Start Right Now Today

“VISION WITHOUT ACTION IS A DAYDREAM, ACTION WITHOUT VISION IS A NIGHTMARE.”

—- Japanese Proverb

Happy New Year to you all! In central Texas we started the new year with rain and 35 degree temperatures. It was a great day to stay in and work on my NEW organizational format. Oh, yeah, isn’t that what we are supposed to do on New Year’s day?!

Last week I presented the 2015 Reading Challenge on my blog. Several folks have agreed to take the challenge on with me. And several friends have said “No way! This is too overwhelming. I don’t have time to do all that reading!!” Yes, it is a lot of reading, but you don’t have to read everything; you don’t have to check all the boxes. Just expand the number of books from what you read last year — one will do it. So start right now today! Make a choice and start reading!!

I thought that each week I would give you some suggestions for books in that category. That does not mean you have to read those books; it’s just to jump start your brain to think of books you have been wanting too read but had little time. Here’s number one: (You can start anywhere you want. It does not have to be #1.)

# 1    Books 500 pages or more: East of Eden by John Steinbeck (I just finished East of Eden, so my 500 pages or more is done!); The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Just thoughts; happy book hunting!

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Get Organized in 2015!! Yeah right!!!!! How many years have we woken up on New Year’s Day and said, “This year I am going to get organized!!!” Guilty — Then we find ourselves a few months later in the same unorganized, piles upon piles of paper every where, projects sitting in the tote bag by the sofa waiting for their time in the light. You think I exaggerate?

When I was working outside the home, the week before New Year’s Day I would remove all my “papers” from my desk and the built-in desk in my office. (I never opened the drawers. That was tooooooo much and would overwhelm even Martha Stewart.) Before I go any further, I have to tell you that I am “an all-out-in-front of me, girl.” Meaning everything I am working on has to be in front of me at all times, or I forget where I am and what I am doing. I always worked on several projects at the same time. Don’t ask me how to do that, because I don’t know. I just did it!

I would make two or three piles of paper on the floor hoping that no one would come in and knock the pile of papers over. Actually most folks didn’t come into my office. They thought they would get lost in the avalanche of paper. (Whoever said we live in a paperless world lied!) One person said they thought a bomb had gone off in my office. But I have to defend myself — a lot of work came out of that room — great ideas, new programs, research, etc. I just do thinks my way not someone else’s.

I would use a cleaner and wipe down both desk tops, wipe down my computer and printer, fill the printer up with paper, get a red folder and mark on it “WORKING FILE.” Man, I am on a roll!! Everything I was working on went into that file as priority #1. Then I would gather my two or three piles (sometimes more) into ONE very large pile and put it on the corner of my main desk. By this time some folks would throw up their hands and leave the office for a strong cup of coffee. Not me, I was energized. I WAS GETTING ORGANIZED!!

Before long my “WORKING FILE” was full. Surely some where there is another red folder I can make into “WORKING FILE #2.” I remembered the folders were always in the bottom drawer of my desk — I also recycled stuff as I went along. With that said, we all know what happens. Folder #2 is full onto Folder #3 and so on!!

By this time I have three or four red file folders of “WORKING FILE(s)” and still a huge pile of paper sitting on the corner of my desk. Hmmmmmmmmm, maybe I should shred some of this stuff. Off to Wal-Mart I go looking for a shredder. By the end of the week all I have is a major mess. If someone needs some information it is going to be in that file, or maybe that file. Not there??!! Maybe it’s in the big pile of papers on the corner of my desk. (I could find everything until I started organizing!)

I have taken a couple of organizing workshops always coming out with great ideas. Time to go to Office Depot to stock up on file folders and binders. About two weeks ago I took another organizing workshop that looked at planning, organizing, and setting goals for the whole year of 2015 called “2015 Best Year Ever!” by Michael Hyatt.  Great title. I didn’t run off to Office Depot, but I did download all his worksheets, listened to the audio sessions three times. This time I started organizing on January 2nd instead of the 1st hoping that change would make a difference.

Here’s my strategy: I am not going to pick up that large pile of papers sitting on the floor by my desk. They have been there for months and can continue to rest in peace with no interference from me. (But I am curious as to what is in that pile.) I have started my organizing “Best Year Ever” by planning my whole year of blog titles. Does that mean I am going to stay on my list? Probably not, who knows when I will get in my next rant. SMILES But I am going to use my plan to help me focus on what’s next. I already have my orange (couldn’t find a red one) “WORKING FILE,” and it is filling up nicely. Think about something you would like to change this year; then start small. Who says that we have to take on huge projects to get anything finished.  Write down what you are going to do, and then put the note/list somewhere you will see it every day. And finally, send me a comment about what you are going to do differently. So get started right now today, and you can make 2015 the “Best Year Ever” also.

Happy New Year, my friends!

Today, do something that challenges you, Linda

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