Friday, February 5, 2010

I'll add that to my list...

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This week I've been feeling a bit off. I'm not really sure what it is. I feel a bit stressed out for no apparent reason.

I was expecting to have a hard time adjusting to this new downtime I thought I would have. After a year of wedding planning, then the wedding, the holidays and finally our honeymoon I thought I would feel sort of let down. I find this blog is like post-wedding/honeymoon therapy as it lets me re-live the events each time I post about them. Its made for a much easier transition.

I thought after all of it was over I might be bored. That is not the case. As a chronic list writer I planned ahead for things I wanted to get done (that I would finally have the time to do) and here I am... neck deep in to do lists that aren't getting crossed off fast enough.

I really want to get organized so I've been following this book called "One Year to an Organized Life" by Regina Leeds. Basically, you tackle one thing a week for a year to get organzied. I'm actually really enjoying it. Some of you out there will think I'm already organized. I call this selective organization. It means I was extremely organized for the wedding but cannot necessarily find the blue jacket I wanted to wear tonight. I might have an excel spreadsheet of my budget but I can't find my baking pans.


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I have a million little projects on my to do list. Things like putting a photo album together for the wedding and everything that went along with it. Don't even get me started on the boxes of pictures I have sitting in the spare room. I need to get brushed up on my grammar (my apologies, I have no idea what to do with commas). I'd love to build a better blog to separate my posts into categories, I suppose what I want is a website. I think I have an etsy shop in the works. Any ideas on a name for a vintage shoppe? I have to do something with all these estate sale finds. I still have to create, print and write my wedding thank you cards.

I've been so busy planning that I just stopped doing. They aren't even things that are really pressing. I just have this sudden urge to get all my projects done and all my ducks in a row.

Ah, I feel better already. Sometimes I need to just take a step back and breathe before I jump in again.

What do you do to get motivated? How do you keep organized?

15 comments:

  1. oh gosh, I'm soooo DIS-organised and I hate it! I'll take a look at that book. I can entirely relate to the feeling of being all planning but no action - I think that's what gets me into trouble - my nasty trait of being queen of good intentions but lame at carrying them out.

    New look blog looks great by the way! xxx

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  2. My best motivation was having the stroke. I didn't want to leave unfinished messes for my girls. Almost 4 years post stroke--it is gaining on me again. I really don't think I want to have another stroke, just to get organized! :) Seriously, I think you are already about 100 steps ahead of me!

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  3. Oh I've been working on organizing photos for a few years now, working on it slowly, I keep telling myself to work on it an hour or two a day and it will get done. Still working on it. Like you, I've started to list things I want to get done on a daily basis.

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  4. I love to be organized but it can be a fault at times. I admit I may be a little (or a lot) OCD and definitely anal at times but with a full time job and twins..well, I've learned I have to let go sometimes but organization begets organization. Once I have an area cleaned up and organized like our closets and cupboards I find it easier to keep them organized and generally it spreads to other areas of the house and life. Then I get sick or super busy and I fall back. That used to bother me but not so much anymore. Life's too short to sweat the small stuff. I have a list too of things I'd like to get done. Right now I'm panicking that I won't accomplish what I want before spring arrives and the gardens call but as long as I'm accomplishing something I now realize that's all that matters.

    Be well ~Andrea~

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  5. I'm organized in some ways, but totally disorganized in most others... so not the person to give advice.

    You moved things around in your blog...? :)

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  6. Oh I'm right there with ya. To a normal person I get a lot done. I blog and go to the gym and keep up a house and craft etc... But if you only knew the projects that I have going on and the lists of things I want to do. I never feel on top of anything. I need to focus and have some follow through. Nice to know I'm not alone. Maybe I need that book!

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  7. Dude I am so a selective organizer. My checking account is TO THE PENNY all the time, and I can tell you exactly what assignments my Child has due, but I can NEVER find my scissors. Ever.

    Like the new layout, very...

    Um, organized! :) hahaha

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  8. My ability to be motivated and organized comes and goes. Right now I am not sure where it went. So I understand what you are saying but I think you are much more organized than I ever thought of being. I hope you find a good place to settle.

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  9. I love this post. I feel like this a lot of the time. If you get any good ideas let me know. Can't wait to see how you restructure your site - great idea.

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  10. I remember feeling that way after having my baby, feeling like i couldn't get enough done, and I needed it all done now...I think I started with thank you notes, that felt good cause I needed people to know I cared first and foremost and then I started on the personal things...but all in all it will never all get done at once, ya know! As for a shoppe name...Spontaneous Vintage! :) atleast you know it won't be taken~

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  11. How do I keep organized...well asking a Virgo that is like asking how I keep breathing. ;-) Lol. But seriously, I like to make lists, and excel sheets much like you do. Then I pick a task and set to it. So I would pick one thing you want to do and get it done. Then the rest will follow. What motivates me is knowing I got something accomplished.

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  12. Oh, I don't even print photos anymore! Considering that I take an average of 300 photos a week, image the mess that would be! Don't worry, I'm probably way more disorganized than you are! Hope that makes you feel better:)

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  13. Sorry about the deleted comment above, but I also have had issues with organization. I was writing way too much for a comment, so you gave me an idea for a post.
    YOU are THE most organized person! You'll get into your groove!!!

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  14. I am a librarian by training and VERY organized in my professional world. But there is a 5 gallon crock in my living room filled with photos that I am going to sort and make scrapbooks for ... someday......

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  15. I'm not organized any more. It's a sad sad state of affairs here. I used to be so put together. But 3 tasmanian devils live in this house now. Why do they all hate organization? Why?

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