Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Can it seriously have been almost a month since I last posted?  I'm a bad blogger. I think of things to write about, then don't make time to sit down and write it. Is it possible to be that overwhelmed?

I have a lot going on. That's just the way it is. Most of it I do to myself. I volunteer. A LOT. So many things are important to me and I want to participate in everything!  However, that means you have to be uber organized and so far, I'm struggling with that.

So, I figured out that I need to treat my life and volunteer activities as I would a full time paying job. I need to prioritize my list of things to do and schedule them, on my calendar, to finish them.

Honestly, the prioritizing has been difficult. I realized that to do anything well, I need to let a few things go. I don't want to end up doing lots of stuff, but nothing gets done very well. So, I let a few things go. I have also admitted that I can't do it all, and asked for help. I have several people in every organization that wants to help, so I'm letting them. It's very liberating to be able to pass something off to a willing helper and it makes them feel good too.

I have allowed myself to be nominated for the president's position on our spouses club board next year. I am seriously pumped about this opportunity and excited to see what we can do next year. However, it is a big time consuming thing. So, I have made myself schedule specific times during the week to sit down and focus on club work. Other scheduled events, besides the obvious meetings, are answering email, organizing my calendar so everything fits in, and paperwork. Oh the paperwork. If I don't keep up with board reports, agendas, minutes etc, I get so far behind I can't see ahead anymore. Not to mention housework. I am seriously putting on my calendar things like laundry, clean the bathroom etc.

So, that's what I'm working on now. I'm planning my system to be more organized with my time. If you have calendar tips, lists etc that help you stay on track, please share! I'd love to hear them.


Expat Girl said...

I schedule cleaning days etc so that I know they are coming up and need my time!

Quiltingranny said...

God knows what we both need. First I was just getting to post about how my days go smoother when I follow a schedule and how I have begun treating my quilting business like a business and not when I get around to it. Thanks for posting, God talks to me in twos and this is the second time I have heard I can't do it all. Went to Mount Rainier last Friday and as we passed JBLM I thought of you. Maybe this summer we can have lunch!

The Lumberjack's Wife said...

I am not organized at all, so I can be of no help! :) I also struggle with prioritizing. Good luck and I hope you feel like you have a good plan in place soon! :)