Wow! My blog has been booooring lately!
That’s what happens when I get too busy. No time for anything extra, just nose to the grindstone — I’m ready for a break, but it won’t happen just yet.
You may notice I skipped posting an organizing task for Week 22? Last Monday was a holiday, so I decided to at least take a little break from organizing. One less thing for me to worry about.
And did I mention I traveled a lot over the last month? I only landed long enough to meet the next set of deadlines in a rush, then was off again.
Yesterday, I wandered around the mess that is my studio, and decided that I am so overwhelmed by it, I don’t even know where to start.
I have more deadlines, lots of projects to do, projects to finish for upcoming events/classes, customer stuff, paperwork, and too many other things to mention. My to-do list is very very loooooong. And depressing.
So while yesterday I wanted to sit down with my head in my hands and cry about it, I gave myself a good talking to at bedtime about my general attitude, hoping that today would be better.
And so far, it is.
The fact that the sun is shining helps immensely. I’m always more productive on sunny days.
I’ve done a lot of paperwork, caught up on filling orders, washed the dishes, and taken care of the mail.
The bills are paid, my desk is cleaned off, My Cowboy has been sent off to town with a grocery list, and I’m just about ready to sit down at the sewing machine.
And tonight, after chores, I’m going to a drawing group for the first time. I’m taking a little time for myself!
And for this week’s task, to help me overcome the overwhelm, I’m tackling this mess:
That’s our task for this week:
Or any other pile that really has you in a tizz. Clean up something major that will make you feel better. Ya gotta start somewhere!
Here’s a little straw-that-broke-the-camel’s-back story to illustrate why I need to do this task this week:
I entered a quilt in our local show that started last Friday. As usual, I don’t get much time to work on my own projects, so I was at the last minute trying to finish it up. (I should just learn to not enter things I don’t have finished, but that’s not my style — I’m always over-confident that I can get them done on time!)
I finished piecing the top on Wednesday, quilted the quilt on Thursday, and was planning to put the binding on it Thursday evening.
I make most of my quilt bindings when I make the tops, and I have a bin that I keep them all in, labeled nicely for the quilt that they belong to when the time comes. I’m at least organized on that front.
So I went to the Binding Bin to get the binding for this quilt, and it wasn’t there. Evidence of how UN-organized I’ve been recently! But where is it? WHY did I not put it in the bin this time?
I searched for almost an hour for the binding that I know I have already made. Having spent most of the time it would have taken me to bind the quilt simply looking for the binding, I got seriously frustrated, and gave up. I was too exhausted to care. I withdrew the quilt from the show — for lack of binding — because I’m too disorganized and too overwhelmed.
Maybe I’ll find the binding when I clean up my cutting table — that’s my task this week!
How about you? Have you ever sunk this low? Or is it just me?