November is almost here. Are you ready for the holidays? What are the kids going to be for Halloween? This year I have a ladybug, a princess, and the Grim Reaper.
Recent Google searches:
"Olivia Wilde" (she's pregnant)
"Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky Bag" (WANT times a billion, but *choke* look at the price)
"Billy Don't Be a Hero"
What did you research today?
How are your "one steps" coming along? Trust me, I know how hard it is to let everything loom over your head like a giant rain cloud, threatening to pour down on you. Take the time to make your list, prioritize, and focus on one thing at a time. I read an article today about multitasking. I think many of us, women especially, pride ourselves on being able to do multiple things at one time. The article mentioned that when you do this, you really aren't doing any of those tasks well. It suggested putting all of your energy into one task at a time, and doing it well, without a distraction. Don't check Facebook on your phone, don't text anybody, don't have your television running in the background. Be fully present and involved in your task and see how it feels once it has been completed. Let me know what happens when you do this.
Have you been keeping up with your Daily Zones? Do you get to at least one Zone per week? Good! Progress, not perfection. Let's aim for two Zones this week. Don't let your inability to complete everything on the calendar stop you from doing anything at all! Do a little. A little helps. A little is better than nothing. Set your timer for 15 minutes one day this week, don't multitask during that time, and see what you can do!
Last week on that Master Calendar, we focused on decluttering and organizing a little bit each day. We should have our winter accessories (scarves, tights, winter coats, umbrellas, etc.) pared down and organized. Take everything you have gone through this month and do a drop to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another local charitable organization (don't forget to get a receipt for your taxes!). Many fire stations hold a winter coat drive.
Today we need to discard expired make up. I usually sit down on my bathroom floor, get everything out from under the cabinets, throw a few old pieces at my toddlers to play with so they will be distracted, and start sorting. Get all of your make up out, sort it into categories (i.e., eye shadows, blush, lipglosses, etc.), and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Click here for a list of make up expiration guidelines. Basically, if you can't remember when you purchased it, it's probably time to get rid of it. Put those items in the trash. Now that you can clearly see what is left, make an inventory. Take a Sharpie pen and write the date of expiration on the make up when you purchase it. Write the date of expiration on the inventory.
What do you need to get to replace any missing pieces? Make a list, and it's time to go shopping (YAY!). Here is a list of the basics. Don't forget to write the expiration date on the make up and add it to your inventory.
Finally, put everything back in an organized manner. This will ensure that you can see everything at a glance, you will use everything you have, and getting ready in the morning will be much easier. Which could translate to 15 extra minutes of sleep!
Check back tomorrow for tips on decluttering nail polish and perfume, AND for your November 2013 Master Calendar!