Taking Up the Gauntlet

It has only been a little over three months since I have written for Organizing -101 so I thought I should take up the gauntlet and let you know what has transpired over the last little while.

I have cleaned up the initial mess in the dining room—some of it has been replaced with more files and things to be filed, some of it has been recycled, and… well, some of it has not yet been dealt with. But the good news is–I have found the top of my dining room table.

From the book, “One Year to an Organized Life” by Regina Leeds I have gleaned a few hints, a few bits of wisdom if you will, that may help guide me on my way to a somewhat organized life.  I took a few notes from her first chapter and thought I would share a few of them with you. They are supposed to give me “inner peace”.

Without further ado, here are the first four:

1. Make your bed every day. (Sounds easy, but for some, like me, who think that we are only going to get back in the bed at the end of the day, it seems like a waste of time. But I understand the wisdom—and if making my bed is going to give me inner peace then I will give it a whirl. Some of you reading this will be appalled to find out that some people do not make their bed every day—I am not one of those people, but maybe by the end of this exercise I will be.

2. Walk at least 5 minutes. (No problem—I have this under control.)

3. Find a routine.

4. Okay – they seem to get harder from here on in: Come up with a blueprint for Achieving your Goals by

(i) Figuring out what you want

(ii) Ascertaining steps to bring to fruition

(iii) Scheduling these steps in a logical way

And last but not least:

(iv) set a target date and a plan to reach the target date

Okay, I am going to work on the “make the bed every day” commandment for a while, and figure out what I want before I start ascertaining, scheduling, or finding a routine.

Bed Jump

Bed Jump (Photo credit: jamesjyu)

In the meantime, I will leave you with these words from Joseph Campbell:

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Listen, you have a whole year to get organized according to the title of the book, why rush it?

  2. good point–but when have I ever rushed being organized?

  3. I found your blog in google and I and read a few of your other posts, and I can say this is very good work!

    • Thanks so much-appreciate you feedback – visit again.

  4. Got it. Great advice. You are an expert writer with a great blog. I am nominating you for the beautiful blogger award. You may already have this award, so if you do, simply ignore this. If not, read my blog for 06/25/2012 for details. :)

    • I am honoured – thank you so much–glad you like my blog -will have to stop by yours.


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