Awake: Getting organized

Part of my plan for living awake this year was to work on my organizational skills.  If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m the least organized person in the universe.  I do not manage my time well, and as a result most of my days are spent jumping from this thing to that, putting out this fire and that, and really struggling to accomplish much of anything. 

Okay, maybe it’s not that bad.  But it’s bad.

And it drives me crazy.

But my past attempts at trying to keep to-do lists and calendars and all that stuff just feels like swimming upstream to me.  I think there’s a rebellious streak in me somewhere that hates being hemmed into the corner of a plan and I just cannot stay on task.

But at the same time, I have to be honest and admit that alongside of the rebellion, there’s a pretty big lazy streak too.  And a selfish one. 

I hate housework.  The laundry pile is never ending, there seem to ALWAYS be dishes in the sink and I think there is a dust fairy that comes in at night and covers everything with the stuff.  It frustrates me to no end.  I just can’t keep up.  And that makes me lazy because I just don’t see the point in picking up the toys from the floor when they’re just going to be back there in ten minutes.  And why can’t everyone just get their laundry out of the dryer and/or clean basket since by the time I get it all folded, there’s a whole other dirty basket full and waiting to be washed.

And then there’s the selfish thing.  I am very selfish with my time…mostly because it just doesn’t feel like I have much of it to myself.  But that is essentially my fault because if I managed it better, I’d have lots more of it.  And that comes down to priorities too.  I usually do manage to find the time to do the things I really want to do.


I’m going to make time for a new thing.  (Or at least that’s what I’m saying I’m going to do.  My intentions are good, I assure you.  But then, they always are.)

If you’re a fan of Ann Voskamp and follow her blog, you’ll probably be familiar with her Daily Work Plan.  It’s basically a to-do today list that helps you plan out your day.  You can find it here:  New Habits Daily Planner

She also wrote the most wonderful post, Sanity Manifesto, that I highly recommend you checking out.  Even the most organized person in the world could still get something out of this. 

And I’m going to give this my best effort.  I’ve got my clipboard.  I’ve got my daily planners all printed out for the next week.  I’ve got my sanity manifesto.

Oh yeah.  It’s happening, baby.

One thought on “Awake: Getting organized

  1. I love you so much. First of all, I just saw the “new blog” email in my inbox and got so excited! I love reading your heart… Second, as I’m reading it I’m thinking “I need to get her Ann’s daily planner page and encourage her to start carrying her clipboard!” HA! Low and behold the words I read next… I love how intertwined our paths are… My seven pages for this week are all on my clipboard and the manifesto is tacked to my door and my mirror… Pray for me? You got my prayers for sure!

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