I thought if maybe I focused on a just a few things each day, I could give my self the satisfaction of feeling like I at least accomplished something. Luckily, while I was wasting time yesterday at an antique store with my mom. Wait a minute, I take that back, no time spent with my mom is wasted. Anyway, as we enjoyed each other's company while perusing antiques and junk, I stumbled upon this interesting item.
I know, you're thinking, "what the &$#* is it?" Well, I thought the same thing, at first. I hardly ever pick something up on the first walk through. I make a mental note that I like it and while continuing to browse, I think of ways that I can use it. Most of the time, I don't end up going back for the item, but I went back for this one.
There isn't really anything special about it . It's a beat up, stained piece of plywood. The thing I really liked about it is the old, haphazardly placed, rusted clips. It has five rows of clips and I initially thought I would give each person in our family a row of clips and add our weekly chores to it or maybe three things we really wanted to get done that week. Then I decided that my kids would most likely ignore it all together (like they do with so many of my other brilliant ideas). So I finally decided it would be my time management tool.
When I got home, I printed out tasks that I would like to complete and
printed them on business card paper.
I included several tasks that I despise (not organizing closets, but cleaning bathrooms)
I figured if I see it in writing, it will make me more inclined to want to get it done.
It just so happens that I completed all three of my "Monday Tasks".
I'm off to a good start, if I do say so myself!
I adore taking a plain old object that many people pass up and making it into something useful an fun.
It is hanging by twine in the mudroom, just outside the pantry and
right over top of the wooden organizer that houses my kids' school papers.
In case you're wondering, I paid $12.95 for it.
I know some crafty people could have made it for much less, but again, the rusted clips sold me.
How do you manage your time? Oh, and it looks like my four year old will be managing my time for a while longer. Took him to the doctor Monday afternoon and he indeed has strep throat (AGAIN!). Can't wait for it to make its way through the entire family.
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