I have just spent the morning writing lists. I love lists, they are my friend. I have a generally creative approach to life, and I have always been this way. Some might say it is a bit organic, others find it a bit chaotic. My Dad thought I resembled Little Miss Scatterbrain, and I can’t deny he was just a bit right. This is why lists are my friend. They are a constant for my ever racing mind, they record the fleeting thoughts that are inevitably overtaken by something more important or interesting.
I know I have written about my procrastination and organisation abilities before, you can read about it here. But I’ve decided to take my list writing to a new level. I’ve hit a bit of a speed hump, that seems to be turning into a mountain. We still have boxes to be unpacked, the messy room still hasn’t turned into an office, my design for our courtyard has yet to be done, and my Drawn Outdoors business plan still hasn’t been finished. Without a bit of determination and dedication I’m fearing these things will stagnate, hibernate and end up buried under a pile of other well meaning and fantastic new ideas. Even this blog, as much as I love it, has been suffering from my lack of organisation. It is now time to take action.
My little sister (yes the same one that gave me this book) gave me an organisation folder called “Did you remember the milk”. (It has a website, so you can check it out). It has been sitting on the shelf for a while, I pick it up, start implementing some of the ideas, and then it finds a new home on the bookshelf. Don’t get me wrong, the ideas that have been implemented have been embraced and some are still in use and have become habit and routine, but there are many many more that are there ready to be tried, tested and transform. As I turned the pages this morning, I could see my haze of to do lists becoming clearer and more organised. It’s not that I couldn’t have done it myself eventually, but it always helps to have someone holding your hand.
I now have a bit of a plan, some schedules and a direction to head in. Hopefully I won’t forget that the oven needs to be cleaned, and I’ll be ready ahead of time for next years tax return. While I’m very good at writing lists and getting them done, they are generally reactive and relate to the relative here and now. I now have a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual list of things to do. These are the things that could easily be forgotten or put off because they don’t jump up and bite you. I’m being proactive, organised and efficient, actions that don’t come easy but need me to be disciplined.
It is spring, and time for renewal and fresh starts, so I’m shedding my winter coat of procrastination, leaving behind the evil winter illnesses that have plagued us and slowed us down. I’m starting up the steamroller and running down those speed humps, hopefully it’s smooth organised roads ahead. I just need to leave enough room for a bit of dreaming, I want to make sure those roads have some gorgeous street trees, and meander their way through life. No super highways here. While there are the important things that need to be done, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them.
Job number one, time to tackle that messy room!