I am desperately trying to establish a routine. I have my “to do” list broken up into manageable parts and my date book filled with upcoming appointments. After years of teaching I’ve learned to allow time for each task on the list, prioritize them, and then schedule them on my day planner. I need that structure to my day or I get lost and then I get nuts.

So, why am I fighting getting back in this routine? Don’t get me wrong. I know that life happens and things need to be changed but I know myself. I know that unless I can manage my day nothing gets done. I won’t write, I won’t exercise and I won’t work. Then I won’t allow myself time to time to think and imagine and be creative.

This past Monday was my first day of the new work schedule. Accountable to only myself, I can see if will be easy to mismanage my time.  So, if you get a message from me between 10 am and 5pm EST, do me a favor, tell me to get back to work!!

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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About Magnolia Beginnings

This is the story of a new business, a new nonprofit, and a new "me". I'm not new to the whole reinvention process. I've done this a couple of times. But, this time, I feel like all of the past versions of "me" are coming together to create something really exciting. That doesn't mean I still don't have moments of doubt and out right fear! I am going forward and taking a chance and I'm excited about it, well, mostly. I have started a business and I've structured the business so that there is a donation to a charity, that I've created, built in to every transaction. The charity will raise funds to help single mothers and other women living below the poverty line start their own businesses by providing grants and micro-lending opportunities. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I would really enjoy being able to give or receive some words of encouragement or share with others trying to make changes in their own lives. All the best to you!

8 responses »

  1. Honey I’m so with you on this. I love to fly by the seat of my pants. Then I get so exhausted that I fall apart, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Fortunately I have a good mate that keeps me grounded. Well, for the most part. All you can do is try. As Yoda says there is no try, there is only do. :-)

  2. I’m like you, needing to have it all written down to follow – my calendar is full of reminders for things like groceries, the library and other tasks that don’t need to be scheduled but still need to be done. It gives me a sense of order to see it all written down – it works for me! Good luck with your new schedule :)

  3. Oh I so understand this predicament – too muchness. I have been struggling with this ‘too muchness for too long so now I am trying to break my days up a bit. You are a champion, Magnolia!

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