Prompt: Beyond avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)[prompt by Jake Nickell, for reverb10.com]
Shoulda, woulda, coulda.
The fact is — I did what I did. I did not do what I did not do. No fears, no regrets.
What would make my life even better in the coming year?
I would like to create more ease, beauty, and order in my work environment. When I get busy (which is all the time), clutter piles up. I can still find things in the pile on my desk. I have an uncanny ability, like an archeologist or forensic paleontologist, to sift through layers of rubble from past and current projects, to find exactly what I’m looking for. I am organized — my desk is not, in that Container Store pristine and perfect way. I see the benefits of keeping up with the paper.
A system has very nearly emerged. And first (see my “Letting Go” post from earlier in this series), that end-of-the-year-clearance must happen. The process of clearing, sorting, and transporting will begin tomorrow, as my client load thins for the holidays, and unscheduled time is available. And, from the “No Try, Only Do” post, I’ll take my own advice and get into action. I may or may not resist every temptation to watch Love Actually, or part of a Law and Order
blowout “marathon” in the coming days — but steady progress will be made.
My business and satisfying work load have grown this year to the point that I am able to consider contracting someone to take care of the things I don’t enjoy, and have little aptitude for. Last year, I brought in house cleaners on a regular basis, and it was well worth the investment. I see opportunities to streamline processes, and to focus my attention in the best direction. I see opportunities to create some “slack” and “give” in my life, by making sure that the those day-to-day tasks that bring me no joy, still get handled.
So — I guess I’m hiring an assistant!