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Regaining ORDER – my achievements for March

The Task List

Another productive month for my task list but it is now becoming noticeable that there are certain sections where I have accomplished all the tasks and others where the same tasks have been rolled on from month to month.  I am sure you all know what I mean those tasks that we do not like doing or seem too complicated or large to even begin.

I don’t seem to have a problem completing my most Urgent Tasks and current major project (this month was my sister’s wedding) as the urgency keeps the pressure on me to get them done.  I can even do most of the Finance and Paperwork tasks and manage to deal with all the birthdays and writing one or two letters but the sections that have not been dealt with very well are Household and Maintenance Tasks and Health and Self.

One reason for this I think is that the urgent tasks are made up of very simple quick to do tasks such as

  • Pick up new Tool for Dyson cleaner from Comet
  • Email Lisa

and similar for Finance and Paperwork tasks –

  • Close Ing Direct Account
  • Make a mortgage overpayment online.

However when it comes to the Household and Maintenance section although I quickly managed the first task

  • Wash and store Dyson filter

my list changes into bigger projects or tasks that I need to delegate to my man such as

  • Complete the electric wiring to TV in the Dining Room (probably a days work that involves taking up floorboards in the room above!)
  • Run Computer back-up (I have no idea how to do this one)

and I still need to break down projects into simple tasks or mini targets so that instead of my task being

  • Devise a Healthy eating plan

I should rearrange this into easier simple steps

  • Choose one new healthy recipe to cook this week
  • Buy salad items on Saturday to take to work for lunches Mon-Thur
  • Take a Vitamin D capsule each morning with breakfast

etc etc…

On the plus side I have routinely been taking my supplements and made an appointment with a podiatrist but the Yoga exercises are still waiting to happen and will be delayed at present until I get back into some kind of routine and can leave work at my usual time of 4pm instead of working over.

The Big Clean

This has stopped dead.  With my return to work then a wedding and a two-week break Spring cleaning has ground to a halt.  What is left of April will be used more for clearing than cleaning I expect.

I did get the bags to the charity shop which has created some space and of course I found exactly the right size boxes to store my extra wine glasses in but I have still to wash and polish my car.  At least sat inside the car I don’t have to look at the dirt on the outside!

Taking Stock

I am still using up stocks of items in my cupboards.  I have found a use for all that hand cream – I am now using it on my feet and surprisingly it works very well –  I can recommend it.

The fruit in the freezer is going down but I could do better if I could remember to get it out the night before to defrost ready to put on my yoghurt at breakfast.

Counting the Pennies

I am disappointed with my management of our finances this month.  I have not kept a grip on my spending and having a two-week holiday and a weekend away in a hotel for the wedding certainly ate into the bank balance.  I can see I need a good talking to again!  I have avoided the magazines and only bought two extra whilst on holiday which is very good for me.  Well actually I did buy two craft magazines as well  – one came with an assortment of pre-printed bits and pieces to assemble your own Easter cards – but I really don’t think I am the right person for this type of card crafting – as hard as I tried putting the pieces together in different ways I really didn’t like any of the cards I made and will probably pass this magazine and all the bits on to my friends mum who makes a better job.  The other magazine had a free cute bunny stamp and although this made quite a simple card I much preferred it.

Display of Lindt chocolate bunnies

On Easter Sunday my man gave me a cute gold foil covered chocolate Lindt bunny which had a red ribbon with a tiny jingle bell around its neck.  Of course being vegetarian there is no way I can eat even a chocolate bunny – so I will keep it until it has gone way passed the eat by date and then I might just have to bury it in the garden as one might with a pet bunny that has died!!

You will all be pleased to know that finally I closed down the Ing Direct account by telephone and it was not too difficult although the promised final statement has yet to drop through my door before I can archive this file and put the matter to rest.  So where is it Ing Direct…I am still waiting?

My stumbling blocks

Still my stumbling block is the fact that we have so many busy weekends –  a mixture of both planned and unexpected events that afterwards we are thrown into chaos once more.  Before we set off for our Easter break I had the washing and ironing up to date, my work clothes washed and ready for our return and I had hoovered the carpets, emptied the bins  and cleaned the basin and toilets  but as soon as we arrived back we have a mountain of washing and ironing another pile of paperwork and still some bags to unpack.  Hopefully this weekend I will sort the mess out again.

So that was March I may not feel any further forward in my quest for Order – but I have learnt that I cannot function without my Task Lists and that if I work on making my difficult tasks / projects simpler by breaking them down into smaller tasks I might even get some of the roll over ones completed and off list.  I have also learnt that focusing on a small routine habit becomes automatic and has big results.

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Back to normal – eat, sleep and work

Reality sinking in now that I am back at work full-time – well almost – I work four full days and have Fridays off to give me a long weekend.  I am already finding it difficult to shower and get ready for work, eat breakfast, take supplements, make my lunch to take with me, tidy the bedroom a little, make our bed and be out of the door on time at about 8am.  The dishes at the moment have to be dumped in the bowl with hot water and washing up liquid ready to do when I return home.  Not good I know but to be able to do these I would need to get up another 15 minutes earlier – so I am working on this one.  I already get up about 6.30 on a good day but I know it would be hard to make that 6.15am – maybe not too bad in the summer when it is light sunny mornings.  As for the possibility of trying to fit in some Yoga exercises – forget it!

I start work at 8.30am with a 30 minute lunch break and finish at 4pm.  After work I had a few items to buy in town – a small brush for my travel case, a new smart case for my reading glasses and I couldn’t resist a pack of the cutest tiny scalloped edged blank cards that I think may be suitable for making my Easter cards (a bargain at £1.99 for 20 by Papermania).  By the time I got home and cooked the tea I was cream crackered but I am sure I will get used to working again fairly quickly it just means everything else at home takes longer to get done as I don’t have as much free time.  Fridays will once again become my frantic ‘try to get everything done’ day where I tear round the house like some frenzied mad woman trying to keep it all clean and tidy and under control.

Better go and get to bed now to

a) get my beauty sleep and

b) be up on time to go through it all again tomorrow.