As if I even had a choice in the matter... From the time I was very young I would rifle through my bedroom and organize all my pencils and stuffed animals and basically anything that sat still. I am sure it bothered my sister when we shared a room for those few years.
But hey.. My side of the room was clean! Well organized and....
Ok, it wasn't clean when I was very little... And I know.. there is proof out there! So let me just throw myself under that bus!
In my defense... that is my sister standing over me... that threw all those toys out of my toybox!!! I am sure if I could have formed actually plea's in an understandable fashion you would have heard me begging for all the toys to go back inside in an orderly fashion! (yes, I organized my toy box!!!)
But back to organizing... actually more along the lines of list making and productivity.... It will come as a shock to you that I am totally not organized.
Nope, I am not!
I used to be!
And I used to look at everyone that asked me how I did it and shrug my shoulders and oddly exclaim, "How do you not?"
I often wondered, how they got anything done without having a daily list, set with a monthly list, and a quarterly list, and a yearly list, and short term goal list with a long term goal list.
Yep, I was one of THOSE people!!!!!
I was once called Martha Stewart by a dear friend. She said it before Martha went to jail.. I took it as a compliment, just like it was intended.
So I basically lived my whole life, well organized and list oriented.
So what happened?
I got married to my now awesome Hubby and one day he told me (years in to the relationship) that he didn't like the fact that I lived off of lists all the time.
So, when we moved up here and I retired... I thought I would honor him and not keep lists. In fact, I woke up and made his lunch and breakfast... and then when he left for work I sat down and figured out what I should do for the day.
I was always busy. Working on real jobs and projects and keeping myself full of things to do.
But .... Was I working at my full potential?
Not one bit!
Did I notice it was because I wasn't keeping detailed lists?
Not one bit!
Did I notice I was falling farther behind in life?
Not one bit!
Do you want me to stop...????
Hahahaha... I was sinking and I didn't even know it. I couldn't see it. It was a slow and gradual sink. I would do chores as they came up. Laundry when the basket was full. Make yogurt when the other stuff was used up. Vacuum when the floor was dirty. Shake the mats when they looked like they needed it.
In short.... I was letting the chores dictate my time. And not me dictate when I was going to do them. They were totally controlling me!!!!!
I would walk through the living room and see the carpet and think... Great! I need to vacuum again. Didn't I just do that? When was the last time I vacuumed? And I would walk right through the living room and out the door to tend to the present chore I was doing. Missing the fact that I just had that same vacuum conversation with myself for 5 days... and I needed to actually vacuum!!!
Each time ended with ... I'll do it tomorrow!
Chores were getting hard to keep up with. A simple wipe of the counter was now a scrub and clean hour long event.
So I sat down and with determination decided that I was the boss of the vacuum cleaner and sponges and it was time I took the reigns!
I grabbed paper and pens and for an entire day I stared at the paper with the pen in my hand... asking myself... What do I need to do and when do I actually need to do it?
How often do I need to vacuum???? Do the laundry???? Wash the sheets??
I must admit.. I was totally and utterly lost.. and it brought back the moments of people looking at me and asking.. How I could be so organized?
It was just something I did.. I never actually 'knew' how I did it!
Hubby walks in and see's me frustrated... I admitted my errors of not keeping the lists going and after 3 years I was sinking. I wasn't the wonder woman that he truly thought I was. I exclaimed I was common ... so low I didn't even know how to start the list... I held up the empty sheets of paper and thrust my head to the table.....
"I have failed you... I am sinking!!! The bathtub needs to be cleaned and I don't even remember the last time I cleaned it!!!!!!"
Hubby is used to me being overly dramatic. He also calls me 'his constant entertainment!" still after 8 years not sure if that is a good thing... or a bad thing? I'll take it as a good thing.
We get into a long calming conversation about how this appears to be something that God want's me to go through. And probably something that I am supposed to share with others along the way. Since so many people always asked me how I did it... and frankly... I have no clue!!!
This is evident by the blank paper that sat in front of me for 2 days now!!!
I knew I had a dayplanner... So I grabbed it from the studio and started to go through it.
Quickly realized that 4 years ago, my eyes were in much better shape then they are now! (40's bite when it comes to the eyes...) I also realized that my world now.. could never fit inside those tiny squares....
|Oh my I still understand this code!!!!|
And it dawned on me.. I kept my actual to-do lists on line.
|I have no clue why I wrote this.. and under this date even.... Hmmmmm|
And that is when the techie in me came out.... I took my phone and each night after my chores curled up with hubby and while he read.. I searched and downloaded app after app of todo lists.. I would input a few items and check them out...
Ease of use...
Reminders not too annoying.
Motivating to use...
and the final one... Free!!!!
I finally found one... that seemed to work wonders.. and after much research it appears to be the winner with most others as well. In fact, it won #1 in several polls that were conducted.
I must admit, I downloaded it and tried to use it and then deleted it saying that it was to complicated. Then I watched a video.. and after seeing that.. and the other apps... I realized it was the winner. With others.. and with me.
Wunderlist it was!
You can watch the video here...
Now for now.. I am getting myself organized. I'll write more down when I have it all figured out.. but right now..... I am just trying to figure out when and how often I need to do certain things... before they scream they need to be done! This way... I am ahead of the game and never have to waste a thought that I need to do them!
That makes sense right????