After feeling slightly overwhelmed by my growing to-do list at home, at work, on the internet, and in the foreseeable future, I decided the only way to fight that feeling was to become more organized. Step one? Email consolidation. I went through over 600 of them, sorting them out into classified folders for easy reference, deleting most, deleting a whole email account, and then starting a new email address for this blog and another for Seasoned Quarterly art (exciting stuff coming soon!) I'll be phasing out my old personal account this year, and staying on top of sorting and deleting as emails roll in.
Next, I decided I needed to pick which things I want and need to do every single day.
Wants? Take photographs, blog, spin yarn, read, eat a nice dinner with Jamie.
Needs? Keep up on dishes/laundry, respond to emails in a timely fashion, take care of our creatures.
And that still leaves a lot of other things that don't always fall into either category, but are always fueled by (manic) interest and motivation. Seasoned Quarterly, my Etsy shop, socializing with friends...
So this is my new goal: Striking Balance. And I know I've mentioned this a lot here, but now I feel like I know how to do that in my life. I'm going to treat my afternoons at home like I treat my mornings at work- divide the hours up into specific allotments, all in an effort to not get burned out. Do you have any of your own tips and tricks to share?
*Addendum: I just popped over to the SouleMama blog tonight. It seems Amanda and I have the same thought when it comes to spinning. Wool rug in a rocking chair is where it's at! Nice and comfy on the tush, and a good rocking motion to accompany the rhythm of the pedal. I had a chuckle when I saw that.*