It’s New Year’s Day, a time for new beginnings and fresh resolutions. Believe it or not, I actually accomplished something today, which is reason enough for celebration! I got up (just) in time to watch the Rose Parade live on TV, took care of my grocery shopping for the upcoming work week, and went through a backlog of magazines, tearing out the articles I want to keep for future reference and dumping the rest into the recycling bin. I sent a check-in email to the professor of the class I am trying to add on Monday when the winter session begins, and I already have a copy of the textbook, so if I get an add code I will be ready to go (I’ve even done the initial reading assignment but haven’t started writing the essay yet just in case I don’t get the class).
It’s really rather scary… I am fairly organized at work but all my organizational skills seem to flee my body when I get home. I pay most of my bills online simply because it’s harder to lose an e-mail from my inbox than an envelope on my disaster of a desk. Oh, now and then I shovel it off and toss half of it into the recycling, but I can’t remember the last time I was able to actually use the desk. The chair ends up hidden under a couple of sweaters that never seem to make it back to the closet; the writing surface disappears under those ubiquitous free address labels that every charity mails out once a month and a clutter of papers I mean to file “later.”
So, my big hope for 2011 is to get more organized, reduce the clutter in my home and brain, and thereby reduce the level of stress in m life. I’m off to a good start so far, but the year is only one day old. Here’s hoping the momentum will continue!