I just looked at the time on this post. I’m learning that blogger puts the time on the post as the time you start writing it. Normally annoying, but this time I’m glad.
I sat down to write my daily checklist, with the desire to be brutally honest about not having accomplished much today. Then I saw that I had a COMMENT!!! I was so excited as it was my first real comment, not just from the carnival host who feels obligated. And it wasn’t even on the linked post for Tackle It Tuesday, it was on another post, which means he/she actually read several of my posts. This is huge.
But then I noticed which post it was. It was the one where I added my new non-negotiable task for this week, which is sweeping the kitchen. I had completely forgotten to do this. I really thought about just writing the checklist post and admitting that I hadn’t done it. But that’s not the point of all of this. I have this blog so I will stay focused, and in a roundabout way – accountable. I got up and swept the kitchen. And it took less than two minutes. So, I cleared a pretty significant clutter spot, and then I ran the dishwasher. And I removed the empty Wheat Thin box from the spot I decluttered yesterday. And I started a load of laundry. Now, I feel like today has been productive in this quest for order. Even though my morning was shot with errands that took 7 times longer than they should have.
So this is why I have this blog. I started this post exactly 26 minutes ago. And that was before I did all the things listed above. This is hard to write, but I’m going to do it.
It is not that I don’t have the time. I just have to do it.
That goes against all the excuses I have, even the good ones. I AM a busy mom with three kids and tons going on all the time. But it takes me less than 10 minutes to declutter a big old pile of stuff that shouldn’t be there. What if I decluttered it for 20 seconds every day, and it never got to that point again? Hmmm. Or what if I didn’t throw things there, but instead put them where they go? I know, I know, now we’re getting crazy.
Lord, please help me keep my focus.