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Making it happen Monday

184: Blog PlannerI’ve decided to start a new weekly post, called “Making it happen Monday.” Each week, I am going to either do an update on what I am doing to make my goals happen, or perhaps look at what others are doing. Either way, I hope the posts will be inspiration for others while being motivation for me.

I jump started this week by finally putting together a binder (My “Little Black Book of Blogging” as I decided to call it.) for organizing my blog and, by extension, my life. Each week I can now plan out blog posts, work days, bills due and a detailed to do list that might not get done that week but things that need to be on my radar. It’ll also help me stay focused even on days we decide to just go out for the day, be it on the bike or for a drive or whatever. I know what I need to do ahead of time, so it can get done.

I’ve tried to do something similar on my phone, synched to my computer. However, for me, there are just some things I need to write down versus type. I still see a need to paper and pen. Call me old fashioned, I don’t care. Its what works for me. It’s what keeps me honest and on track.

SONY DSCIn my binder, I added some awesome downloads I scored from Alli Worthington. These came at the most perfect time for me. I am setting out on this path, feeling certain I know what I need to do, but scared of going off track.

Its not success I fear, its serious failure. It’s fear of letting myself and others down. And these downloads are already helping me find clarity and build my path as I go.

I’m SO excited, so ready to leap without fear of failure.  This is the heart of “Making it happen Monday.”

Chaos and clutter

My husband likes to say we, “Never fight.” Which, depending on your definition of “fight” is true! But we DO disagree at times.

One of our biggest disagreements is “the office.”  The office is supposed to be my area to do my writing, photo editing, page design, etc. However, his laptop has pretty much become a desktop due to the hinge breaking that holds up the screen. So, I lost my computer space. Plus, we just like to be in the same room, and I find myself working while sitting on the couch in the living room with him.

Nonetheless, I still consider it more “my” office, and, as such, its subject to my personal version of organized chaos. Or as my husband puts it, clutter.

Whatever. Poh-tay-toe, Poh-tah-toe.

Either way, its pretty much a room with stacks of stuff everywhere. That’s been my definition of organization as far back as I can remember. My bedroom would look like a tornado hit it as a kid, but I’ll be darn if 9 times out of 10 I couldn’t put my hand on exactly the item you would ask me to find.

(Ironically, in school and at work in an office, I tend to be super organized. I still remember like it was yesterday, one of my school teachers commenting that my bedroom must be immaculate the way I would organize things for her. If she only knew the disaster area it truly was…)

However, I was forced into cleaning mode today. For one thing, my husband is on the road, and I love having a surprise for him any time he gets home. I set my mind to shock him with a much more organized office. (Its a tiny room, so perfection could only happen if I threw everything out and went spartan.) For another thing, I wanted to figure out somewhere to put my laptop so I could work in the office again myself. I have a couple big projects on the back-burner that I need to focus on… and I focus best at a desk versus on the couch. Finally, I was missing a sheet of Forever stamps… and my remote shutter for my camera is MIA.

We’ll find out if my husband deems my first reason as success (with him liking what I’ve done.) I’m sitting at the desk right now, so that was a success. And I found my stamps. The remote shutter is still missing. At least it only cost me about $8, so if I have to get a new one I can. I’d just rather not have to do that.

I’m going to try REALLY hard not to let this room go to heck again. I am. I can’t make any promises, as my natural disposition is to go into the organized chaos thing. But I’ll try. Because I gotta admit, a neat, clean room just feels so good… so light and fresh and open.