Getting Shit Done

Decide before doing

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Being organized means you make decisions BEFORE you act. This is true for time management, and it is true for managing the objects in your physical environment.

That’s the big secret.

Separate your decisions about your time, your energy, and your things, from your actions.

I have also found this to be key in writing: planning ahead of time makes the process of turning a story into prose SO MUCH easier!

I like the idea of designating homes for objects separately from the tidying up process.

House Self Care

Make your home a sanctuary

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I asked a social worker once, who saw a considerable amount of human misery in her job, how she coped with the hard things she dealt with at work.

“I’ve made my home into my sanctuary,” she said.

We all have different ideas of the kinds of environments that restore us and refresh us, but in order to create a personal sanctuary, the foundation is in four invisible luxuries, which I call the Four S’s: savings, silence, solitude, and physical space.

The opposite of the Four S’s is clutter, clamor, crowding, and crises

I have so much crap around my house, and even though I have boxes to take to Goodwill it doesn’t seem to ever lessen.

The good I’ve done with making my home feel like a nice place to be: hang art I love all over the house. I’ve brought in nice accessories, lovely useful things like beautiful pottery to hold my pens, fuzzy blankets, and cushy throw pillows.

But there’s only so much you can do with accessories. Cute throws on the couch don’t cancel out the dark paint that makes the room feel cave-like. And cuteness doesn’t negate the piles of junk around, even liking a “more is more” vibe. And I’ve chosen some accessories poorly — like a beautiful wool blanket that’s too delicate for my cats, who pull long loops of thread with their claws every time they walk across it, so now it looks kind of raggedy.

Getting Shit Done Personal Growth

Weekly check-ins for your values

Liked Coach Yourself to Live Out Your Values by Anna Havron (

What I’ve learned over the past year is that, for me, a weekly review is the key to helping me live out my values.

I like the idea to pick one or two specific small actions to focus on a week.

What I have been doing recently is designating a specific time each week to do things that are important to me but I might otherwise skip:

  • Check in with a friend on Thursday after work – I’ll often think of a friend during the week but forget to reach out, so I’ve got a specific time to remind myself
  • Listen to new music on Tuesday after dinner
  • Read non-fiction ten minutes a day, with a reminder at 7:30pm