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

 

Part 2: Important

Webster’s Dictionary defines Important as marked by or indicative of significant worth. In last month’s series we spoke about urgent tasks and now here comes important.  Last month I talked about Urgent tasks, and those are the “put out the damn fire” task items.  Important tasks for me are those pesky “I gotta do this” to do’s.

For instance, I have four phone calls to make this week.  I would add them to my planner but with no red star to signify urgency. Don’t get me wrong here, these are items that have to be completed this week. If I find that I’m simply procrastinating, I can quickly turn these over to the Urgent side with simple red star.

Again, I have to say that determining what is urgent and important will be up to you and your needs. This exercise is individual driven but I think it lightens the load a little when you seem to have days when you have a flare and you can pop open the planner to see if there is anything requires your attention.

This has become a huge help to me as many of my plans often go astray. I just want to be able to know that before I crash out on my lovely bed, I’ve taken care of what needs to be done.

What do you consider Urgent versus Important? Share your thoughts in the comments below

lissy

 

My Dog Eats Better Than Me

Seriously, she does. My pampered pouch enjoys a rather gluten-free, non-gmo eating life. Even her treats are natural!  Her hooman on the other hand is the fast-food queen of Central Arizona.  Why is  this big huge disparity? Well, she has no thumbs and is handed a bowl of food and told to eat!

I know a lot of issues with health today are linked to what foods you eat (whether you believe this or not, I’m not open for a debate). This said, I’ve got to develop an “Eat Right or Die” attitude towards what I put in my body. My research assistant Mrs. mOnkey, has introduced me to a ketogenic lifestyle. From what she has shared with me and my own research, ketogenics has been known to help those with fibromyalgia and aid in the healing of the numerous side effects our diagnosis comes with. It’s similar to Atkins with the low-carb, high fat food choices.

There is just one major issue…I have to cook…like food and eat veggietables. Ugh. Notice I didn’t call it a diet.  Diet is a restrictive word that immediately puts my brain on high alert to seek out all the chocolate in the house…we don’t want that now do we?  Instead, it will be a lifestyle choice.  I will choose to eat crudité for snacks sans the ranch dressing dip. I will endeavor to broaden my cooking skills by cooking a keto-friendly meal for me and my family. I will buy grass-fed cow butter and pick fresh, real food over greasy carb loaded curly fries.

Something has to change and sadly, I see, it is me. Why did I have to pick “focus” for my word of the year!?

Urgent

Now that I have your attention…let’s talk about planning.

I know for my self that the best laid plans of mice and women often go astray! This has lead me to the Eisenhower Method for planning and I want to share it with you. There is a quote out there in the world attributed to the General Dwight D. Eisenhower that loosely states “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

I have seen many systems of time management over the course of my professional career. Franklin Covey, Bullet Journal, Crisis Management, you name it.  I work in an industry that is driven by time sensitive data and date driven closing days. Though I personally have moved to other departments…this is my daily life.

For this series, I wanted to share with you my quirky version of this method. Depending upon the multitude of sources, the Eisenhower method generally consists of four parts: 1) Urgent  2) Important 3) Delegate and 4) Stop.  Since my life comprises of no support staff, I’ve removed Delegate and have Note To Self and Stop is now Some Day.

In this post, I will begin with Urgent.  What would be an urgent task? For me, it is making doctor appointments, refilling medications, calling the doctor to make sure the medications are refilled, filling an empty gas tank and so forth. These are the “kitchen is on fire” type of tasks. Think of it as tasks that need to be completed immediately. When I plan, these tasks are notated with a red star next to it so my fogged-up brain knows to deal with that task first.

Determining what is Urgent versus Important will be up to the individual. What may be Urgent to me could be a Note To Self for others. {Which is the whole point to this method}. For example, let’s take going to the post office. Would this be Urgent or Important. The scenario is this…I have four medical co-payments to mail and a birthday card to mail but the date is two weeks away – and of course, I forgot stamps.  I would list “Pay med bills” and “purchase stamps” with a little red star on my planner while “mail birthday card” would be listed later as it doesn’t carry urgency for me.

As you review your daily to do’s, begin to ask yourself, “Is this Important?” “Is this Urgent?”

Next month, let’s delve into determining what is Important.

lissy

Here’s the song that is playing in my head as I write this

 

The Gypsy Soul with an Accountant Heart

Oh I yearn to be a wild & free bohemian woman – a wild at heart kind of woman. Who throws caution to the wind and goes with the flow.  But I’m not. I may stick my nose up at you and go on my own journey but I do so with utter caution that would drive a saint crazy.

I have an opportunity at this time of my life to lean away from the norm and forge my own path. I think it is time to embrace with weirdness I’ve held aside and become a tree-hugging, carnivore, free-spirited middle-aged spinster I am meant to be.

As the year comes to a close, I am reflecting upon how some things are changing and how much of what I do remains the same. There has been much progress with my health. Yet, there is so much more I need to change (the whole “take your vitamins” & “drink your water” thing).

Next week is Halloween, but for us Celts it’s the beginning of a new year in the Celtic calendar. I am going to use this time to work on new goals and take some to time to really delve into what I want to accomplish with my life over the next three months to three years and beyond.

Are you ready for the new year? Why wait till January? Let’s start now!!

 

A Road Less Travelled

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Words & Images

I have mentioned before that there are many stories and pictures that inspire me or I can relate to in some ways as a person with chronic illness. These images I can not provide due to copyright, so I’ll give you an A to Zed list of words, or books, heroines and the such. You can also check out my Pinterest board that contain a whole lot of the following…

A – Alice in Wonderland

B – birdcages

C – comfy

D – drugs (medicinal ones)

E – energy (I has none)

F – fat

G – (Oscar) The Grouch

H – Honey Badger

I  – I miss the person I used to Be

J – Jealous

K – Kindred Spirits

L – Laughter is medicine

M – (Bad) Medicine – Bon Jovi

N – Nightime, is the worse time

O – One Spoon at A Time

P – Princess and the Pea

Q – Won’t Quit, Can’t Quit

R – Rest

S – Self Care

T – Turtle paced life

U – Spoonies Unite!

V – Venting

W – Weekends spent in jammies

X – (srsly can’t find anything to relate to X)

Y – Y indeed!

Z – I need more ZZZZzzzzzZZzzz’s

Invisble Illness Week 2016

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Thirty Things About My Illness

Thirty things about my invisible illness you may not know

1. The illness I live with is: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2012
3. But I had symptoms since: 2010-2011ish
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: slowing down
5. Most people assume: I am being anti-social
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Not feeling rested
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Blacklist, NCIS
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: iPhone
9. The hardest part about nights are: falling asleep, I toss and turn for hours
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) 21 <–> 4
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: used acupuncture and massage therapy
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: neither
13. Regarding working and career: I am looking into work from home employment
14. People would be surprised to know: I quit antidepressants cold turkey
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the limitations
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: speak up for myself
17. The commercials about my illness: are stupid, the pain never goes away
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: running
19. It was really hard to have to give up: being busy, all the time
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Planners of all sorts
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: probably sleep
22. My illness has taught me: to enjoy the small things
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: you and your hangups
24. But I love it when people: You have done enough, it’s ok to rest
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I’ll Get There, Eventually
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: I am here if you need to talk
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: adjusting to change
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: cleaned my house
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: it’s part of my life and I wanted to share my story
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: understood & accepted

Invisble Illness Week 2016

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