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Tuesday
Nov052013

Organization

As my studies progress I am hounded by and forced to reckon with one of my big challenges in life--organizational skills. I have the skills but I tend toward maintaining a certain level of clutter. It's as if I need the struggle in order to keep engaged with a particular part of myself. It's a place where I meet my resistance.

Organizational experts will tell you--and I believe it to be true--that organization is the key to success in any area of life. Want to get a job promotion? Want to lose weight? Want to find a partner? Want to make more money? Whatever it is you want, to get more out of life the first step is to organize. Like many endeavors, there are large projects and small projects and breaking down projects into smaller bits can help to make them less daunting.

A good friend of mine has a technique toward those projects, and tackling resistance, that I have found works for me too: Commit to 15 minutes a day. Of course, once you get going, it often ends up that you work at that something for more than 15 minutes, but giving something regular, frequent attention makes it a priority and gives it momentum.

Through my studies I have found that making habits of small details can have a huge impact in getting organized and ends up saving me time and energy. For example, dating my notes, color coding information and keeping a list of formulas on the front page of my notebook are ways that simplify the use of my notes.

Since one's home is one's refuge, organization here is most important. Here's The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, In Pursuit of a simple, fabulous, imperfect life at home. It's a 31-day blog that guides you on a gentle home-organizing journey.

 

Thursday
Jun142012

Uneven Terrain

I'm struggling with something that should be soooo easy, especially given my just having completed something similar that was (or should have been?) more challenging. This is a good reminder that strengths and weaknesses, abilities and disabilities (within ourselves), insight and blindspots are not evenly distributed throughout our beings, they're not relevant 'across the board', almost never.

I built my website on SquareSpace in a matter of a couple weeks. When I had questions, I emailed tech support or looked for answers in their database of questions. Putting together the website was no more complicated than writing the content. There are a couple peices I'm leaving for my tech helper to do, but I got it to the point of up and running, workable, 98% done.

MailChimp, however, is another story. They, offer a wide variety of tech support methods--video tutorials, searchable database of FAQ, emailing tech support (with fast turn around on replies). The process for setting up forms and campaigns guides you through, step by step, having you select what you want and plug in your info. Should be cake, right?  But I'm finding I'm constrained by the overly-rigid format. (At least I think this is the problem, at this juncture.) I can't figure out how to get out of it what I need to have in place and I'm not finding the help that I need, even with all of these tech support options. I'm right now waiting on a reply to another email I sent out to tech support.....

This mirrors other things in life. You have the skills, knowledge and experience but something is a little different this time and it trips you up. You find yourself floundering in a sea when you had just entered a pool...how did that happen? It's a good place to manage frustration because no other people are around. Practice patience with yourself.  And actually, how awesome is it that these services come with free tech support! I have no dearth of things to do, so I get to finish some other project.