Ever since the new year started, Brian and I have had several conversations (ok some were actually arguments) about what it means to be diligent, efficient, and focused in our tasks.
Look, I know this isn’t the most exciting topic- so just grab a cup of coffee and muse with me for a bit.
I’m one of those fortunate individuals who is wired to create, inspire, daydream, make messes, and be a tad bit absent-minded.
I’m also wired to control, organize, process, and be very task oriented.
It’s crowded in my head and heart as these two parts of me constantly war. Also loud.
The challenge for me is to basically take these things I know about myself and how God pieced me together, and turn them all into strengths that work together to show His fingerprints and His creativity and order.
One thing I know is that I cannot create or be inspired in a messy, unorganized environment. I just can’t. I like a clean desk while I edit photos. I need to know that the bed is made and the laundry is going while I work in the office. I’m a crazy person. It’s one of the best and worst things about one’s home also being one’s workplace. I think it takes a great deal of organization to turn ones’ home into a workspace without losing one’s mind altogether and failing at both homemaking and home-working.
So those are my musings.
I’ve been inspired to take action this year, and to attempt to bring some order, rhythm, and routine to my home and workspace. For instance, the dishes.
I think it’s the never ending march of dirty dishes, the feeling that it’s never DONE. We eat at home and cook a lot, so with just the two of us, there can be a constant sink full of dishes. Our old housemate T can testify to our complete failure at dishes. Every day he would use his 1 or 2 dishes, move a few dirty pans out of the way, clear a path to the faucet, and wash/dry/put away his dish. Every.Day. Meanwhile, we were watching Netflix. Meanwhile, we were avoiding the dishes. Meanwhile, we were terrible at adulthood.
One of my goals has been to clear the sink of dishes each night before I go to bed, and get the kitchen cleared out and ready for the next day.I found something interesting lately, and that is that the unfinished tasks of yesterday and last week bleed over the next day and the next, until I suddenly realize that I’m moving forward very little each day in my tasks.
By Friday, my to do list was a pile of unfinished tasks from Sunday-Thursday and on top of that I desperately needed a solid 4-5 hrs to edit photos and plan sessions. This one small act of resetting the kitchen each evening has really helped me free up time for the tasks of this day.
So, there is one small victory. Bonus: I will now often find a very handsome man (Brian) in the kitchen cooking and CLEANING AS HE GOES.
Let that soak in. The glory of it.
Tasks. They have to be done. How do you manage yours?
Edit: As I typed this, there was in fact a sink full of dirty dishes from yesterday. Grace abounds.