I’m not a New Year’s Resolution kinda guy. But I do believe in goal setting.
Cheltenham Road has been going well, but for 2016 I’m at a key point. I need to take the business to “the next level.”
I have lots of plans but first up is setting up life in such a way that I can get more done and done more efficiently.
To that end I have begun “clocking in.”
The danger of working from home is that it’s easy to get distracted. I get to work and then, without really noticing it, I discover that I’m doing the laundry or cleaning the kitchen.
The timer keeps me brutally honest about just how many hours I’ve worked which also keeps me focused. I discover I get A LOT more done when the timer is set than I do when I’m just guestimating how long I’ve worked.
So I’ve spent my last week brutally cleaning (the house, garage and work room had become a SuperFund site) , discarding “stuff” and re-organizing.
I’ve used the fact that I’m slow to de-decorate to get Christmas projects done for the next holiday season. I was toying around with making a vintagy Christmas tool tote and I thought it would be fun to make the ends look like Christmas trees.I found little, light up trees in a remainder bin and thought I’d try my hand at the apothecary thing.
I’ve worked up a new HOME sign for a customer in Arkansas
and made new coasters featuring vintage railroad graphicsAnd, finally, reworked some of my standard items with new graphics and new pics (just to change things up a bit)And I’ve tried to adopt the “touch it once” rule.
The thinking is that you try to touch things as few times as possible. So, rather than letting stuff pile up (my constant habit) and then having touch it again to put it away you attempt to only touch stuff once.
Some of you may recall that I tried this sort of thing before only that time is was a scheme where every time I set something down I was supposed to ask myself “is that where that goes?”
It worked for a while but that little voice got very annoying very fast. And soon I was hearing a nagging voice ask “is that where that goes?” and then a louder, angrier voice would shout “IT IS NOW!”
And I realized I was spending a lot of time alone and the voices in my head were yelling at each other and that just seemed like a slippery slope.
But I like the Touch It Once rule because it feels a bit like a game. How do I touch this thing as few times as possible?
I (or quite possibly my psychiatrist) will keep you posted on it goes.
In the meantime, I’m putting the final touches on my next Mod Podge Rocks project (coming up mid-week) and I’ve got tons of other ideas to execute in my newly disciplined workshop.
But, for now it’s back to cleaning and organizing.