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18 Jan

The Head Ache

"Headache" via Wikipedia

“Every time someone breaks a resolution, an angel does a faceplant.” – Unknown

Did you even notice?  The day I was stressing about missing in there? Yep.  Up until two days ago I had a perfect streak going on with my Post  A Day 2011 challenge.  I usually don’t get to posting until late at night so there are a few days where I posted a few minutes after midnight and they show up on the next day, but as far as I’m concerned they still count as successes for me.

But man…Sunday I had a migraine to beat all migraines (headaches seem to be making themselves comfy as a theme in my life right now), and even though I already knew what I was going to write about for the day, I just couldn’t get myself to stare at the computer screen for long enough to do it.

So, you know what I did? I got up the next day and wrote the post.  Kept going.  I didn’t call the thing a disaster and give up in frustration. It’s sometimes hard with goals to find that balance between perfect responsibility, nazi like structure and accountability and forgiving ourselves… and then maybe forgiving ourselves once too often, and then deciding to tell ourselves that we really don’t care at all.

So I just wanted to acknowledge the point, that yes…I’m human (and I plan on staying that way).  I expect that I will miss another day or two during the year.  But having experienced it, and knowing  that I will keep going makes the whole thing a little less scary.  Because life is often one big balancing act and what works for me won’t work for you, and sometimes what works for me today, isn’t what worked for me yesterday.  The point is progress.  The point is, I’m doing this for a reason well a few, actually – and none of them include the word perfection.

Pick your battles. Don’t make your goals more important than enjoying life.  Ok, yes it was pain that drove me away this time. But I’d like to think I’d let myself off for an occasional night if the choice was between blogging and ice-cream with my niece or a date with prince charming.  Otherwise, just who the hell am I working so hard at perfection for?

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Simplification = Life Multiplied

15 Apr

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away”

 – Antione De Saint-Exupery

I’ve been giving alot of thought to simplifying my life recently.  Being unemployed and feeling so overwhelmed with things.  Things to do, things to buy, things to trip over.  I went through my closet last week as I do on probably a semi yearly basis to clean things out….but for some reason this time it doesn’t seem like enough.  I can’t wait to have a minute to get in there again.  More gone. More gone.  I’ve also done a re-evaluation of things that I really need or use.  Since I’m not using the couch….it’s up on craigslist.  Other things have come off the walls and out of closets in preparation for photographing and listing as well.  The second computer, and the tv will probably go too since they are doing little more than taking up space. 

The biggest challenge then is my office clutter.  I need one massive organizing, shredding session.  I already was able to reduce the amount of files I need to keep by half.  That means the cats can stop playing jungle gym on the hanging file display, that’s outta here too. 

We’ll see what else get’s jostled in the game of less Simplifyis more.  A couple of sites that have helped me look at things a lot differently are:

Unclutterer  (Tips on less is more, productivity, etc.  Pretty much addicted to this right now!)

LifeHacker (An oldy, but a goody…you may not use all the tips and it’s more productivity based, but when they get it right, they really get it right!

43 Folders (I used to be much more of a loyal follower of this blog….but only time to follow so many.  Great for the basics and organizing it all.)

Real Simple (The magazine that makes life simple has a website that does the same!)

Multiple computer crashes have also prompted me to move more and more to online based EVERYTHING!  (Writing this from the library right now where I will then look up budget laptops to replace the one that’s in peices all over M’s apartment. (sigh) There goes that extra cash from the couch!

Anyway…if you know of any great sites, books or tips for uncluttering and simplifying I’d love to hear them.

-R

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