Happy Autumn! I am so happy it’s officially the fall of the year. I love the chill in the air in the morning and in the evening, and the reduced humidity.
My husband and I went out into the yard today with our cameras, looking for signs of fall. We still have a lot of green, but there are signs that the foliage will turn soon.
And here’s a wee acorn sprouting up on an oak tree branch.
Soon enough the acorns will be raining down, providing a vast supply for our neighborhood squirrels. And sometimes leaving little dents in my car.
I feel like fall is a new beginning. Maybe it’s because I went to school for so many years, but with the fall of the year, I get a yearning to start anew, to try new things, to get organized.
Lately, I’ve been finding pieces of wisdom about using our time wisely on the Internet and elsewhere. I haven’t been purposely looking for it as much as it just seems to have shown up.
I’ve been reminded about the preciousness of time, of how we’re all given the same amount of time, how we can easily make the excuse that we don’t have time to do something that is important.
On Sunday, I went to the store and bought some lavender legal pads and purple ink pens to use for creating lists and plans to help me achieve some things I want to achieve.
Why the special paper and pens? Well, I love office and school supplies. And I wanted something pretty and special to use for something so important.
I’m starting out with lists of what I want to accomplish, from the big, life-changing things to the small ones. I’m going to gradually break things down into doable goals that will help me plan each week as it comes.
I’m not starting from scratch. I’ve done this before on the job, when I worked as a health educator. At my current job, I keep a list, or budget, of the stories I need to follow in the future, then transfer those items to weekly lists.
I know what my priorities are. I know many of the things I want to accomplish.
It’s time I applied a more organized approach to the rest of my life.
Again, I’m not starting from scratch.
But I do have a new sense of urgency to not let time slip by any longer without me using it the best I can.
I won’t be giving up on spontaneity, and I won’t panic if I don’t follow to the letter everything I write down.
But my tendency is to procrastinate. My tendency is to think instead of act. My tendency is to push things aside for later. My tendency is to drift along, with no plan.
Some of this comes from having OCD. OCD used to rule my life so much, tell me what I had to do when, that I rebelled against routine.
Some of this comes from having depression. When you’re depressed, it’s hard to see the point in planning. It’s sometimes hard to have the energy or desire to do anything beyond the basics.
But I need more routine. I need a plan. I need accomplishments.
As the leaves change, as the weather changes, so I need to change. As the leaves drop off the trees, letting go for the winter, so I need to let go of certain habits.
I’ll share more as I move forward in this journey.
How do you ensure that you get the important things done?