Maybe I should have called this post “Not Getting It Done”, but then you probably wouldn’t have read it 🙂
You know I’ve been on an organizing thing lately. Cleaning up and de-cluttering and rearranging in case we might need to sell our house and move. (Mark is laid off and there is a possibility that he could be sent somewhere else in the country.)
Well, I’ve been finding all sorts of great blogs about organizing and keeping your house clean and even some on how to decorate. I’ve been making lists of what I need to do, and I even set a deadline to get it all done – March 1.
Oh yes, I’ve been so industrious and busy, you wouldn’t believe.
How much have I gotten done, you ask? Well, as I said, I’ve made a list. And set a deadline. Oh, and I got some really great ideas.
Yeah, I haven’t done a thing.
Actually, some of what I have done was probably not the best idea for someone with ADHD. Making a list is a good idea on the surface, but when you look at it and see how big it is, it can be overwhelming. You know what happens when we get overwhelmed – not much.
I still think that a list of some sorts is a good idea, because we can always use structure and a plan. What we need to do, though, is find a way to take the overwhelm out of the list of to-do’s.
I’m a big fan of spiral notebooks. I always have some on hand – usually I’ve got a few going at once. I keep ideas in them, notes from classes I take, menus, grocery lists, and lists like all the stuff I have to do to get this house ready for spring or selling. I try to keep them organized so I can find things when I need them, but sometimes, they’re sort of jumbled up.
As I was checking out some blogs today (instead of cleaning the closets), I came across a few I wanted to share with you.
The first is called Pretty Organized Palace. The woman who writes it has 6 children and keeps a beautiful, organized home. Check out her idea here for how to put spiral notebooks to more effective use.
I think I could use her idea to separate the things on my to do list by room, and make it less overwhelming for me.
Another blog I wanted to point out is called Living With Lindsay. Lindsay has a copy of her weekly chore chart on her blog here. Lindsay’s done all the thinking for you. Just print out her sheet, modify it as needed, and you’re good to go!
I think I’m going to see if Lindsay’s chart will help me be more productive. And yes, I have to get started on those closets.