The Simple Plan (in theory)

And so, I jump into this like I do every other project I am enthused about: with high-spirited abandon. What is different is that instead of strict or too many rules, I will be more forgiving and flexible. Still, some structure is warranted, or all will collapse like a house of cards in a field of goldenrod. I have three basic guidelines:

1/ Compile a weekly list of everything I can think of that needs to be tackled in this time frame. Not necessarily completed, but initiated, or attended to if it is a work-in-progress. (And isn’t that life itself?) These will be career-related steps, ladder rungs to creative labors of love, domestic duties, yard and garden to-dos, family and social obligations, down time, and promises to be good to myself. Absolutely anything that has been pecking at my peripheral vision or gnawing at my conscience or begging to join the bucket list belongs here. Daunting, I know! But nothing on this list will need to be done for more than an hour at any one sitting. Not unless it is a paying job or something with a deadline that is breathing hard down my neck, in which case, I will rise to the occasion, finish it and then get back to this experiment.

2/ Peruse the master list each morning, taking into account time sensitivity, logistics, and what kind of mood I am in.  If I don’t feel like driving, why make a shopping list for the Big Box Hell of Route 9? Almost any real emergency purchase can be done here in town, where I can ride my bicycle or walk to Main Street. I also can kill two birds with one stone, by stretching an errand run into an hour of exercise. (Multi-tasking isn’t very Zen, but let’s just call this a convenient coincidence).

3/ In whatever order I want, compile maybe 4-6 items and devote one interrupted hour to each one that day. This list is not written in stone; the idea is to still allow for an organic flow of thought and action throughout the day. Also, this might require some building up of stamina, as if I were in training. Actually, I think I am.

It’s Monday, and the pin balls of my mind have been given notice.



Sharing my art and writing in a loosely gathered way that allows for meandering and taking the scenic route, I try to be mindful, meaningful, but still, at times, playful.
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4 Responses to The Simple Plan (in theory)

  1. Thomas Ross says:

    You give us such an honest and refreshing glimpse into your world- and your journey.

    Lists are essential for me- but when doing something, I must banish those lists from my thoughts. It’s just that one thing- nothing else.

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing in such a thoughtful way.

  2. DIRNDL SKIRT says:

    Excellent point, Thomas…thank you.

  3. Cranky Cuss says:

    I feel like I’m reading your diary (except with the R-rated stuff cut out).

    I keep my to-do list as a Word document on my computer, with sub-categories. Once I’ve completed a task, I overlay that line on the list with a strikethough so I have tangible visible evidence of progress. If I notice too many strikethroughs in one category but none in another, I decide to concentrate on that ignored category for a while.

    At least that’s the theory. In practice, I’m a lot more undisciplined than that, but I try.

    • DIRNDL SKIRT says:

      Well, Cranky, it’s not Diary of a Mad Housewife. Possibly heading into Mad something or other, tho 🙂 Interesting system you have. Part of why I have so many lists is because I love to handwrite–the “To Do” is always executed with a flourish and then I choose a different color of sharpie pen to strikethrough. I have an ongoing love affair with real office supplies.

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