Caution: people at work

Yes, it’s been a busy day at our house.  Pretty much from the time we got up, we have been hard at work.  Well, as hard as you can work if you are not feeling well (Lori) and if you can’t breathe and have a sore throat (Quinland).  We’ve plugged away, regardless.

The first item on the list today was eBay prep.  As part of our mission to get rid of everything we no longer need, we have plans to post a bunch of stuff to eBay just in time for the holiday shopping rush.  Or so we hope… we shall see.  Today was the day we sorted and took pictures and started listing stuff.  If you are in need of a giant velcro display board or a rare Korn t-shirt (never worn!) or extra-long left-handed golf clubs or a 1979 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Christie Brinkley on the cover, just let me know.

Looking much better!

Next up, for me at least, was making more progress on my Mind Organization for Moms system set-up.  I moved a set of “cubbies” (a paper sorter) from the craft room to my desk, as well as bringing a  small file holder up from downstairs.  I haven’t set either of those up yet;  I need to spend some time on that tomorrow.

I also cleaned out the drawers of my desk.  Every last thing was taken out, sorted, and put back in a way that makes sense.  It turned out to be organized  kind of like my desk drawers at work, which is a good thing.  I’m way more organized at work than I am at home.

I am loving my new Arc notebook system.  I read about it online on Thursday night, rushed to Staples to buy it after work on Friday, and started using it today.  It’s like a cross between a three-ring binder and a spiral.  I also got the special hole punch so that I can add other papers to it as well.  It’s sooooo cool.  I’m going to use it to jot down my every thought, as my calendar and as my Important Actions list.

After all the work, we all watched a movie as a family.  This rarely happens.  Q picked the movie – The King’s Speech – which she and I had seen in the theater but David had never seen.  It was fun to see it again with all my new knowledge of the Queen Mother.

What about you?  Did you get a lot done today?  Are you looking forward to your extra hour of sleep?  I am!

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for all the blessings I have in my life.  It’s hard to complain about having too much stuff to deal with when so many people have too little.  (Well, obviously it’s not that hard, since I do it all the time, but I really need to stop.)
  • I’m lighter! I’ve thrown out everything from formerly important papers to rusty paper clips today, and I should have stuff posted on eBay before long.  I spent a very nice day with my lovely daughter and loving husband.

Ubiquitous capture (aka The Master Task List)

Remember the mess on the floor of my desk?  All of that stuff preys on my mind every day.  What is in there?  Are there things I am supposed to be doing?  Are there unpaid bills or uncashed checks?  Will I find things I thought were lost forever, or will I start looking through it and then, feeling sick and angry with myself, push the piles away?

Well, now that I am implementing the Mind Organization for Moms program (a new way to implement Getting Things Done by David Allen), I will get rid of the piles and get rid of the stress.  I will have everything stored in my Trusted System, so I won’t have to worry about it.  I am going to corral my stuff and empty my mind into one safe location.  I’ll get these ideas and goals and tasks off my brain, freeing my mind up to continue on this organizational journey.

I’ll keep you posted as this progresses.  In the meantime, are any of you GTDers?  Do you have everything stored in a trusted system?

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for a really productive day at work today.  Good job, me!  I’m also glad Greg introduced us to China Delight – yum!
  • I’m lighter!  I got up (spontaneously, without an alarm) before 6 this morning, and managed to do laundry and clean two bathrooms before D and Q got up.  I also worked on my Mind Organization for Moms stuff tonight, setting up my system and gathering things into my Inbox.

Doing… doing… done!

Photo by jean-louis zimmermann

I have been thinking about Getting Things Done, David Allen’s book about “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” all evening. The idea behind GTD is that you get all your worries and ideas and plans and to-do’s out of your brain and into a secure system that stores them “offline” for you, leaving your mind at peace.  Just think of it!  I have had the book and entertained the idea for years, but I have not had much confidence in my ability to actually implement a system with any consistency. However, this was before I was imbued with the fighting Patti spirit.  Now, I will take on the whole GTD concept and see if it works for me.

Actually, it is not the original David Allen way of Getting Things Done (pictured above) that I am going to try, but an offshoot called M.O.M.s, or Mind Organization for Moms, which I found at the website, “The Power of Moms.”  I can tell you just which blurb called to me:  “Stop that ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ feeling you get a hundred times a day when you realize you forgot to do something important.”  I am interested to see if it stops that “What is up with Lori?!  She was supposed to [bring / mail / call / ask / send / do] _____ for me, and I haven’t heard back from her in weeks!” feeling that other people have been getting a hundred times a day when they realize I forgot to do something important.  That would be awesome.

I am still Patti today (although it started to wear off a couple of hours ago), so I must go to sleep.  But I am optimistic about this whole mind organization idea.  Even if it seems just like another shiny new scheme.

{Clutter} released:  Burned my way through another big stack of newspapers.

{Perfectionism} released: Started the Master Task List that is the starting block for Getting Things Done.  I worried that I did not have every last task list in front of me, but I made the decision to go with what I had and just do it.