Strategic Fail

I’ve lost site on my One Little Word for 2017. Focus. I am beginning to even wonder of that is a possibility as I can’t even remember if I took my medications in the morning. I wrote about being hyper vigilant when it come to my weight…weighing in with extra pounds is not being hyper vigilant in any capacity.

May it should be more Laser Focused.

But how?

I need a new game plan! (and a planner)

Kon Mari

I drank the kool-aid friends. I finally caught up with the KonMari craze that swept the nation about three years ago. If you have been hiding under your clutter and don’t know what I’m talking about – well, let me ‘esplain,

Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit book shelves in 2014. Heck, she even has an app for that. The book is described (per her website) as a “best selling guide to decluttering your home.” I’m in.

Emphasis though is on tidying up – in categories.  The first being Clothing, then Books, followed by Paper, then Komono (miscellaneous areas like the kitchen pantry) and lastly, sentimental items.  Marie recommends to gather all similar belongings – dump it ALL on the floor and start purging.

Marie also recommends going through the categories in a rather rapid pace. Umm, yea, that is just not going to happen for me. I adapted her process by spending no more than an hour of my weekend on an item in a category. For instance, under Clothing there are tops; bottoms; dresses; outerwear; socks; so forth. And I didn’t go the floor thing, I was worried I would not be able to get back up.

I had purged a majority of my clothing the previous year using an approach of having 44 items in my closet so working on the clothing was not a long process. I did, however, have an over abundance of socks.

In July I am tackling books. They are everywhere, bookcases, floor, dresser, side table…oy!  This could prove to be interesting.

lissy

Dealing with Clutter

There are all sorts of clutter to deal with – some you create yourself and some created by others.  I will never embrace minimalism, it’s not in my bones. However, I’ve noticed lately that I am spending quality energy and way too many spoons moving my crap around. I was recently talking this over with my research assistant Mrs. Monkey and she is dealing with the same issue.

What to do? I have help each month with the vacuuming of the stairs, vacuuming my bedroom, and cleaning my master bath. This is just one less thing that I have to deal with. However, my packrat tendencies are starting to become too much to deal with.  Srsly, how much washi tape does this girl need? I believe that I truly want for nothing. I’m very lucky to be able to wipe my own a$$ and take care of my most basic needs (a place to rest, cover my bills, etc).

What used to be a simple task of tidying up is now a battle between my self and my energy. There are many weekend mornings when I get up before everyone else and I will cleanup my messes…but that also means that I have spent a great amount of my energy for the day – and if I have errands and appointments, egads I’m done for.

This has now become intervention level crisis (in my mind at least) and I’m looking for a solution.  How do I do this without becoming a hoarder!?

 

 

Someday, I will…

Here we are, the last installment of my four part series on the Eisenhower Method for Chronics. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Let’s wrap this up, shall we?

In this post, I will share about the Someday portion of the method. In most of the charts and explanations I have found on this sort of planning, this becomes the trash section. I want to think of it as the “when I have the extra energy, I would like to get this done” list. Someday, I would like to “watch the Netflix documentary on Minimalism”  or “I need to organize my DVD’s”.  See where I’m going with this?

For myself, if it doesn’t have a spot to write it down, it’s lost to the cosmos forever.  Then again, I get lost trying to find my ass.   I offer one additional piece of advice to accompany this list. Keep a notebook to store your Someday list.  It will be there for those days that you want to feel productive but need a task that won’t zap you right out of spoons.

I want to thank you all how have joined me on this little journey of  planning for chronics. I truly hope this has become a valuable tool to keep you on track.

But wait, there’s more!  I have SOMETHING for you…so exciting! A PRINTABLE…yassss! I am launching a bimonthly newsletter this year and would love for you to be a part of the journey. When you click to sign up, (click on the Receive Updates below) you will get a Eisenhower Method for Chronics printable to start your own journey of planning.

Love to hear your feedback as well – let me know if this method helps you or frustrates you.

lissy

 

Progress Not Perfection

So, after thousands of dollars and a horrid night’s sleep for a home health test, the results are in.  Yours truly has no significant result’s pointing to any kind of apnea. I was off the charts – in the negative sense.  I do however have insomnia. Srsly? I could have told them that. My GP would like me to see a psychiatrist – ha ha ha no. I am booking an appointment my naturopath lady!

In other health related news, I lost two pounds! Recently, Mrs. Monkey and I were talking about being hyper vigilant.  It’s my term for being crazy focused on a fixed item. I started with doing the Low Carb and just felt lost.  I switched it up recently and it paid off.

I am now making sure I reach a daily goal of walking at a minimum of five thousand steps. With that, I cut my calorie intake, portion control, drank a boatload of water and tracked the heck out of it all. Luckily, the peeps at Fitbit make it all possible with their app.

I would have been beyond ecstatic if I had lost just a half of a pound, but two! Amazeballs!

lissy

 

Unplugged

Last year I took on this challenge and failed miserably.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I made it eight hours.

So why do it again? Because I can. At 6:30pm today I will be handing over My Precious into the capable hands of Mother Superior and will be begging on my hands and knees for it back at 6:30pm Saturday.  TWENTY-FOUR hours!

I will be occupying my time doing things I should be doing all along…reading a good book, painting, crafting, plannernating (that’s a word for the creative planning) and maybe a nap…or two.

You still have time to join.

And if I make it the whole day…I’M BUYING A PLANNER!

lissy

Yes, I am aware

(begin rant)

Over the last couple of months I have seen all my specialists and even brought in a new one to deal with.  One common connection…”you need to lose weight”.

Yes, I am aware.

Not one word that my blood tests came back with an indication that I’m showing dehydration in my blood but nonetheless, I’m fat.  Thanks for playing docs! My chronic illness didn’t come with the weight loss package!

I won’t lie. I’m feeling a bit defeated right now. The change in my eating habits has resulted in less bloating and a bit more energy but no real weight loss as of yet. I do notice that I am not drinking enough water and need to step that up.

Meh. I’m off to do some self care research so I don’t eat my weight in gluten!

(end rant)

lissy

How to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Just short of a month from now it will be Spring…somewhere…because I live in the armpit of hell and we don’t have seasons.  Anyway, I wanted to share how I am going to tackle my Spring Cleaning this year.  You know what this is right? The annual “throw open the windows and let the fresh air of the new season waft through your home as you are scrubbing the baseboards to a brilliant shine!”

Hahaha…no.

In my former rabbit paced life, that would have been the scenario. There is no cleaning of the home from top to bottom for three days for me anymore. I do have help with major parts of the home that allow me to utilize the FlyLady’s method of cleaning one area each week. (and yes, I have stickers for that). Since I still hold down a 9 to 5 job, I do pay to have help around the house. However, there areas that are strictly mine to take care of.

Last year, I took 52 areas/spots in my living space to tackle and even joined in with a cleaning/de-clutter event held by one of favorite planner peeps. This year, I am picking on area to work on. One. My fugly patio. It’s just bad. Dead plants, cushions losing their fabric, rusted garden tools bad!

Now here’s the first thing I did…ready, pre-planning. (yes, I love planning #allthethings!). I took a look around my patio and identified all the items that needed to be cleaned, trashed, replaced, repaired and even added a few items to purchase.  Then I sat down with my calendar and picked two Saturdays that I don’t have other plans. I overdo and I didn’t want my Saturday filled with errands and cleaning. I picked a date for the removal of trash, then a date of sweeping and clearing the cobwebs, and so forth. By the time I’m done it will be Spring!

Next month, I will update you with professional looking before and after’s worthy of HGTV.  No, not really, but one can wish.

lissy