I am a sucker for a new scheme. If you can dress something up, sell it under a different title, or explain it to me a different way, I am going to be eager to dump whatever I had been doing and try it.
This is not helpful. Techniques that I have used with great success in the past somehow fall away and are lost as I rush to try something new.
What are these tried and true techniques?
Using a calendar. It’s okay… I’m laughing at this, too. Yes, folks, using a calendar has been known to help keep people organized. It’s not that I disagree with this; it’s just that I somehow get distracted and forget to carry and check one. I should do this. Calendars are very handy at the whole knowing-where-you-are-supposed-to-be thing. Much better than what Marcia Ramsland calls the “crisis and memory” method, which is what I tend to fall back on.
Keeping do-or-die To Do List close at hand. When I do this, I remember the things and I do them. Again, a no-brainer. Again, something I do sporadically, not regularly.
Following specific set routines. FlyLady saved me from the Pit of Despair ten years ago. Yet, somehow, the whole concept of sticking with set routines has not clicked with me in my personal life. At work, it is different; I am organized and routinized to an admittedly OCD extent. But at home, where I have to create and implement the routines all on my own, they never seem to stick for long. I tend to revamp and rework them too frequently and then give them up altogether.
Following The Rules for my health. I know ’em. But I sure don’t always do them.
I just need to rededicate myself to doing these tried and true things. Put up post-it notes to remind myself to do them. Wear a list of them around my neck. Anything to help make my life easier!
- I’m grateful! that we can afford to go on this trip. I know we did it by scrimping and saving and I am proud of us for our hard work.
- I’m lighter! I have been passing up all kinds of useful free things lately. It is a good feeling to know that “having things in my house that I know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” doesn’t mean I have to have them all.