Katherine reminded me of something I've been trying not to face for months now.
I need a schedule.
My home and my life just barely function without one. Things get forgotten, the dust bunnies mutate, the carpets get crunchy, and I run around in panic mode, wondering which job should get tackled next. If I don't have a solid plan for what gets done when, it all piles up on me until there's something to do, some mess to clean, everywhere I look. Then I go into panic mode, which for me is long periods curled up whimpering because I'm overwhelmed by it all followed by short bursts of frenetic activity as I try to tackle this one thing (because if I don't I won't be able to do the other thing that needed to be done 10 minutes ago). When this happens it proves that old adage "when the mama ain't happy, ain't NObody happy!".
I've never been a leader. I'm definitely a follower, an implementer, a sturdy peasant waiting for royal decrees. Do you have a plan, an idea, a rough outline? I'm the girl to make it happen. You want ME to come up with the plan? Well, then we have some trouble. Expect things to take a while. I'm the person those step-by-step labels are printed for. I'm (sadly) the one to prove that fool-proof may not always apply. I'm a detail girl; it's just that I get bogged down in the details until it feels like I can't move for fear of knocking them all askew. I need my details carefully managed.
Fortunately, there's this little thing called organization. I love organization. I am the queen of lists. Lists make my life run more smoothly. Except that I haven't been making many lists lately, and then wondering why I have so many bad days. Answer: no list!
I remember visiting my MIL's house way back when and noticing that she had a daily schedule on her fridge. "How crazy!", I thought. After all these years, doesn't she know what she needs to do each day? Then I had children. And a house. And I need the schedule. And to answer my further musings, no, I don't know what I need to do each day, because it keeps CHANGING. Which is why I'm currently without a schedule. The old one became less than useful when school got out in the spring. I operated all summer without one and now that school is back, I need one.
So, as soon as I get this Hallowe'en thing over with (today, hooray) I'll be sitting down with my household binder (start here) and making my schedule, version 5.3 (or whatever I'm at). Actually, I enjoy the process. As with most things, the procrastinater in me puts it off, and off, and off, and then when I actually do it I enjoy it and wonder why I left it so long. Duh. Still have some growing up to do there.
How about you? Do you need a schedule and/or lists (like me) or are you a pantser? What organizational method works for you?