You'll all recall this post about my desire to get more organized and to make more room for good things in my life, right? Well, go read it ... I'll wait ...
Are you back? Okay, 'cause it's time for an update.
The first few days of Chalene Johnson's challenge were spent talking about the importance of goal setting, etc. I was a little disappointed at that - I already know how to goal set, and I was ready to get into some real meat right off the bat. But then I realized that for many people, having a slow introduction was best, so I did the small daily assignments and just waited for the really good stuff.
That started for me when we were assigned to make our to-do list. Chalene, the teacher, said to write down every single thing that needed to be done and that was preying on our minds, and then to go through and mark them for "must do today or there will be disastrous consequences" or "must do this week" or "must do soon." Then you take the really heavy-duty stuff, put it on that day's list, and then throw on a few things that will help get you to your major goals. When you've done everything on your list, you're done for the day and you can play. Anything that comes to mind that you need to do goes on your to-do list to add on to the next day - or that day, if it's majorly important.
I have to say, that first day, I really felt the power of organization. I got so much done that day, I can't even tell you. Little things I'd been meaning to do suddenly found themselves done. I finished an edit, I got some housework done, my kids actually got my full attention ... it was great. I went to bed that night feeling empowered.
I'm sorry to say that the next morning, I wasn't feeling ultra healthy, and I lost a little of my groove. But I worked the system all week, and I really think I got a lot more done than I ever would have on my own. You write down everything that comes to mind, and then you organize it and get it done in a time frame that makes the most sense.
I just got done making my to-do list for tomorrow. I will feel very accomplished when I cross everything off it - I'm really looking forward to having that feeling of success again.