Current Project: St. Patrick's Anthology
Status: Moving steadily if slowly
Is there something that overwhelms you to the near panic attack stage?
Maybe writing a synopsis? Facing an auditorium of a thousand people to give a presentation? Watching your child be stitched up after a fall from his bike? Organizing the piles of paper in your office?
That last item pushes my panic button.
It usually happens every year about tax time when I'm confronted with the piles of paper in my office and the spare bedroom--don't even mention what's in the closet-- that I swore last year I was going to organize, input in a database every month, and file away in neatly labeled folders.
Ironically, I've had quite a few people comment on how organized I am. And I am in some ways. But a week ago, when I thought of all the papers I had to face to get my taxes done, my gut started clenching and my breathing turned shallow. After talking myself down off the edge of the recycle dumpsters at the Salem Transfer Station, I returned to my office to go one step--er, one surface at a time, and attack the paper monster.
I focused on my admiration of Debbie, who is clearing out and organizing her office. Holding her in my mind as a role model in this effort, I've been clearing and stacking papers. Labeling what to sort, what to file, and what to throw away.
With April 15 a mere three weeks away, I know I have to step it up. But I'm moving on it now! I'm even armed with a better shredder this year.
How about you? Is there something that overwhelms you? Have you learned ways to attack it or do you just avoid it? Or did you put it up for sale on Alice's garage sale table?
P.S. I now have about a foot and a half of uncluttered space on each side of my computer and it feels sooo much nicer!