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Thought for the week – Enthusiasm

If I could bottle enthusiasm and sell it, I would be a wealthy woman. I can’t, but in a way I’m a wealthy woman already, because I have discovered how enthusiasm can get you to your goals faster, and thanks to help from one of my Resources I’ve found a way to generate it. (more…)


Thought for the Week – What are your Priorities?

This thought for the week is delayed from last week – because I was too busy to write it then. I was too busy because it was my son’s birthday, a great excuse to have a picture of birthday cake. I was too busy on Sunday because I had to bake 36 fairy cakes for him to take to school the next day on top of what I would normally fit in, and my normal ‘write on the blog over breakfast’ slot didn’t happen on Monday because he was opening presents before school.

I’m sure nothing bad happened because I missed my blog for one day, but it did start me thinking about priorities. Why am I so busy that being asked to make fairy cakes is stressful? There are many other examples of this ‘being too busy’. Missives from school regularly cause despondancy at ‘one more thing to fit in’. The latest is the acquisition of a pedometer where steps each day must be recorded and added to a class total. Now the son concerned is not naturally sporty or active so there are some days where the pedometer would be sadly lacking, especially at the weekends. As the class at school is very competitive by nature, this can be a problem, so long walks on the beach are our preferred solution. ‘Oh my, yet another thing to do.’ But hang on a minute. In what world is it a bad thing to have to go for a walk on the beach with your son? Hmm, the world we have created for our family by getting so busy.

The thinking I have been doing about priorities has showed me that my family must be at the top of mine. I am still too busy, and adding writing back into my life is part of what has made me so. Should I give it up, then? I don’t think so. I do need to get straight on what’s important, and I think be more present for my boys and other half. This will probably mean some things take longer. For example promotion of my book and finishing the self publishing download. But so be it. Very few people in their final hours wish they had spent less time with their family and friends.

Here, then, is a quick list of my priorities off the top of my head and for further consideration:

  1. Family (the ones that I live with)
  2. Family (siblings, parents)
  3. Home and hearth (knitting and baking fit in here 🙂 )
  4. Personal, spiritual and healing development
  5. Writing

It is interesting to look at my planning sheet for this week and see that of my 5 top priorities 3 involve family in some way, one the sewing that I am working on and only one is to to with writing. So I think my priority shift might be sinking in.
What about you? What are your priorities, and does the time spent on your activities reflect them at the moment? I’d love to hear from you. Your responses help crystallise my thinking and move me forward.

Update on Planning – Why a Week Off is Fatal*

*Fatal to the planning system, not to me I hasten to add.

I was going great guns with my planning system and getting loads done. Then I had a week off and didn’t think I needed to bother planning that week. The trouble is I then didn’t go back to it after that – same as any other habit I guess. I did try one week but failed to follow through.

So after more than a month, with the kids now back at school, and inspired by an excellent Charmouth Literary Festival on Saturday, I’m getting back to it this week. Some of the things on the list involve this blog, and working on the self publishing download. At the Charmouth Literary Festival one of the participants told me that he had passed the fore-runner of this download on to a friend who then self-published his book and since had it picked up by a traditional publisher. That was great feedback and encouraged me no end.

I know there’s no point beating myself up over the lapse of my planning, but I do aim to learn from it that I have to keep focussed and do it EVERY week in order for it to be a habit.

A Lot Happening

Well, what a weekend. I can’t quite believe I managed to wake up this morning on time in spite of staying up VERY late for me watching the Olympic closing ceremony. Which was fab, in a mad kind of way. Seemed as though someone had forgotten to give the commentators the sheet telling them what was going on so that they could share it with us. There was a whole Phoenix rising from the cauldron segment with wonderful ballet dancers which could really have merited some explanation as to what it was about. Just lookinng forward to the Paralympics now, as it seems strange to have had the closing ceremony with that all still to come – can it really be as dramatic and inspirational as this last two weeks has been – yes, I bet it can, if not more so. I really hope it gets a lot of tv coverage as I for one am behind every one of those athletes and sportspeople as I have been for the past two weeks. Well done to the whole country for getting behind these games, let’s focus on what was great about it and not let our media get away with starting to find fault after the event.
My other happenings of the weekend were a fab meal out for mine and hubby’s birthdays courtesy of my lovely mother-in-law, getting back to my planning after a fortnight – oh and my computer dying totally and permanently (am borrowing one of the others in the house this morning before the rest of them wake up – where once people ended up with a tv in every room, now it seems we all need our own pc!) More of the impact of that tomorrow if I can get to the blog.

Planning 1 Financial Disorganisation 0

I racked up my first major success for following my planning system last week. A letter arrived from the government notifying me of an approaching deadline for filing some forms. Normally something that would strike terror into my heart because I was unprepared. Not this time, though. (more…)

Making Space

Last week my planning had been a bit of a disaster. I had a really bad Sunday where I tried to do too much and so last week I aimed to do much less. I still didn’t quite get everything done, but at least I did make some progress. In fact I was pretty happy that I did get a little writing done on Book 3, found and learned to use a mind mapping software and planned the contents of the download that will accompany Book 2 when it comes out in September.
In the week ahead (more…)

When to Write

I’m sitting here at my computer. It is 7.37 am and I am eating my breakfast. My husband is making sure the boys have their packed lunches, breakfasts and are ready to go to school (I know, lucky aren’t I?). And I’m wondering if I ought to be able to get some writing done before I head off to work. (more…)