maintenance, and cooking, and zeroing in on a small list of monthly goals so I’m not looking back over my week, fortnight, or month wondering what I did with the time.

    In fact, I think I’ll reblog it as a reminder so I don’t forget over the holiday madness.

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  3. Homeschooling is killing me, LOL. This whole part-time enrollment in the Classical program is doing the kids a lot of good, but it keeps me stuck in place several hours a day because the rigor is a bit more than the new middle schooler is used to. By the time I’m done helping her, I just need a cuppa.

    However, this post has actually helped me because I can see the value in doing the schooling, the basic cleaning maintenance, and cooking, and zeroing in on a small list of monthly goals so I’m not looking back over my week, fortnight, or month wondering what I did with the time.

    In fact, I think I’ll reblog it as a reminder so I don’t forget over the holiday madness.

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  4. I need goals and love this idea; I don’t thrive without any accountability, but I’ll take in the world in a heartbeat and collapse under the strain when I can’t execute it all perfectly. Excellent post & great links – so glad to have found you (Thanks Els!!!)

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