So, are you ready for this series of posts?
To start with, I'm changing the name. See? Hardly started and I'm mixing it up! I'm going to call these Monday Posts "Simply Living". I like it much better. Here's why … it is all about living Life to the fullest and learning simple ways to accomplish the things that are important to us, whether it is work or play. All too often I hear myself and others saying, "I just don't have time to do *this-or-that*!" Keeping up with Life is a huge job! Some of us work in a career full-time, some of us work part-time, and some of us don't work outside the home at all. Some of us enjoy all the aspects of Life: building relationship, cleaning, organizing, baking, volunteering, building a career, decorating, sewing, yard work, doing laundry –Sorry, but who REALLY enjoys laundry?! –on and on the list could go. Some of us prefer to let others do some –if not, ALL—of those things for us! In addition to all the 'chores' that fill our lives, there are the "FUN" things that we'd love to be able to do … like scrapbooking, hiking, scrapbooking, going to the beach, scrapbooking … Yeah, I know you're trackin' with me now! The fact is that there is only so much we can do in a day's time and only so much of ourselves that we can give, but it seems that we are often stretched beyond our limits.
This is the position I found myself in a few years ago as a young mom of three young kids and wanting to have more time to have fun. I had heard from somewhere that 80% of our stresses come from lack of organization so I knew that what I needed was a system to make Life work better. I was influenced by Emilie Barnes' More Hours in my Day book and Donna Otto's Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time. I read them knowing that I was reading practical material that applied to me. I also read other time management and home organization books, then created somewhat of a skeleton plan that can be adapted to any home I live in, any age children that I have, and any extra-curricular activities that I want to be involved in.
What I hope to share with you over the next few weeks is that skeleton plan that you can adapt to your own life. I hope to give you tips and tricks to help you determine what is important to you and to plan it out day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. You can add the muscles and flesh to the skeleton in the way that best suits YOUR Life. I'll also talk about more detailed things like how to handle the Deluge of Mail, how to prepare for house guests or dinner guests without losing your mind, how to choose and use a calendar system (digital or paper), a home filing system.
CONFESSION: It has been a few years since I developed my original system! That said, it would follow that I will be updating my own stuff as I share here with you! I thought of doing all the updating before I told you about it at all, but I decided to 'live in the moment', 'get back to basics', and update as I go. I might regret that decision!
CONFESSION: I am not a professional organizer. I am not a professional manager. I am not a professional ANYTHING! I'm simply a fellow-traveler on the road of Life and this stuff is just stuff that you might find helpful. If you don't find it so, that's OK. I don't hold grudges too long. ;)
I'll have another post out later this evening with some practical applications that you can start on THIS WEEK … should you choose to accept this mission. ;)