If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Getting my feet back under me

I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting it together. I must be, because I had an epiphany the other day. I never have epiphanies when I'm swamped with too many things. It must have something to do with being too busy for deep thoughts.

Anyway, I was frustrated because my house is always cluttered, I've been putting off schoolwork, and I haven't written regularly since November. I tend to think better with a keyboard under my fingers, and fifteen minutes or so of free writing got me down to the answer: latent perfectionism. I've always thought of myself as a 'good enough for government work' kind of girl. I cut myself a lot of slack, but apparently that's a defensive rationalization. (Like these $5.00 words? They sound all clinical, don't they? Have I ever mentioned my first major in college was psychology? Sorry--I seem to have ADOB* today.) What I realized was that because I can't dig in and get my house/writing/certification done in an afternoon, I find them easier to put off. I can break some things into smaller chunks, but apparently, those three activities need even smaller pieces or I'll never get on top of them. The certification I'll eventually finish; the house and writing are on-going and will most likely be with me until I breathe my last. For now, I've lowered my expectations a little and am calling any movement in those areas good. Maybe I can build up momentum and actually finish something.

*Attention Deficit---Oooh, Butterfly!



Blogger Jean said...

Perhaps strangely, I find a combination of David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) and Flylady works pretty well for me.

GTD focuses not only on the task list, but identifying the next action you must accomplish to move the task along. Certainly, Flylady's program assists with that.

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