|Do Not Judge This Book by its Cover! The book was written in 1983. The concepts still apply today, although I will NOT be wearing a flowing dress and nor twinkling my toes around my house while I do my work. (smiles)|
Ok, this is like Day 1 for me all over again. A new start, and for Heaven's sake where does one start on this venture of mine? At first I thought I must read and be totally somehow experience what Elizabeth Gilbert experienced, but in my home town of Mesa, Arizona. Well, guess what? That didn't work. No surprise there. Then I ventured into my own dreamlike state of just "being" in my goal. To me that means just finding things each day that I could use to move toward my goal, random things that were happening around me ... It was fun and rewarding, but truly did not require much work on my part. I would just see the lesson and apply it to my goals.
That experience was good for me, a pre-run let's say for the marathon that will better describe this coming year for me. As I have mentioned before, I sprint. That long-distance stuff is for better people than me. It is not my forte. One of my talents however, is to be organized ... well, at least I like to be organized and I appreciate it in other people. One thing I know about organized people is that they have structure. I understand people in general do well when they know what to expect and what the routines are.
I am such a free-spirit that structure for me would actually bring me peace and harmony. Is it possible to crave a routine like one would chocolate? Oh, my. I think I've hit on something. I want a routine. I need a routine. I crave a routine. ... Good, now that that true confession is out of my way, let's get started.
Today, I am going to read "The Creation Plan: A Seven-Day Approach to Guilt-Free Homemaking". I have read it before and it is a system that has worked for me in the past. I don't need to "create" something new to get organized with my housework, which is in sore need of attention after the holidays.
After reading it (Goal #1), I am going to apply the principles for Monday, incidentally a day for cleaning and organizing (Goal #2). One of the things I like about this book is that if you don't get something done on the assigned day, another Monday show up again next week. Since the work is only to be done on Mondays (as an example), then I don't have to worry about that particular chore again for a week. Tuesday will bring me a different chore to focus on.
Now, for me, this is structure. Does it get me to my ultimate goals listed above. You betcha! (smiles)