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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Looking Forward to a New Year

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Hello dear readers,

I have to share with you today my joy of organizing. In fact, I am obsessed. I recently wrote about this in a post called OCD or Organized? That is the Question after realizing that I may be over doing my systematizing.

I am taking it a step further today, by sharing that yes, I indeed have a problem - and it's not OCD. I keep trying all of these ways to organize my productivity, meaning my thoughts and ideas for writing, my novel, my homeschool records, and my recipe book in particular. I've tried notebooks, note cards, online document, apps and nothing seems to be working.

My husband, with a chuckle, reminded me that any of those methods are fine, I just have to do the work and keep putting it together so I can build on it. I took most of the day to process this information.

I have decided binders are the way for me to store and expand data. I like several aspects of this system. For one, I enjoy the ability to have online and hand written entries mixed together, especially as I am actively developing ideas. I like being able to move them around as I wish and update them to recycle previous iterations. I like everything being in one place that I can get to and store easily. A binder does all of these things.

However, that discovery is only one aspect of this challenge. Now I have to do the work. Not only putting the information in the system, but then letting it rest. I need to be able to reliably go back to the material, knowing I have the most updated copies of my work and I will be able to find what I am looking for.

I don't feel like I am productive unless I'm running myself crazy. This is a perspective I must shift. There is lots going on, even while I am resting. For it is in these quiet moments that the next development often becomes apparent. I need to balance my time for work, rest and life by clearing away the clutter - both physical and mental.

So, that is what I am doing. The first step is to pack away all the Christmas decorations. This is always a slightly sad thing, especially the lights, but it is necessary. Then I have several piles of untouched materials that need going through so they are not in my way or a distraction. This time between Christmas and New Years is the perfect intermission to take care of these things.

My intention is to wait until the first of the year to start on my focused revisions for my novel, but I find myself seeking it out. I finished going through my files so everything is up to date and ready for the next step. This makes me so happy. It's a tangible step forward and I'm ready to go.

I need this time of organization to help me set myself up for success. I am proving to myself that I can stay calm, I can be still, I can be productive and still rest. I can be there for myself, my husband and my daughter. I can do it, I just have to stay organized. This is where it all starts, a whole new year. I am so looking forward to it.

What are you looking forward to for this upcoming year? How are you preparing yourself for it? I am sending you warm blessings of clarity, encouragement and confidence to help you on your way.


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