March 03, 2021

Moving Right Along

Here we are on the third day of the month and I'm happy to report that I'm making a little progress on this month's challenge.

I started out on March 1st by making a list of all the little things that I need to do, and a list of the larger projects. I also made a honey do list for my hubby. 

I thought a lot about how I was able to keep up with things so well back when I worked full time, had all the kids at home, and helped take care of my parents. It really just came down to having good routines and sticking to them. I guess I threw routines out the window after I retired. I still kept up with things for the most part - until the year we do not speak of came along.

Since this year is about getting back into good habits, there is no reason not to put some routines back in place, at least until they become automatic again. I wrote out a little weekly plan including a cleaning routine - I'm hoping to never have to do such a massive deep clean and declutter like I did last month again. 

Yesterday I pulled getting my Instagram book shop back up and running again off my project list. This is something I let slide since starting my challenges this year. It's simple enough, but the process from beginning to end is very time consuming. It basically takes the whole afternoon to prepare and then I have the sales in the evening. I've added two days a week for book sales into my new plan.

On my to do list today was grocery shopping. Once I got home we did our usual crazy grocery sanitizing routine. I got the pantry, fridge and freezer reorganized as I put things away, and I broke down and packaged all the meats for the freezer. Last on the list was adding the new freezer items to my inventory list for menu planning. Grocery shopping is literally a project these days!

Once that was all done. I threw in a load of laundry, cleaned out my car, my purse, and our mail basket. I'm off to make dinner now. After dinner clean up, I'm planning to select the books for my sale tomorrow, pop a cold beer, and call it a night.

I have to say, making the lists and planning a routine were the best things I could have done. Things aren't looking nearly as overwhelming now as they seemed all jumbled up in my thoughts. Here's to a productive week!

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  1. Well done!! I don't mind grocery shopping at all. In fact, it can be fun (IF the shelves are well-stacked)

    My laundry day is Saturday. Dunno why, but when I worked years ago, outside the home, I did out of necessity...the routine stuck into retirement.

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    1. Well STOCKED...well stacked sounds kinda like some guy would say. *Wink

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    2. LOL Anni, you crack me up!

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    3. I don't mind the actual grocery shopping at all, it's our grocery sanitizing routine that drives me crazy. We probably overdo it, I know a lot of people don't do that even if they are being careful about the pandemic.

      I have one friend who has faithfully stuck to her entire routine even after retirement, she has set days for doing everything. The only thing that I stayed with is menu planning. Everything else I just did as it needed to be done, well, until last year when I became a sloth and just let everything go to pot!

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  2. Sounds like you have this new routine down to a science, Martha. Wish I could get that motivated right at the moment, but you have mentioned some things, like deep cleaning, that I really need to focus on as spring approaches. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. I'm getting there Martha. I chose February for my deep cleaning just because we usually have some of our most beautiful weather of the year in March. I like to get outside as much as possible before our brutal summer weather sets in. Good luck getting started on your spring cleaning!

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  3. What do they say, 21 days to get a new routine down? You've got this.

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    1. Hopefully it will fall right back into place just like eating healthy and exercising did since it's not so much a new routine but going back to the way I did things for years. I can't believe I let myself get so messed up during one crappy year!

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  4. While there's been much to dislike about COVID, it definitely has brought a lot of routine into my life. I've loved daily checklists & I've never made more progress on my goals. I find that having a planned list of activities reminds me of my routine & keeps me focused.

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    1. That's fantastic! Last year I was like a zombie just glued to the TV watching news. Thankfully I came to my senses and decided to pull myself of of my pandemic rut this year. I'm already so much happier. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'm on my way over for a visit :)

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  5. That's the trick, isn't it? Make a list. Get it down on paper. And then it's on paper so it's not floating through your brain, making it feel like more than it is. And I hear you about routines. Those help the little things get done each and every day.

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    1. It sure was the trick for me Liz. I felt such a huge relief after I got everything down on paper where I could see it and create an action plan instead of over thinking it!

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  6. Having it down on paper makes it so much clearer. Checking off the bits is very satisfying too.

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  7. Lists make the world go 'round!

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    1. I don't know exactly when I stopped making lists, but I never should have!

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  8. You got so much done in one day. Making me feel very lazy!

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    1. This was over the first three days Ginny but I still feel like it was productive!

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  9. Putting list of things to do on paper makes it so much easier to remember and get done. One by one, they get ticked off and it doesn't look overwhelming.

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  10. I love making lists! I don't always do the stuff that's on the list, but, I do love making lists! :D

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    1. Making the lists is the best part lol!

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  11. I'm not sure I can work with a list, but I'll try you an example!
    You write on my blog that you wear yoga mat flip flops in the house ... I will want to do that too, but in the summer! If I wear them now I get cold feet! It is not yet that warm in the Netherlands!

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    1. It really is easier with a list when you have many things to accomplish. I wear the yoga mat flip flops even when it's cold. I'd rather have cold feet than to have my feet in shoes. I know, I'm weird lol.

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  12. Good job. You sure got a lot accomplished in one day

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    1. This is actually over the first three days, but I still feel like It was productive time.

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  13. Hello,
    You are doing so well, knocking off the projects on your list.
    You do keep busy, is there "me" time on your list too.
    Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Sundays are "me time" to rest, relax and have little home spa days. :)

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  14. You are an inspiration...the one thing that really bothers me is the 'stuff'... and I try to make myself work on it some each day we dont have an appt. I keep getting rid of things...plus found things that Lorelei wants...

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    1. I can totally relate to that Rose. I feel so much better after decluttering the house last month. I do still have my storage room to deal with but at least it's all confined to one room. That's one of the big projects on my list for this month. Just keep at it a little bit at a time Rose, you'll get there!

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  15. I do make to do lists, but do them when needed. the way i look at retirement, is I lived by routine to make life work for 62 years. now I just do what is needed when needed.
    at my age i don't have a whole lot of years left, and choose to do the fun stuff i love, like what i am doing right now and when i am buried in dust i clean it.
    i do have set routines, that never waver from. stand up and make bed before i leave the room, that is a life long habit. Friday am, clean bathrooms, Saturday am, mop/vac floors. all our meals are eaten at the same time each day. those are habits never broken . did then when working and now. lucy for me Bob likes this routine. i say when retired do what you want when you want and that includes your challenge to yourself. it makes you happy to get things done, like your weekly menu...

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    1. I was pretty much like you with just doing things when needed since retiring, I just let too much go last year. I'm on my way back to good habits. Doing these challenges has really helped. I would suggest it to anyone who feels overwhelmed.

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  16. You are on track for a productive month indeed!

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  17. I think the pandemic made a lot of us feel shell-shocked, in a way. It was so vast and new and uncertain. We did things--or didn't do them--out of a sense of comfort. We started to fall into the "I deserve this" trap, which is largely bullshit, I think. Of course we deserve all manner of wonderful things. But the reality is that it's unsustainable for one reason or another. You found it out and are doing something about it. Good for you.

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    1. There was definitely shell shock Nance, and I often just felt a sense of why bother. I often wondered if we would even make it out alive between the pandemic and the politics. Once the election was over I regained my sense of hope again, I knew I had to snap out of it and pull myself together!

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  18. You have been productive! Well done. You're right about a routine. It works better when we have one!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie, back to the routine it is for me!

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  19. Gosh, I can identify on so many levels. Routine's something that's been missing in my life, largely since I retired 3 years ago. Left to my own devices, I'm my own worst enemy.

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  20. Making those lists is important and being able to cross things off as we do them is wonderful! When we have a plan written down it helps to keep us focused. I'd be lost without my lists. Good for you getting started and working on your projects. Pan your work and work your plan, a wise man once said.

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    1. Thanks Ma. I don't know what I was thinking when I stopped making lists. It's something I had always done. I was one of those organization freaks that had the color coded calendar and the fully filled in planner. I suppose I don't need anything that extreme anymore but still need those lists!

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  21. You are rocking 2021 with your challenges! I have one notebook that I write all of my lists in. It feels so much better to have them on paper and not have to worry about forgetting something. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Lori. I'm giving it my best shot! I feel much better now that I have things down on paper and have a plan.

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  22. You have had a busy and productive day, well done on getting so much done! Hugs,Valerie

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  23. Routines are very important. I was lost when I first retired and didn't do much. Now I have more of a schedule. Nothing would happen if I didn't stick to it, but it's comforting (and more productive) to do so.

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    1. I agree and I'll be sticking to it from here on out.

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  24. Would you please share your weekly cleaning plan? I can always use such. Please and thank you.

    We no longer do all the Wipe Down Everything, when bringing in groceries. After they are basically put away, I use sanitizing "glop" on our hands. And I do try to not contaminate hands (always were winter gloves, in grocery store), sanitize keys and door knobs if feel they need it, after we are done.

    But nothing like we did in the beginning. Don't feel it is necessary.

    Oh and, I will get some old fashioned white cotton gloves for the warm months!!! -smile- I am old enough to remember, when I wore them, going downstreet. It "was the thing to do." Now it is to keep grocery store cart handles germs, off my hands! How things come and go and change!

    🌸 🌷 🌺 🌸 🌷 🌺 🌸 🌷

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    1. I'd be happy to share my cleaning routine. We've sanitized the groceries all along so may as well keep it up at this point until after we get the vaccine.

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  25. My goodness, I'm out of breath just reading this.
    You are beyond organized. Me not so much, but somehow things manage to get done.
    eBay and the yard work seem to be occupying most of my time now. At least it's things hubby and I do together.
    Sue

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    1. I'm getting there Sue. My book shop will be taking up a lot of my time now, eBay is yet to come in one of my monthly challenges. Yard work is coming up for us next week too.

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  26. You are a busy girl! Organizing and making lists really does reduce the overwhelming-ness of things we have to get done.

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    1. It does! Things were so automatic for me that I really didn't need a list for the everyday things - and then last year happened. I just let everything go :(

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  27. You are keeping busy and that's good.

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  28. A busy and productive day ... well done.

    All the best Jan

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  29. I thrive on a routine and I strive to keep one. I like to list goals and check them off too.

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  30. Routines are so good for getting things done. I always accomplish more when I stick to one.

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    1. I agree Belinda. I don't know what happened to me last year. I think I just got stuck in front of the news like a deer in the headlights. I just let everything slide while I watched in horror!

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  31. Sounds like you really have it together now! I make lists all the time but rarely follow them! Even thought I've been retired since the end of May I still struggle to get stuff done. I'm a procrastinator!

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    1. Be careful Jeanette, the longer you are retired the worse it gets! Congrats on retiring last year. I hope you are enjoying it!

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  32. You did so much in one day! Grocery shopping wears me out now. We (my husband and I) have learned to plan it so when we get home, my son is home from work. He gets to haul it all out of the trunk, carry it through the basement, up the steps and into the kitchen. My job is to direct where it goes. The downside is that he discovers if I have splurged on Oreos. No good trying to hide them after that.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. Grocery shopping wears me out now too! No boys still living at home to help but hubby doesn't go shopping with me, so he has to unload while I sanitize. Can't hide any goodies from him either lol!

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