Christine over at 100things100days is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking writers I’ve read. She’s got a great post that I swear she might have climbed into my head and taken notes for. Go check it out and come on back (after you read my comment on her post).
Go ahead… I’ll wait… (I’ve got a couple things to do while you’re over there, anyway.)
A big part of the reason I started the repurposedKate blog was to create accountability by sharing my mental list of to-dos with whomever cares to take a look at my fine mess and declaring my ambition to tidy it up with an invitation to come back later and view the results. This IS NOT the anxiety-free technique, not even a little bit.
But… When a girlfriend stopped by for a short visit about a week ago and asked what I’ve been up to, for the first time I can remember in years–nay! for the first time in maybe a decade or more–my answer was not a variation or derivative of “not too much” accompanied with a shoulder shrug and a change of subject. Instead, I rambled on and on about starting a blog and about blog buddies. I told her about the first project in my weekly clutter-busting series here that shows my mess on Wednesday and the same space un-cluttered or repurposed on Monday. I was showing her my most recently made bracelet design and going on about the then-up-coming launch of my Etsy storefront when she apologized for not having time to stay longer to hear more about all that I’ve “been up to” and started toward the door. Her visit was over and I was still talking about all that I am doing or have been getting done.
I was dragging my feet getting to the “open shop” stage of my Etsy set up… Until I hinted at it two or three times. I can hardly believe that I am actually doing something I have dreamed of doing for years, but had cheated myself out of the thrill of doing it by keeping it to myself. I procrastinated getting to the work of organizing the warehouse until I started the weekly challenge. My Sweetheart had to help me finish, but I had the Etsy launch and another couple of projects underway at the time. By the time the Weekly project was ready to photograph for the Monday reveal all of the other projects (except the launch) were complete!
Now, I try to focus on what I am getting done more than on what I need to do. Right now I feel like I may be on the verge of a stroke due to the anxiety of thinking of all of this stuff all at once (and while trying to hurry up and got off the computer and out the door for an important early morning puppy delivery). But I know that it’s going to pass and I’m not going to have a stroke and by the time the sun sets again I’ll have transformed a couple more to-dos into to-dones.
Hopefully I’ll get that new necklace design finished by then, too. (See how I just did that accountability thing again? I just have to sneak up on myself with it!)