Thursday, August 27, 2009

Priorities


My clients,my business, my commitments to organizations I belong to, my book I'm writing- are all very important to me. My family, my friends, my cats - are all very important to me. I also acknowledge that I am important to me, but sometimes that slips off the horizon or is put off because there are tasks which seem more urgent (although not always more important).
The time has come for some "me time." Next week I can combine the priorities of taking care of me and spending time with friends and family. I am taking 6 days to fly to Seattle for a vacation. I intend to geocache, rest, eat some terrific seafood meals, read, perhaps bike ride, and visit with my two sisters and their spouses. I am going to sleep more, breathe more deeply, and come back refreshed and ready to continue my normal routines (with perhaps a closer weekly look at those priority balances).
Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Many Thanks to IKEA

Kudos to IKEA for several reasons. IKEA is an Associate member of GA-NAPO. Wednesday they set aside a very nice conference room for our GA-NAPO board to use for a meeting. They even set us up so we could do a conference call with one of our members who could not be there in person.
After the meeting I had a little personal shopping I wanted to do :-)
I made my purchases and went back to my car. I carried the receipt in my hand as one of my purchases was just being carried with out a bag and if anyone would ask, I wanted my receipt handy. When I got to my car, I loaded in my items and reached into my purse to retrieve my wallet so that I could put my receipt away.
No wallet! I checked my NAPO bag to see if it had fallen in there. No wallet! Panic! I raced back to where I had checked out. The cashier was very kind but had not seen my wallet. He directed me to the service department. I rushed upstairs and the woman behind the desk asked me for a description- I told her it was black and looked like---THAT! My wallet was sitting in front of her. After checking my picture ID in my wallet, she returned it to me. One of the people at IKEA had seen it on the floor and taken it right up.
I have no idea who it was, but according to the woman behind the desk (whose name I did not get- shame on me), this happens often.
Thanks again for all the wonderful, honest people in the world.
Life is truly good.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Prioritizing

There is always more to do in the day than time to do it all. That's where prioritizing comes in. Most days I try to pick the top three activities that will move my business forward. But even after I have made those choices- things come up and priorities shift. I had planned to work on cleaning up a section of my upcoming book and meet with my book coach. However, a presentation that I had agreed to do, and that was next week, really needed some more work. I had obtained some new information to work into the presentation and it was going to take a chunk of time. Of the top 3 things on my list- writing on the book got dropped for the day. The book project is important and so is the presentation but the presentation fell into the urgent category and the book was not so urgent.
Now what I need to keep in mind is my self-imposed Oct. 1 deadline for the book- so not so urgent today but quickly it will become so if it is continually moved for more daily urgent activities.
So often life is experienced as a series of "nows" instead of keeping our eye on the big picture. Keeping a balance is difficult but so important.
I had also planned on blogging last night but after glazing over at the computer at 10:00 I shifted that task until today. Sleep had become a more urgent priority. Today- another day and another set of priorities. I keep a quote on my fridge that I refer to often-
"finish each day and be done with it. you have done what you could. some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. tomorrow is a new day. you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."-emerson



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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