Here be me at the start of September – Luliread the Unready. I had so many plans and already things are drifting off. Do you ever feel like that – shrouded in good intention you step out into your life and before you get to the front gate… WHAMMO KASLAMMO – it’s all started to unravel?
More often than not my grasp on my intention is tenuous and I can be blown off course quite easily. I am currently enjoying a period of sleeplessness. I say enjoying – I don’t mean enjoying. You could say that’s lazy writing, I call dibs on just being really tired but needing to write because I promised myself I would.
I have woken up at 4am for the last few nights and it’s making me crazy. I very nearly took a woman out earlier as she gave me the stink eye after walking backwards into me as I exited the bakery. SERIOUSLY!? I clamped my mouth shut and hastened to the coffee shop – I know that a desire to burn the face off another human being with my vitriol is a fairly good indicator that I am not fully rested or caffeinated.
So here I am – deep breathing as more distracted mothers of toddlers march in, dragging their little snotty nosed charges along with them to noisy up my hour of calm, adult writing.
I’m wandering off topic here – but can I just get a witness…
Give me a ‘HeY OH!’
All the grown ups in the house – heartily fed up with entitled mammies and their ill behaved sweeties annexing EVERY cafe in the world – ramming buggies into the counter, allowing their 2 year old to take up two seats and giving you the snake eyed demon look – while disapproving of your sartorial choices – thus contriving to make you feel like shit when it’s they who are disturbing the peace.
I like kids, I do – but their entitled, neige (navy and beige) wearing, mothers can get t’ee FUCK!
As I mentioned – I’m not sleeping properly.
Which has thrown me off course. My plan is to use September to have a gert big sort out. From my wardrobe, shoe rack and handbag stash to my paperwork and even my online footprint. My idea is to tackle one aspect per week. To sort the shiz out of it and to write a ‘To Do List’ for each area.
The reality is that I’ve got into such a guddle that it will take more than a concerted effort in September to get it fully organised. In fact it is the utter chaos of every corner of my bagua that is most likely part of the cause of my inability to sleep. Not even 4 hours of biurnal beats sent me off to the land of nod last night – and I kid you not – nothing other than desperation to sleep would induce me to listen to 4 hours of dinketty woo woo. It’s ruddy torture – although I should say that I did feel less panicked about it after about 10 minutes. So I’ll not dismiss it out of hand.
So if, like me you need to take control of the chaos to get some sleep, or some clarity or some work done – or just to be able to meet the Autumn with some sort of hope for a clutter free life beyond piles of books and half eaten ideas – then here’s my plan – maybe it will work for you….
SEPTEMBER SHIT SORT TIMETABLE:
Stop panicking. Decide what needs sorting and allocate a week to handle each area. Mine looks like this:
1) Clothes, shoes, handbags
2) Sewing paraphernalia – material, patterns, habby and books
3) Paperwork and online filing
4) Online footprint
Find a note book and nut out a quick plan for each area you are going to sort. So you can do this at the top of each week or you can do a big one. I will create Luli’s Grand Plan. I can chunk it down further at the top of each week. I really need a quick win – so seeing a big plan will have an immediate calming effect. All the things that need attention will be out of my head and onto a page. So I won’t need to spend the hours between 4am and 8am trying to list them all out – over and over again.
For each area all you do is list what you want to achieve – and the steps that you need to take to get there. Consider the resources you need and include obtaining them in your task list. Oh yeah – create a task list! Don’t forget to put a lovely big Tick box by each task – so you can give yourself a life affirming – Getting Shit Done – TICK after each task is handled.
Get stuck in… There’s no time like the present. If you need equipment. Then get it – that should be at the top of your task list for each week – if you are reliant on someone else doing something so you can start. Then book them in first and get that done. Do it now – don’t hesitate or make a cup of tea. We haven’t earned it yet. Get the ladder to the attic from the back of the garage. Buy the bin sacks. Dig out the vacuum cleaner. Whatever you need to get after it.
As you tackle each area – you may need to create a 2nd – actions to close list. This will allow you to carry on with your sorting, cleaning, chucking without getting stuck. So if you end up with 10 bags of stuff to go to the charity shop – or a pile of things to put on free cycle or eBay – then put that on your Close Out List. Sort, bag, tag and keep moving.
Next Month we’ll deal with all the uploading, bonfire lighting and sewing room den making that we need to do to complete our Massive September SHIT SHOVELLING…
For now all we need to do is capture the action needed and keep moving on…
That’s it: Looks simple when you see it written down. You just need a notebook or flip chart and some determination.
Start by thinking what success looks like:
Overall success for me looks like the backs of my eyelids and it sounds like blissful snoring! It also looks like a tidy desk, an organised wardrobe and a new sewing room. I want space – in my home, on my computer and mobile devices and in my head. So that I can write, create – cook and do yoga as well as work and SLEEP!
I know exactly how I’ve ended up in such a pickle. Working from home can leave you rootless and boundary less and so you have all the time in the world – you get busy and you start shoving things any old where because it’s quick and it takes months and months before you actually go to look for something important, quickly and you can’t find it.
I want to be able to see my wearable clothes without feeling blue about the stuff that doesn’t fit or isn’t in season just now. I want to be able to work on some of my ideas – at the moment I have so many that I’m rendered immobile – circling around and around each one and all the steps I’d need to take to do it.
I swear if I’ve looked up pin badge manufacturers once I’ve done it a million times.
That’s a waste of energy – inefficient and crazy making.
An organised office and studio will go a long way to mitigate that feeling of being overwhelmed.
Every woman needs a space of her own – and time to be in that space with no agenda other than to be and to receive.
I can’t wait until the teen goes off to college. I’ll still need to figure out what to feed him and nag him to get in the shower but there is something inhibiting about a teen presence constantly in the house. Is it just me? Or do other women find that they pull focus? Even as they are locked in their rooms in a 24/7 fug of gaming, sweet wrappers and teen stench.