Monday, January 21, 2013
This concept of organization seems to elude me. I always begin with good intentions: set up the plan, prioritize what's most important, make a schedule... and then (never fail) I get distracted! I have to get to the bottom of this issue, or I'm pretty sure it's going to stay with me for the rest of my life.
First, I'm going to examine potential flaws in my plans to get organized.
---Too many tasks on the list to begin with
---Adding things to the to-do list as the day goes on
---Allowing for distractions
---Starting something, and then not finishing it
There are probably more problems, but I can't think of them right now...
So I'm going to start today by setting up a little class for myself, a seminar if you will, on getting organized. Today's lesson will involve looking at all of my "to-dos," picking one item, and then finishing it through to completion.
Step 1. Make "The To-Do List"
**Gym for workout---45 min cardio/30-min strength/200 crunches
**Set up the binder for my online class (which I'm already one week behind in, EEK!)
**Create homework schedule for online class
**Start working on homework assignments
**Make something for lunch/Prep for dinner tonight
**Pick up the BF
**Print cards for birthday party
**Clean up the room/kitchen/bathroom
**Make healthy cake for after dinner
Step 2. Pick one task to focus on.
Well, I already went to the gym this morning. So the next thing I really want to get done is setting up the binder for my online class. I'm going to work on this now, before I do anything else. I have the habit of "multi-tasking" which can really be a double-edged sword for me. Sometimes, I take on so many projects at once that nothing really gets totally done. The point of this whole "lesson" is so that I have to force myself to devote 100% attention to this one task. Like already I'm thinking, "Oh, but I can have the cake baking in the oven while I set up the binder." No. Nope. Not gonna happen. One thing at a time. Until I really get a handle on this organization thing.
This is the plan for now. We'll see how it goes. Once I finish the first item that I've decided on (making the binder for my class), I'll give my full and undivided attention to the next task (starting last week's homework assignments). These are the rules. I want to learn to be present and in the moment. I think I'll feel less scattered and more focused with this mindset.