Posts Tagged ‘organization’

Lesson From A Broken Fan

June 24, 2010

When we brought the fans out of storage this past spring one of the upright fans had become broken.  It had probably been knocked over at some point and the joint where the motor attached to the post was broken.  We made an attempt at a repair and it worked…sort of.

I purchased some new fans.  It looks like it is going to be a long summer, and we try to use the air conditioning as little as possible because we prefer fresh air.  When I replaced the broken one in the kitchen, I started to bring the broken fan to the basement.  Gloria stopped me and asked me what I was doing.  I replied that I was going to keep the fan for replacement parts.  The motor and switch were still good and one of our other fans might go out.  She informed me that I was not going to keep that broken fan around, waiting for a chance to use it.  We have enough clutter as it is.  She was right.  I threw it away…with a twinge of regret over the waste.

I think that sometimes our lives are over filled with things that might be useful, but are really only adding to the clutter and the mess.  I suspect that less clutter, less stuff, less activities, might just possibly mean more.

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The “To Do” List

December 7, 2009

I have used a “to do” list since I was a MIMMS clerk in the Marine Corps.  (For those of you who know me and thought that I was a tanker; I was a tanker, who was assigned to serve my company as a  MIMMS clerk for part of my enlistment.)  The list helped me to stay organized and gave me a sense of how much was done, and how much was left to do. 

To this day, I use a “to do” list.  In my case there are five sections: the first section is the daily list, those things that I do every day.  The second portion is the contact list, those people who I need to visit, email, call or write.  The third portion is the today list; that is comprised of the things that are scheduled and need to be done on that particular day.  The fourth portion is the top six things that are waiting to be completed if I have time to work on them.  The final portion is labeled extras and is everything else that I would like to do, or need to do, but that is not a high priority.  These items are placed on the list and dated, so I will know how long it takes to get them done.  (Some things are on the list for years!) 

Monday through Thursday, I update the list and print it out.  This enables me to take it with me, cross things off as they are completed, and helps me to remember what needs to be done.  Once it is on my list, I won’t forget, but it might take me a while to get to it.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, have their own lists,  but those lists are primarily in my head, although I may work off of Thursday’s list. 

The list helps me to organize and prioritize my day.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment as I check things off.  It helps me to know at the end of the day how to answer the question “What did you do today?”  I am not chained to it, but it certainly helps me to stay organized.