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The Multi-Tasker Needs to Retire

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I was reading one of the many emails I receive from FlyLady. I swore that I had written the letter. It was from a “FlyBaby,” complaining that she couldn’t get the list and the missions done each day in order to de-clutter her home.

Remember the List?
* Morning Routine:
• -Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
• - Make Bed
• -Swish & Swipe
• -Empty Dishwasher
• -Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Check Your Control Journal
* What’s For Dinner
* Drink Your Water
* Declutter for 15 Minutes
* Before Bed Routine:
• -Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
• -Where are your Keys?
• -Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
• -Shine Your Sink
• - Wash face/Brush Teeth
• -Go to Bed at a Decent Hour

Then there is the Daily Mission in the weekly Zone that takes 15 minutes. Add the 5 minute “Room Rescue” for those of us that are just beginning.

It seems like so much. It seems overwhelming at times. What is more overwhelming is when I haven’t done them. Worse yet, I left everything ½ done. I immediately notice that I’m not as relaxed and I’m running behind. The whole point is to finally attain the organization I’ve been seeking.

The answer the FlyLady gave was thought provoking and I wanted to share it. In fact, I implemented it last night and at work today. Turn off and Tune in.

Quit trying to do 3 items on the list at one time! Turn off the noise. Do not allow yourself to be distracted or sidetracked.

Example: I am in the habit of cooking dinner, unloading dishwasher, making my lunch for the next day AND watching something on Netflix while texting.

Last night, I shut the TV off. I cooked dinner. I ate dinner. I loaded the dishwasher. I made my lunch. I folded the laundry. I was actually done around 15 minutes ahead of schedule!

Today: I was unloading my truck. My boss and a floral rep called. I told both of them that, “I’m in the middle of something, can I call you back?” Price changes came by fax, I set it to the side. I got everything done. I was more relaxed. My desk is cleared.

I’m retiring my multi-tasking wings. Someone else can use them. I’m going to FLY by Turning Off and Tuning In, because it is working.

  
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WINDSWEPTACRES 2/7/2013 12:24AM

    Multi-tasking is a wonderful way of getting five things started, and nothing finished. Or of getting five things done badly. Who said we women were supposed to be good at it?

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FLAMENM 2/6/2013 9:49PM

    It's why they say multi-taskign really isn't all it's set up to be. People get distracted and nothing gets done.

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CATHEMARIE 2/6/2013 9:05PM

    You are definitely on to something!

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LINDA! 2/6/2013 7:47PM

    Great job!!

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BECKYSFRIEND 2/6/2013 6:46PM

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Expect and Accept The Unexpected

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

As I have confessed before, I am a perfectionist. You would not know that from looking at my home on some days. But surprisingly, perfectionists become so overwhelmed by trying to do everything “just right,” that unless they can make that happen, they won’t bother starting.

So , in walked FlyLady.net. It’s a miracle! I can stop this perfectionist attitude and be even more organized.

If you are a FlyBaby, you know the drill:
* Morning Routine:
• -Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
• - Make Bed
• -Swish & Swipe
• -Empty Dishwasher
• -Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Check Your Control Journal
* Before Bed Routine:
• -Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
• -Where are your Keys?
• -Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
• -Shine Your Sink
• - Wash face/Brush Teeth
• -Go to Bed at a Decent Hour
Armed with my Cozi Calender, my Home Budget and FlyLady it seemed that everything was going PERFECTLY! It’s true! It really works!

Except, when the unexpected occurs and your brain does a total 180.

Part of my morning routine includes checking the bank account balance and matching it to my Home Budget. Check!

I go to pay a bill today and find out it is more than originally stated. I am in a state of panic. My brain does a free-fall and I’m thinking …. I totally have to change my budget, I have to rebalance everything, I have to print out the new budget.

It’s an hour later and I have completed all of that. I sit here and wonder what the fuss was all about. We’re not overdrawn. My house is warm, I have food, the car has gas, the phone is on, we have jobs, I’m healthy. Why?

Because I forgot “The Secret.” The Attitude of Gratitude. To accept less than perfect, and not consider it a failure. . It’s not like I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.


So, with firm resolve I will try to Accept the Unexpected and move along. (repeat 10 times daily)

  
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Good Health is a Gift to Appreciate

Monday, February 04, 2013



I was sending a private message to a friend over the weekend who lost a relative she was very close to cancer. He was around 50 years old. Late last week we lost someone in our community around that age. We have no idea how, the person just never woke up.

It got me to thinking how many people I know who have struggled with illness this past year. How many have lost v. how many have won. Further, I thought about the correlation between the two and I could find none.

At almost 50 years old, I had beaten my body up pretty bad with drinking, smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise.

Back when I was doing all of it, my favorite thing to say was “My grandpa smoked all of his life and died in his 90’s… from Alzheimer’s.” He quit smoking because he forgot he smoked! Without a doubt, he was an exception to the rule. I also figured my husband would outlive me, even though he’s older because he had taken care of himself.

I have been very lucky because to my knowledge, I’ve had no lasting effects from not taking proper care of myself in the past. It may have been luck, fate, Karma, destiny and several swift kicks in the backside.

I’ve come to the conclusion that health is a gift. One we can either choose to appreciate by pampering ourselves; or, one we choose to never unwrap. You could be like me and unwrap, rewrap, regift, degift, then unwrap again and swear you will never stuff it in a closet and forget.

  
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DAWN0545 2/4/2013 6:08PM

    Loved your blog. You are so true. People need to spend as much time as they can with friends or family, because you never know when the end will come. Tell your loved ones you love them and thank the good Lord that you have good health.

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That Mountain is going to be Flatland today!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

This Weekend: I’ve talked to my Mom, had my coffee and begun the morning routine. I have several things I would LIKE to do, but will not (repeat to myself 10 times) beat myself up anymore if I don’t get them done.

We’ve done a little switch up to our weekly menu system. Today, we eat leftovers. It always used to be during the week before the garbage got picked up. By doing it today, I don’t have to cook! I am a lady of leisure!

So, I’m going to try some recipes that I’d wanted to do for a while. My poor husband has had an apple crisp recipe sitting on the desk for a week now…. My man is going to have it for dinner tonight! Pre-make a few Super Bowl snacks for tomorrow so that I can truly relax.

I’m just going to devote my time to being with my husband. The poor guy has watched me run around the house each evening, I set down and I fall asleep!

My Diet:
I gained 1.3 pounds and the Impish Brat said I’m overweight again. I know it is because I hadn’t slept and I had not been drinking my water. Sleeping has been cured. Ambien helped me sleep 10 hours last night. I figure one more night and my “clock” will be back to normal. Water intake is obvious. I wasn’t diligent, but I’ve got my bottle with me and going to do 80 ounces a day instead of 64 this week.

My Resolution:
Thanks to my Mom, she put my Mountain into perspective. Picture CD’s go with the Photo Box. Check CD’s without descriptions on them. Any computer restore CD’s, pitch. All game CD’s go to Goodwill. Some child out there probably has an antiquated computer and would love to have them. Keep “Sims” and “Civilization.” Set the timer for 20 minutes. Done. Flatland.

She told me that if she was living closer, she would have sent me to the kitchen and had this mountain tackled in 10 minutes. *Sigh* She’s right. But “I have a special way of doing it.”

Blessing my House for 60 minutes or less. I enlisted help, (my sleeping cats) but they have declined. State of My Union Budget, 30 minutes or less. Dress to Shoes. Hubby will be home in 2.5 hours.

Ready, Set, GO!!!

  
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DLDMIL 2/2/2013 5:18PM

    yes, you can do it 10 or 15 minutes at a time. emoticon emoticon

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A Mountain Out of a Molehill

Friday, February 01, 2013

The whole week at work over all was not bad. Today I promised myself that if I could get my pallets unloaded before 11:30, I would not exercise tonight. To do this, I would have to work very quickly. Done at 11:22! I’m relieved because I just don’t have the energy tonight

My Diet:
Eating sensibly, sneaking a cookie here and there, exercising, logging in, spinning the wheel, blogging, huddling. You name it, I’ve done it. I’m looking forward to hitting my goal weight. I’ve even started writing the blog for that, complete with horrifying “before” pictures!

My Resolution:

I have failed this miserably, or my perfectionist self says I have. My sink is shiny, I’ve swished and swiped and taken care of hot spots. However, I have not spent 15 minutes daily, decluttering or the daily missions.



Exhibit “A”, also known as my “Molehill that became a Mountain” – I started this declutter mission a week ago. It seems so simple but for me it is overwhelming. I’ve tried spending 5 minutes at a time on it. I’ve tried the “Give away, Throw Away, Put Away.” It’s a mess of game CD’s, that somehow got mixed up with Picture CD’s, that somehow got mixed up with blank CD’s.

“4th Grade Adventures” It was my daughter’s and she is in college now. It needs Windows 95/98. Does it work with Windows XP? No idea. Do I keep it for her? Do I give it to Goodwill? Do I throw it away? Seems like such a simple decision, yet I am torn.

My Solution:
First, I need a good night’s sleep. I’ve been sleep deprived for about 10 days now. I’m not sure if is that I am not sleeping soundly enough, but my cats are keeping me awake or waking me up. They are pouncing on me, running through the house, and fighting with one another. So, it is a Lunesta night.

Second, I am going to repeat “You are not behind, okay? Just jump in where we are at,” over and over until I get rid of the “Overwhelmed,” feeling. I can do anything in 15 minutes.

I’ve already started “Third,” Pavarotti is singing in the background, sipping Pumpkin Spice coffee, and writing.

P.S…. The Secret has continued to work. Not one bill or surprise came in the mail. Smiling at every living thing, makes others smile. Spending so much time improving myself, I do not have time to criticize others.

  
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SUESUESUDIO 2/2/2013 11:00AM

    WINDSWEPTACRES
OMGosh, I read this after I blogged again today. Your suggestions on the Mountain mirrored my mothers (perfectionist, stash-n-dash, everything spotless). Both of you are SO right. I'm not throwing away my kid's childhood, just some games that can be "recycled."

Our kids have just left the nest and I had purposly been deleting the kids missions. I'm going to start reading them! A 5 minute hot-spot-drill seems doable, not the least bit overwhelming.

Perhaps my mission this week should be "Do It NOW!"

Thank you for your help! It is motivating me!


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WINDSWEPTACRES 2/1/2013 8:19PM

    I'm working on my morning and evening routines, sink's not shined, but I am dressed to lace-up shoes. What helps me is the "Do it now" principle -- hang a fresh roll of paper towels when I use the last one, pick it up, hang it up, put it back where it belongs. This includes picking up after DH when he finishes a project. emoticon Not complaining, because he does a lot around the house.

I have no young kids at home, but I do like the kids' missions. When I get that overwhelmed feeling, I know I can do a five-minute hot-spot drill -- probably the papers on my computer desk, empty the wastebaskets, dust my headboard, and feel like I accomplished something.

As for your current mountain, can you see your way clear to separate out your photo CDs and put them in a case or wherever you keep them? Then blank CDs where you normally keep yours? Office supplies, maybe? This will leave you with a much smaller pile to decide on. Maybe the games your kids have outgrown could go to a homeless shelter or daycare? I always feel better knowing what I'm giving away will be used by someone. And if they can't use them because they're outdated, they won't have the emotional attachment to them that you do. You're not throwing away your daughter's childhood, just some games she used to enjoy.

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