Saturday, January 7, 2012
Lavender, Pink and Green Organization
This year, I got a brilliant new idea. Instead of scheduling minutia, knowing life (and laziness) so often gets in the way and I won't always be able to accomplish my tasks, I decided to plan in general. And in living color. I don't live well when I don't have some sort of structure. So this is what I came up with: On Lavender days, I will clean my house. I chose lavender in fond memory of my mother, who always managed to keep a clean house and nutritious home cooked meals on the table despite working six days a week. No list of tasks. I will do whatever needs to be done, most likely vaccuum, dust and clean the bathrooms.
I have a husband with a rotating travel schedule and two young adult children who are still at home while persuing their higher educations. I am not working outside the home. So keeping their schedules in mind, I have decided to make every fifth day Lavender. No, I don't just clean every five days. I do the dishes, laundry, bathrooms and sweep as needed. but on the Lavender days, I'll pull out the heavy duty tools. And since there is no list, there is no guilt if I don't do this or that.
On Pink days, I will exercise. I chose pink because it's feminine and pretty and that's what I strive to improve on. Most of the time I'll do the treadmill for 30 minutes, 200 ab reps between my ab roller and ab wheel and every other day I'll do weights. More or less. No rules. As long as I do something, get moving, I can feel I've done my Pink day proud.
On Green days, I will do something related to the writing business. Blog, tweet, query, or write. Green because I hope to generate some money from it. Some day. No big deadlines. Just whatever I decide at the time. I haven't promoted my work in years. I hate doing it. So, to entice myself into wanting to promote again, I bought myself a new work wardrobe. On my Green days, I am wearing velour lounge wear. Warm, comfy and super-modelish. Not the old lady kind. I hope.
This has been my first week and so far, I love my new Lavender, Pink and Green year.