Has The Heat Slowed Your Productivity

By Rhonda McNett

So, it’s been a while since my last missive, hasn’t it? With days on end of 100+ degrees, I’ve just been stymied trying to get much done – outside or inside. Are you feeling the same way?

Yes, this weather and all the fun that summer traditionally bring have brought full-force the recognition of situational disorganization. This, as opposed to chronic disorganization, when no matter what, you just can’t seem to get a thing done, year after year after year. Heat or cold; life’s events – happy or sad; looking for permanent vs. temporary fixes – situational disorganization comes and goes. I’ve been facing that in droves of late!

Up at the crack of dawn just to get walks in or some gardening done before we get to 90 degrees, and working long into the evenings, with a lot of ‘dead time’ in the middle of the day, right? The desire to just go-go-go has sort of gone recently, but I know to be kind to myself and am dealing with any guilt by reminding myself to just be present, be mindful, be grateful. Sound a bit woo-woo to you? Don’t worry – your get-up-and-go will return as we put away the iced teas and jump into fall, which is just around the corner.

In the meantime, please remember that there is no such thing as perfection, so aim for good enough to get the most mundane tasks done. I’m talking about the laundry, ironing (what’s that, Millenials might ask?), housekeeping, shopping and cooking – keep it easy and just ‘git ‘er done! Salads have been our main fare lately and that’s not only healthy but less expensive than many food options, so all’s well. Looking for the ‘easy way out’ always works, and fits right into the ‘good enough’ philosophy. That said, remember that ‘good enough’ isn’t to be equated with being sloppy or slovenly – just cut yourself a break on any and all ‘rules’ you may have been raised with or concocted over the years. Be easy on yourself – be easy on yourself – I can’t repeat that enough!

Yoga and Pilates have been our exercise recently; lawn care is hired out; reading has taken on new importance; gardening is just what must be done – watering and deadheading, early in the day. Guess what? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to slow down and move more slowly through these heated days. Watching our cats is always a good lesson – running around early and late in the day and that’s it for any major progress. Nothing wrong with this, right?

So, there! Have I made you feel less guilty about your lack of progress on that To-Do List? Aim for 2-3 items per week, maybe, instead of 2-3 per day – the Completion Police are on vacation, too! Handle The Musts and then enjoy the rest of your day – speedy times are coming when vacations are over and the kids head back to school.

Recognize this bit of wisdom from Oprah: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ENJOY, and we can all get busy next month!

Here’s to seeing the balance in all and taking in each moment!

Rhonda McNett, Sensible Organizing Strategies, http://www.sosbyrhonda.com: an organizing consultant committed to providing a supportive and rewarding organizing experience through client education, cooperative involvement and ongoing encouragement. Check out my website for tips, resources and workshop information.

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