So today I decided to put my best foot forward...does not really matter which foot it was, they both are connected to me and my ADD...but as long as one is stepping forward is all that matters.
I've been in quite a funk for a few weeks.
I know the impending holidays had much to do with it, even though I say I won't get caught up in it, I do. I'm not all about the gifts and money aspect, and I hate the commercialism side of it, but I do enjoy giving to others and especially to the kids and grand kids. So there is trying to save, robbing Peter to pay Paul, and all of that, finding time to shop, DOING the actual shopping, wrapping, planning, scheduling, decorating bla bla bla.
Today I am reverting back to a trick that has always helped me...setting goals for the day. Ideally they should be small goals, but today, since things are pretty much in disarray around here, they are big. The kitchen has once more become a disaster. I KNOW dirty dishes are capable of reproducing themselves...they HAVE to be because where do they keep coming from? Oh yea, because I don't practice another "trick" taught to me by my mom...clean up as you go. I do well for a while...I really do...then "something" happens and I lose my follow-through. The result: an entire kitchen full of dishes and counter tops full of hardened spills.
This is ADD for me...lots of good intentions...much trouble carrying them out.
The other goal for today is getting my Christmas tree "undecorated", down, and out to the sidewalk. I don't HAVE to do it today. The world won't end if I don't, but the garbage goes out tonight and the tree gets picked up with it as well on that day. So my motivation is not wanting it out there blowing around and shedding needles for another whole week. I also know the livingroom will look much less threatening with that big empty space there. I hope against hope that the site of a more open room will motivate more "undecorating" and subsequent cleaning.
Hope against hope.
The task though is overwhelming. The thick trail of needles through the living room that my broken down sweeper will resist sucking up, bringing boxes from the cellar and putting all the ornaments away, taking them back down.
(mental note to resist at all costs stacking the packed boxes by the cellar door until "later")
I set my goals this morning...then I got the idea to start an ADD blog.
Red flag distraction.
But I did initiate the new blog in record time. It was difficult to resist going into all the special design options. I could easily sit here all day doing that...one of my "hyperfocus areas" is computer and blog crafting. But I was able to contain myself, keeping in mind that best foot I decided to put forward, and I kept it simple.
Then, I'm happy to report, I got all the dishes done and put away. Well all except for the silverware...still working on that. I usually lose my "dishes" motivation by the time I get to the silverware and leave it for later. Later is usually when someone complains there are no clean forks.
I also folded a load of wash that was piled next to the dryer on a chair for a week. YAY! And washed a load of my elderly dog's incontinence pads. (Hopefully I remember to transfer them to the dryer before they dry in the washer)
All that's left that is a real necessity is cleaning the counter tops.
In the kitchen.
I also folded blankets that were crumpled on the furniture and gathered trash...and WHAT...more cups? I'm working on clearing the dining room table off so I can have room to pile ornaments on and put away. In between I ate standing up...pork and sauerkraut a week old...tasted ok...I guess it was ok. I suppose I'll find out if it wasn't.
Now the tree.
I'll check back with my progress...
Well...about five hours later the tree is out on the sidewalk. I'm exhausted and my back hurts. I had no sleep (I work nights) and so I'm thinking I should probably get my nap in before I go back in tonight...
I skimp on sleep regularly. I feel like I'm wasting time and missing something when I sleep...and I AM...I'm missing sleep, but not wasting any more time than I do while awake...in fact not nearly any at all! For me to see it that way with complete dedication though...not happening soon...
Thanx for sharing my day...nap time...