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An ounce of morning is worth a pound of afternoon
Awwwww...today! Today, was the first day I have not had children at home with me all summer. I had such plans for today. After an energizing meeting yesterday, my youngest starting school yesterday and routine settling into my bones, I had planned so much for this morning's 9-1pm slot! I was going to mop, dust, steam drapes, change linens, scrub kitchen cabinets and work on laundry along the way. Well, coffee maker broke yesterday so had to run and get coffee. Then had to go get a new coffee pot since I was now into 10am and had no coffee buzz to feed my mojo. Started to feel pretty productive about 10:30...phone rings, cell phone rings. By the time I finish all calls and spending the same amount of time cruising facebook and email while on the phone, I had dwindled away ALL my free time! I have started to see a pretty constant theme of postponement in me that I cannot stand. After realizing I had 45 min to literally "get it all done" I crammed as much in the washer as possible, mopped the floors with a spray bottle just where the obvious spots were and headed out the door.
Not much attention to detail was it?
Why do we wait? It cannot merely be a lack of time. In a study by Robinson and Godbey and reported in their book Time for Life American adults gained 5 hours more free time today than they had in 1965. On average an extra 40 hours a week!! How can that be?
So, if it isn't time then why do we procrastinate what would only take 30 seconds to handle properly?
Sometimes, it is because we lack the space to perform a task or haven't created a plan for how it is to be executed. We avoid paying bills because we would first have to determine how much was in the bank...and there isn't time to sit down and do that. Can't wrap a present right now because we don't know where the tape is and we need to get in carpool. Or perhaps we have let it go because we have done it so many times that the job is now too large to handle. I believe it is ultimately because we have a secret desire someone else will do it. Our spouses or our children will pitch in and maybe we can throw off a large job to them before they know it :)
We can spend so much time talking on the phone, staying on the computer, running errands and chores outside of the home and frankly when the checkbook, laundry and life all fall in the same category it can be overwhelming. We have to find smaller blocks of time that we can accomplish smaller tasks. By breaking larger jobs into smaller steps we limit our choices and have to decide in advance the order of our chores. Goals must be set in order for us to get started. It can be scary to make decisions and then trust your own judgement.
My own lesson...I only had today, so now I have to throw what didn't get done this morning on another day when I should've just turned off the phone and gotten my chores done before 1pm. Then, I would've had the whole afternoon to talk on the phone while my children ran through the house on clean floors!
Next week, I am excited to have a guest blogger. Jaime Ford, a Personal Chef and Lulagrace's own fabulous Meal Planning Consultant, will be here to discuss a few of her tips. Shopping and preparing food requires some thought. Without properly planning we can waste quite a bit of time, food and money. Hope you will come back to see us then!
posted on: 8/20/2009 2:00:00 PM by Melissa Searcy
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Melissa Searcy is a professional organizer and independent decorator now living in Jasper, AL. Formerly of Montgomery, Melissa owns Lulagrace Interiors where she was a regularly featured guest on morning television and had articles featured in the local newspaper and many local monthly publications. For more information you may visit her at www.lulagrace.com. Melissa is also a member of the Facebook community at Facebook.com/melissa.searcy or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LulagracePO.
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