First, I found out that there was an error when I signed up for an e-course and my payment wasn’t processed. So I took a step back and realized that I felt relief at the potential of having that off my radar right now. Then, the weather changed and I was finally able to open windows and sit outside with a cup of coffee in the mornings and just breathe and watch hummingbirds flutter about. And I realized… I am not taking any classes at the moment! This hasn’t happened for so long and it’s a welcome pause. I will begin Life Book 2013 in January, but until then, I have time to CREATE and to catch up on photo editing and scrapbooking.
Finally, I read these words by Aby Garvey of Simplify 101:
When you focus on fewer changes or projects at once,
you’ll be able to invest more of your time, attention and energy
into the project you’re working on. This means you’ll increase
your rate of success. In turn, your success will fuel more
success, giving you the confidence and energy to move on to the
next project, issue or change. As counterintuitive as it may
seem, the fewer things you focus on at once, the faster you’ll
improve all areas of your life.
I have a multi-tiered to-do list and I know some of you do too. There’s the “today” action items, the “this week” list, and several long-term lists. List items frequently move around and get re-prioritized. I strive to do as productivity guru David Allen suggests and process items as they come up if possible, but looking around the house in preparation for having 33 people over for Turkey Day next week (yes, you read that right… gulp), I saw lots of clutter.
Leo Babauta defines clutter as anything that is not in its right place. Yesterday I decided to conquer it all. I filled three huge bags with recycling while my daughter was at preschool (she refuses to throw away anything… even trash) and now every item in her room and playroom has a place it belongs. I also recycled the stacks of back-dated magazines on and under our coffee table. I started at one end of the house and moved anything I came across back to its rightful place.
My daughter’s artwork is either on display, tucked away in a keepsake box, or photographed and recycled. Craft supplies are in the craft closet. The bills are in their “to be paid” file; invitations are in their “upcoming events” folder and on my calendar; things that have been laying around for months are gone. After a large dropoff at a recycle bin, after transferring out-of-season items to the garage, after donating and giving away some toys (sssh!), books, and clothes, and after finally hanging up a few pictures (we’ve lived here a year already… it’s time!), the house is ready for anything.
Empty surfaces help me to exhale and bring me inner calm. Now I can focus on the next project… turkey day decorations!
What’s happening with all of you?