It may be spring in the air, but my desire to organize is high. Not only to organize my surroundings, but also my life, my goals and my heart. It's cleaning time!
So much of my problem comes from having no plan. Too much of my time is aimless, and I am so easily distracted. Sometimes I think of myself as a procrastinator, but it's more of a wandering waywardness that grips me.
I have bought a couple of new things to help me to head where I want to be: a dry-erase board, a timer and Organized Simplicity.
The dry-erase board is my place to write it all down. It is hung where I can see it everytime I come downstairs to my shop. My shop--where the computer resides--is a huge time waster for me. Have you ever noticed that what seems like 15 minutes on the computer is actually 30-45 minutes? It's too easy to get caught up in blog and website hopping. My board will be my guide to accomplishing more. What's written on it is what I will do. Lists lead me. When something is jogging around in my head, it stays there. Write it down, it gets done.
The timer is going to help with the computer time waste. When I am done working I will set it for a reasonable amount of "downtime" and I will walk away when it buzzes. This is going to take some self-control on my part, but I hope it becomes habit after a while. They say it takes 3 weeks for a habit to become your normal mode.....let's see....:)
Organized Simplicity's tagline is The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. Right now my life feels a bit stagnant and unmoving. Not bad as in depression, but rather wayward. I want more. I want closer relationships with my kids, more time with friends, better creative time, time to give some of myself to others who need it and a more consistent quiet time in my Bible. Really, the Bible goal comes first and it informs the other items on the list. I need to start from square one, right?
Time is a commidity that you can never buy more of. Sure wish that was different! I have 24 hours to do the things that are important and necessary, and all I have to do is stop wasting hours and minutes. Not an easy goal, but a do-able one.
I can do this.
What about you? What are your time wasters? How do you tackle them?
***Tomorrow's Recipe Box Swap is Main Dishes. Hope you join in the fun!