I have been a mess lately. I don’t know which way is up, what time what activity starts, where I put the mail or what the hell I’m supposed to be doing with myself. I realized, by accident, that this was directly related to the fact that I had fallen off the Using My Brand-New Planner bandwagon.
In January I was all hopped up on thoughts of organization and go get ’em inspiration. My new planner was perfect for that. I could keep track of everything meticulously and feel very organized and official. It was great. But the farther we got from the ball dropping on New Years Eve, the more my enthusiasm dwindled. I slowly began using the planner less and I became more and more scattered and unorganized.
Then one day I woke up and had no idea what my goals were any more. I felt so lost and confused and unsure of what to do with any pockets of free time I found. What the hell do you do when you don’t know what it is you’re doing?
Usually I wear multitasking like a bad ass badge of honor. Yes, I answered emails while carrying a whiny preschooler on my hip and navigating an extra large cart around the grocery store like a champ. Because I’m a BOSS.
Only not really.
Because, when I’m being totally honest with myself, multitasking never results in a job well done. My email will be partially incoherent, I’ll inevitably forget something essential at the store and my four year old and I will be so irritated with each other that we’ll both be whining shrilly and ready to full-on tantrum by the time I slam the trunk of the car.
When your attention is split in 87 different directions you can’t possibly do a good job.
So why do we (women in particular) place so much of our self worth on exactly how many balls we have up in the air?
You know all of those blog posts out there about what’s inside someone’s purse or diaper bag? I’ve always been inexplicably obsessed with them. I think I just really like getting behind scenes glimpses into how other people live. I totally realize that many of them are meticulously stylized or even purposefully incorporate a specific brand for a sponsored post. I still love them.
Lately I’ve been wondering what other people’s workspaces look like—especially when they work from home like I do. I want to see how they set up their space and I want to know what works and what they love about it.
I’m hoping to start a series of posts like this one, where small business owners show off the space behind their work. If you’re interested in participating, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week I have Brianna Baker back. Last week she showed us a little behind the scenes peek at how she creates a children’s book. This week she’s showing off where she actually does her work.
The number one clue that I’m feeling totally overwhelmed is that I start talking about cleaning, organization and efficiency.
Please note that this week’s newsletter (that’s a link to it, for anyone who has been on the fence about signing up) was filled with spring cleaning tips and that this week’s first blog post is dedicated to efficiency.
Perfect, I am not. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve that might help my partners in imperfection.
Below is a list of six tools I rely on heavily when I’m trying to get my shit together.
By this time, I think we all know that I am a notorious procrastinator. If it can be put off just one minute longer, I will find a way to do it. The problem with this is that it makes everything more difficult. Stalling just makes whatever it is you’re avoiding seem bigger and less manageable.
I’m a busy, hustling momma with way too many tasks to keep track of in the course of any given week—from my kids’ social schedules to my freelance projects and assorted appointments to remembering to do laundry and clean my house (which is what I forget about most often). Life can seem overwhelming. Unable to run away or just sit in the closet eating chocolate all day, I’ve figured out a few ways to break my nasty procrastination habit. Now, I don’t always live by them (um, I wouldn’t have a procrastination problem if I did), but when I do it really, really helps.