Monthly Archives: October 2011

So much time, so little to do — strike that, reverse it!

So much time, so little to do — strike that, reverse it!

Why is it that there is always so many things to do, but our time never seems to be enough to hold it all? I know that, for me, a lot of it is priorities and procrastination. When the minor things pick at my time by seconds and minutes, the major things end up being squeezed out. I need to remember to make wise choices in every area of life, including eating, time uses, and everything else.

How do you make sure to fit in all the major things you need to do each day? Tips and tricks welcome!

Purex 3-in-1 Sheets

Purex 3-in-1 Sheets


I discovered Purex 3-in-1 sheets several months ago through a “nearly free” deal at CVS. These have detergent in one part of the sheet and fabric softener in another. The detergent is released by the water in the washer, while the softener is released by the heat in the dryer.

I have also discovered that, like most detergents, their recommended amount is more than necessary to achieve a reasonable clean. Therefore, I have been cutting the sheets in half and using a half per load, and having good results. This means that a “22 load” box of sheets will last me 44 loads!

Procrastination

Procrastination


A friend of mine compared procrastination to kudzu. You know, that green stuff that grows so fast that some have said you can actually *watch* it grow, and if you aren’t careful to root it out immediately, it will take over your world.

I find this a very apropos comparison. Procrastination, if one allows even a tiny root to take hold, will increase itself exponentially until it takes over your world.

The problem with procrastination, though, is that sometimes it imitates other things. Someone who is not very familiar with kudzu might think that the plant, when it is small, is pretty. They might think it is something they planted, or that they want in their garden, and therefore leave it, only to realize too late what a mistake that was.

Procrastination often comes in the form of good things. Writing a blog post, for instance, is a good thing. If, however, I am doing it instead of something higher on my priority list, then it becomes procrastination. There is nothing wrong with running to the store, if shopping is required; but if the item isn’t going to be needed until next week and I have laundry, business work, and school to which I should be attending, then it becomes procrastination.

It is important to know what is most important in one’s list of things to do so that the things that need most to be done will get done and so that procrastination can be recognized – and rooted out – immediately.

How do you motivate yourself?

How do you motivate yourself?

We all have days where the most we want to do is coast, not really caring about whether anything gets accomplished or not. Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that things need to be done, and it is unlikely – for most of us – that anyone else will do your job(s). Therefore, it is necessary that we find some way to motivate ourselves to “do the next thing” whether we feel like it or not.

I have found that I usually can’t “motivate” myself, per se, but that I have to just push myself to do what I know needs to be done, whether I feel like it or not. Momentum and inertia work – once you get the body moving, it is easier to keep moving; the longer you leave the body at rest, the more it desires to stay at rest.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” If you are diligent and give your all to whatever it is you need to do, you are only doing what you should. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

How do you motivate yourself?

Sunday Comics

Sunday Comics


There’s just something about the Sunday comics. Colorful, either amusing or thought-provoking, and a long-standing tradition, Sunday comics are the quintessential Sunday morning (or afternoon, if you end up running late in the morning) activity. Not only are they enjoyable reading material, but they also double as wrapping paper in a pinch.

Critters on the Loose (Fiction Friday)

Critters on the Loose (Fiction Friday)

I took a story starter from ThinkQuest.org.

Goats, sheep and chickens belong on the farm, not in the middle of a four-lane interstate road. Applying the brake, I eased my truck to the shoulder. As I stepped out, the animals began to scatter. I knew it would be pointless to chase them, as they would only run farther, so I stopped to think. Glancing into the truck bed, my eye fell on the bag of dog food I had purchased in town. Tearing open the top, I grabbed a handful and tossed it toward the goats, hoping against hope that they would be interested.

They started to skitter away, but then their curiosity got the best of them and they stepped over to see what I had thrown. It appeared they were hungry, as one by one they tried the morsels and found them pleasantly edible. Soon the sheep and chickens had also shouldered their way in.

Tossing another handful, I slowly advanced on the group, and managed to get close enough to find a tag on one of the sheep. I grabbed my cell phone and dialed the nearest farmer’s co-op, hoping they would be able to help me find the farmer from whom these animals had escaped.

Freeform Friday

Freeform Friday

In keeping with last week’s Friday entry, I shall begin with the letter A. Maybe.

Alliteration always affords amusement,
Although annoyance also appears.
Attention askance, aspect abhorrent –
And alarming – attacking and austere!

Yeah, ok, so that wasn’t entirely free form… but it was kind of fun.

Ok, freeform, for real… still attempting the letter A.

Awesome.
Apples, autumn, agreeable.
Aromas ambrosial.
Applause.

Thursday Theme Song

Thursday Theme Song

Veggie Tales – Busy, Busy Lyrics
Artist: Veggie Tales
Album: Miscellaneous
Songwriters: Lisa Vischer, Phil Vischer

I’m busy, busy, dreadfully busy
You’ve no idea what I have to do
Busy, busy, shockingly busy
Much, much too busy for you
Oh, I see

We’re busy, busy, dreadfully busy
You’ve no idea what we have to do
Busy, busy, shockingly busy
Much, much too busy for you

‘Cause we’re busy, busy, frightfully busy
More than a bumblebee, more than an ant
Busy, busy, horribly busy
We’d love to help but we can’t

Ten for Tuesday

Ten for Tuesday

Ten things that make me smile:

1. My children (I could list them separately and have six out of the way right there, but that would be sort of cheating).

2. Chocolate.

3. Sunshine on a cool fall day.

4. Thunderstorms.

5. Walking into a clean room.

6. Eye contact.

7. Office supplies (you know, staplers, paper clips, push pins, note pads, pens, pencils, tape).

8. Penguins.

9. Memories.

10. Friends.

Fire!

Fire!

“Fire!” The cry spread through the rooms of the wooden cabin like, well, wildfire. The children quickly threw their things in their duffel bags and exited the building to board the buses waiting outside. The last four – the owner, another driver, a woman, and a teen – went through the cabin room by room, from the side farthest from the fire, checking drawers to be sure they were empty. Finishing with the girls’ rooms, they moved into the boys’ wing, which was one large room, and checked the armoire there, then moved into the lounge at the end nearest the fire, which was in a storage area just beyond. The fire was apparently fairly large, but had not yet encroached on the lounge, so the four of them rested on the couches and watched the television for a few minutes, then, as the fire began to show at the corners, headed out to the bus.

As the bus exited the parking lot onto the road, the driver noticed a small green car approaching on the wrong side of the road, so he veered into the left lane to avoid it, only to be greeted by irritated honking from the small car. Exasperated, the driver rolled his eyes and continued, moving back into his proper lane. A few moments later, the bus drove through a large branch that had apparently fallen from a tree, resulting in smaller branches breaking off and becoming stuck in the grille. He pulled off the road when he found a large enough place and examined the damage, concluding that the bus would be fine. He pulled out one of the smaller branches and tossed it into the bus, where it landed on a box.

The woman looked at the box where the branch landed, and noticed there was clothing inside. She lifted out one small sweater that looked oddly familiar, and realized that the garment had belonged to her, when she had attended there 30 years earlier – it had been her favorite sweater at the time. She showed it to her companions, relating her story.

Then I woke up.

Monday Musings

Monday Musings

Monday, the first day of the work week, is often touted as a day of beginnings. “I’ll start my diet Monday.” “I’ll start decluttering Monday.” “I’ll start reading my Bible again on Monday.” Well, today is the day! Why not pick something you’ve been waiting to start and do it?

“Do it now, don’t delay, don’t put it off for another day. Go ahead, begin it – right this very minute! Come on and do it now.” (~Patch the Pirate)