Monday, February 20, 2006


The ability to separate things into little boxes so they can be dealt with one at a time.” (a Bw definition)

I’ve never really been good at that. But I know lots of men who do it automatically.

So does that make it a “male trait” or just a left brain activity?

Whatever it is, I need a big dose of it to get through the next few months! I’ve got projects, events and concerts out the ying-yang! (You can see just a few of them on the Current Events List I put up this weekend. And these don’t even count the two new websites I’m working on: Affirmation Songs & a Wedding Music Commission site.)

The main problem is that when I finally get going on a project, I don’t want to stop. It’s sort of an all-or-nothing characteristic which seems to show up in multiple areas in my life.

The other challenge is that most of my projects are not the sit-down-one-time-do-it-then-it’s-over type activity. And with different amounts of time each day to devote to these projects, I can’t really assign them to their own day either…..

What’s a right-brained girl to do?

Hm… guess the first step would be to go get a shower and figure out what to start on first!

Here’s to continuing the Journey… and trying to get a grip on all these boxes!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here’s something to try; it has greatly helped me find sanity in my insane life/schedule.

There are two easy steps:
1) Get a PDA
2) ACTUALLY use it

Ok; I know it sounds nuts, but if you commit to it, it works. So at least read the rest of this before you call me crazy. The key is to not only enter tasks and events that have a hard scheduled deadline but to enter everything you need to get done. First, start off by entering appointments that you have to go to, ie meetings, classes, etc. Then, enter all of the tasks you need to get done… yes ALL of them! Now, go back and schedule times to work on the tasks. Remember to leave open time to just relax and not do anything else. As things come up, continually add tasks and appointments. Make sure to use different categories for different types of things you do.

This provides you with the ability to do a couple different things. One is to surrender your schedule and all the stress and worry of managing it to an inanimate object. You don’t have to worry about what you are supposed to be doing vs what you are doing, etc, etc, etc because you KNOW what you are supposed to be doing. Another thing that really helped me is that you don’t have to feel guilty about taking time to relax because you feel like you should be doing something else because if you PDA doesn’t say you should be doing something, then you are free to relax. However, one of the best things is the ability to recognize all that you HAVE accomplished. You have a record of what you have done and how long it has taken you. If you every feel like you aren’t getting anything accomplished or that you are just wasting all of your time, you can prove to yourself that it isn’t true. This also helps you better manage your time in the future by giving you an actual amount of time that you spent to get things done. By categorizing tasks and appointments, you can also get a good evaluation of what your priorities in life actually are. This then allows you to determine if you actual priorities coincide with what you WANT your priorities to be.