It’s pretty much old meme for me to point out that I still have not fully unpacked from my move or to talk about how not polished my day-to-day is, but I still haven’t unpacked from my move and Yule Goat is still on the mantle next to Santa and I still run around like a crazy person most mornings.  I go to work with my hair wet sometimes.  I’m a classy lady.

Some things are changing, though.  I’m not ever going to have a perfect little life. I’m pretty sure I don’t actually want perfection, but a little more order and organization would be nice.  I would enjoy getting to the point where I’m not running out the door with wet hair on ten degree Kansas mornings in the winter.


This right here is changing my life. Seriously.

I recently read a post over on the NPR blog about the culinary tradition of mise-en-place and how it could be applied to daily life.  I’m not sure why but a little light bulb went off in my head.  I read the article a few more times, listened to the audio twice, and decided that I could apply the idea of mise-en-place.  Wylie Dufresne’s bit about his list is what really stuck out to me and in short order I was looking through my desk at work for a notepad that would serve as a touchstone for my list.  Now, I have a lot of balls in the air that I am juggling at any given time.  I work a full time job, I have a part-time job, I write for two websites, and I have a handful of other things that I do.  There is absolutely no way I could write out a list, throw it away, and then re-do it the next day.  But I could do a fresh list each day so I numbered down to twenty on my little pad and took five minutes to write down twenty things I needed to do that came to mind.  They weren’t in any special order so I just worked my way through them.  The professional ones were cleared at work as much as time allowed and then I came home and worked on the personal ones.  A few weren’t happening that night, but they stayed on the list so I couldn’t forget them.  When I got to work this morning, I made a new numbered to twenty page of my notepad, transferred the unfinished things and rounded out the list with new items.  I plowed through those items and for the first time in a long time I feel relaxed.  I still have a lot on my list, but I have it written down.  I’m relaxed.  I’ve been able to jot down in the margins of my planner things that I will need to make lists for next week and when I sit down tomorrow morning before heading out on a day trip there won’t be much to transfer.  I’m getting things done.  Everything I need to do is in its place.  It’s on my list and right now I feel like all I need to take on the world is my list.  And maybe a cup of coffee.


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