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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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    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!

    2207 days ago
    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.
    2208 days ago
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