I’m a failed participant in at least two productivity schemas–GTD and Flylady most recently. I’ve been trying to think about why I failed at those programs and what would be the best approach for me. The thing is, in my work life, I’m pretty darn organized. I make lists. I plan well in advance. I keep a good schedule. I communicate with colleagues when necessary.
On the home front, things are less organized. I had great plans a year ago. And while I kept up the pace for a while once school began, all it really took was a couple of longer than normal days to throw me off. I didn’t stress about the home front, however. I just let it go. I kept things at a minimum level I could deal with (which is pretty good). But now I want to simplify. I want to purge the stuff that I don’t need. I want to remember to make those appointments (and remember when they are after I make them). I don’t want thoughts that I might have forgotten something disrupt the work I need to get done.
There are things from my previous failed attempts that I like, and that I think are doable. Taking 15 minutes to declutter an area is completely doable. Making lists (sometimes while decluttering) is something I’m good at. Getting the rest of the family to pitch in? Hit or miss. So I’m going to try to do just those two things this summer. Declutter in 15 minute intervals–even if it’s just once a day. Make lists. Cross stuff off the lists. Relax.