Tuesday, 10 April 2018

New Beginnings

Do you have new beginnings?   I have them quite regularly because I am a great one for putting off until tomorrow what I should be doing today.   This week became the week when I determined to get everything in order - and I have made a good start.

There were half a dozen telephone calls that needed making to organise things - I have kept putting it off.   On monday I made a list, made the calls, crossed them off my list as I made them and had the whole lot organised within an hour.   Why, I asked myself, had I been so silly and kept putting it off? 

Then there were several drawers which were untidy and disorganised so that I could never find anything.   That was my next job and I have tackled it this afternoon.   Now my desk is super tidy with all envelopes, cards, writing  paper, drawing pins, paper clips, sellotape and the like in their correct cubby hole.

My next job (tomorrow if I have time) is now to empty the 'jobs to do' basket by my computer and file everything in it properly away.    I should have time tomorrow as I have to stay in all af ternoon
waiting for the Gas/Elecricity men coming to fit my Smart Meters.   Getting all these jobs done in the same week is set to make me feel so much more organised.

Do you have to do this occasionally or are you one of those irritating people who never get things in a mess in the first place? My inner self fits into the latter category - but my outer self gets everything in a muddle when suddenly I haven't got time enough to file things away.

So wish me luck tomorrow with my final tidying up session.

24 comments:

Jules said...

This did make me chuckle Pat. Procrastinate is my middle name, and like you said, it's always jobs which never really take long once you set to them. Thankfully, I'm pretty good at keeping on top of paperwork.
Good luck tomorrow. My next task is tidying my wardrobe, but then again it can always wait. X

Christina said...

My grandma used to say, "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today because if you do it today and you like it, you can do it again tomorrow!"

Joanne Noragon said...

I just made a list I must get accomplished tonight. Your list of phone calls made me smile; I know exactly how it feels to pile into a job and get it organized and done.

jinxxxygirl said...

I try to stay on top of things Pat but they invariably get away from me... And its usually the little things that just pile up and one day i notice they've piled up and i have to get after it..lol Hugs! deb

Terra said...

You inspire me to keep on tidying and de-cluttering. I selected a lot of my clothes to give away so I put the clothes in bags and they will pick them up on the 16th. Plus bicycle helmets and outfits and bike gloves of my husband's. I make lists as you do and enjoy crossing off things as I accomplish them.

Rachel Phillips said...

I am on top of things. Today I sorted my tax affairs for the accountant, the tax year having just ended.

Beachcomber said...

I love the thought of you sitting feeling very satisfied that all the jobs that were lurking arenearly done.
I hope tomorrow sees the end of them though doubtless some more envelopes will drop on the mat!
My biggest procrastination is the tax form.
Half an hour after I get round to it eventually I think,
“ That was easy, why did I waste so much mental energy on it by having it sitting accusingly on my desk.”
Sue

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on getting things done! Isn't it a good feeling? I am bad about putting things off and then forgetting about them. I sometimes think the hardest part of a job is getting started!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Christina I rather like that saying.

donna baker said...

I once had everything orderly, all done. It lasted for a couple of days. But, it was satisfying while it lasted.

Gwil W said...

I think its the spring feeling. Unusually today I've tidied my drawers a little bit ( can a woman of a certain age say that? ) and also I've brought down a table and some other bits and pieces from the attic.

the veg artist said...

I'm actually quite organised, but you'd never guess it. Husband and I can be quite untidy, but there is an odd efficiency going on underneath!

Sue said...

I have to get jobs done straightaway so I don't fret about them. My drawers are terribly untidy at the moment but I know it will all get sorted when we move.

Anonymous said...

I love a good tidy up - I am on a mission to get my house decluttered at the moment. It is always very satisfying to get a few jobs off the to do list.

crafty cat corner said...

I can never seem to keep tidy even though it really annoys me, especially when I am sewing, things all over the place, cottons littered everywhere. But, when I clean it all up I just feel wonderful. lol
Briony
x

Tom Stephenson said...

No Weave. You would not find me irritating at all.

angryparsnip said...

I used to get most things done right away but now I have slipped into some finish it tomorrow.

cheers, parsnip

Bovey Belle said...

Well done - whilst I CAN be very organized, the very fact that I am running round - not quite like a headless chicken, but a very BUSY chicken - demonstrates I am aiming at a PhD in procrastination. We have a viewing next Sunday and due to the very late spring, the garden hasn't been touched - only a couple of little tidying jobs done and first cut of the lawn. The house is so vast that it is hard to keep on top of everything, but now I am being SUPER organized, concentrating on the essentials and ticking off jobs done on the list in my head.

The list has shortened a tiny bit, but still LOTS to be done, so I get up early to do them.

Marion said...

Well done, you! I'm the QUEEN of procrastination & a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. I get the important things done on time like writing poems, reading poetry, smelling the flowers, planting flowers, paying bills, but I'm a born daydreamer-poet and wouldn't want to be any other way.

Gail, northern California said...

I wish I could rid my closets of clothes I will never fit into again. ;-)
I wish I could shred all old paperwork. For some odd reason, I think I might need those 30 year old invoices.

If I kicked the bucket tomorrow, my poor kids would have to face those two awful tasks. Old clothes and paperwork. I have no excuse either.

Cro Magnon said...

I live in a mess. I'm not sure if I wish to change, or not. Probably NOT.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I have a fresh start every day but usually mislay the "to-do" list by about half-past ten. I do enjoy throwing things out rather more than I like shopping though, so the clutter doesn't get too overwhelming.

Librarian said...

From all I know about you through your blog, you come across as a very well organised person with tons of self-discipline, Pat! Therefore, I can imagine that any kind of disorder/mess really troubles you, as it troubles me.
Usually, I have things in order - easily, too, as I spend not enough time at home to create much of a mess. But there are some "eternally put-off" jobs such as fixing the loose lamp in the kitchen and sorting out the stuff that has been sitting in the cellar since I swapped my bedroom and living room two years ago.
I like all housework (ironing is my favourite), as I find it soothing after the sometimes very intense mental focusing required by my day job. But window cleaning is the one household chore I always put off until it really, really, REALLY has to be done.

Heather said...

I always have new beginnings and wish I could keep them going. I suppose I am not doing too badly considering I never did any of the business side of things until now. It is a relief not to have to worry about keeping a garden tidy, but I still do all my own shopping, cooking and cleaning and don't have a tumble dryer or dishwasher.
My latest 'new beginning' is changing my eating habits - I have cut out potatoes, cut right down on bread, and definitely no cake or biscuits. It is showing results already but some days are so difficult.