One of my New Orleans friends is fascinated and impressed by the fact that I iron my pillowcases when I wash my sheets each Monday. So much so that she sent me a link for a job:
1. Your first one will be about ironing pillowcases
2. When HGTV picks it up and you win an Emmy, you’ll thank me in your speech.
Will I get all that done today? Not likely. But at least I have a place to start and it’s not all floating around my head, buzzing in my ear like a nasty mosquito. I’ll start with the things that have to be done in a timely manner, such as starting the beans (they’ve been rinsed, sorted, boiled for a couple of minutes and are now soaking for one hour) and making the hot dog buns (I’ll start those right after lunch). Next, I’ll take 20 minutes or so to simply tidy up the main living areas downstairs. Knowing that I wouldn’t be horrified if someone dropped in unannounced makes me feel better.
With those things out of the way, I then start tackling one thing at a time as the mood strikes, trying to do the most important things first. Sometimes I like to set a timer for 15 minutes and then see how much I can do before it goes off. That was a little trick I learned from the Flylady and it really works for me. When it goes off, I take a short break with a cup of tea or glass of water and check Facebook or read emails. I also like to set a timer when I get on the computer because it’s way too easy for time to silently sneak away from me as I get sucked into the vortex of the online world.
And speaking of that, my coffee break is over and so is this blog post.