I'm currently reading Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider. I've been following Tsh's blog, Simple Mom, for a few years now and really enjoy it. I had her book on my To Read list for awhile and finally picked it up when a local bookstore closed.
When I was reading the chapter about creating a family purpose statement, a quote really opened my eyes to something. She quotes Chareles E. Hummel, "stating that the greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important." This statement really summed up so much of what's been going on with my life. I've been spending so much time and energy on the tasks that are time consuming but not important. At the end of the day I feel like nothing was accomplised and my list of projects kept growing.
So I decided to set some goals for this month to focus on the things I feel our important.
1. Exercise daily for 30 minutes 5x week.
2. Go to bed by 10:30 pm
3. Spend 30 minutes 3x week reading
4. Spend only 30 minutes daily on email & blog reading
5. Pick one challenge blog and particate weekly
6. Spend 15 minutes 4x week organizing digital photos
7. Have one game night each week with kids
8. Set date in June and prepare for garage sale & mom2mom sale
Most of my goals focus on how I spend my time during the day. I've been letting too much time get wasted away because I hear the "you got mail" dinger, or because I get sidetrack when looking up something on-line. I now have a kitchen timer by my computer and in my craft room. Some steps make a big difference and if I work on things in smaller doses then I will not neglect other areas of life.