"I Choose, I Decide, I Will"
There is no doubt in my mind that being somewhat organized leads to a more beautiful life. There is nothing beautiful about being upset because you can't find your keys, run out of necessary items, and have a general sense of being out of control.
I have adult ADD so organizing has been a lifelong priority for me. I always feel like I'm slightly out of control but by honing my coping skills, things tend to go better and my nerves are calmer. These skills are usable by anyone to smooth out the bumps in their lives.
Over the years I have probably tried every method ever invented to keep myself on track. Some worked quite well and others caused more problems than they solved. And different methods work at different times in our lives.
For a few years I did quite well with a Planner Pad book, but I found as my number of actual appointments diminished per day, the section for appointments was just too big and didn't address my current needs. The Planner Pad is also quite expensive and being a natural cheapskate, I really didn't want to shell out the money. The Planner Pad is based loosely on David Allan's "Getting Things Done" funnel approach . David has some fine idea's but I think his whole approach is based too much on planning and less on actually doing things.
This year I made my own book which my husband was eager to print up and bind. That whole project seemed way too laborious for my easily overwhelmed mind so out came my ruler and after I found the perfect notebook (a Notebound from Walgreen's - really nice smooth paper), I ruled off 7 columns for the days and split the page in three sections. The top section is for all the things I wish to accomplish that week, each in its own little category. My categories are: home, business, garden, personal, and "need".
Each week or two I do a "brain drain", located on a page in the back of the book. Absolutely anything that hits my little mind goes on that page. Everything! If I want to take a trip to Europe or build a pond, it goes in my Brain Drain. When I plan my current week, I simply refer to this brain drain and decide what I would like to accomplish and put it in its category for the week. From there I can "funnel" my activities to the middle section, which is my "to do" list for each day.
The bottom section is reserved for notes and the occasional time sensitive appointment such as doctor or vet. Some extras I add are the projected temps for each day. Temperatures and other weather info dictate much of what happens in my garden so it is important that I know these things in order to plan my outside work.
I also have the motto "I Decide, I Choose, I Will", written in green to keep me from the negative "I Have To" thinking. I tied a ribbon on the coil so I could find my week in a hurry and I use different colored ink just because its makes it more fun. If you click on the pictures it will enlarge and you can actually see what a completely boring life I lead. heh
Now this is important, so read carefully. It is perfectly ok, in fact I encourage you, to write in anything you accomplished that wasn't on your "to do" list, and proudly cross it off. It is important to know all that you do in order to foster a climate of success.
I keep my book on the dining room table, forcing me to look at it with my first cup of coffee. I have two or three excellent books to recommend if you are a typical over whelmed human in a busy world so check out the list below
In the coming days:
Artist worth collecting
What's on your nightstand
For the love of lavender
Building ponds, a journey