May 24, 2013

21-Day Simplify Challenge: Day 14 – Single-Tasking

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 1:51 pm by otherdeb

So…today’s Challenge is to stop multi-tasking.

Multi-tasking Desktop ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Multi-tasking Desktop ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Not to stop multi-tasking everything; there are some things, like listening to music while you work, that are fine, even if they don’t save time.  They can help us keep from getting so stressed we can’t function.

However, there is multi-tasking that makes you crazy. Switching from the ten articles you need to write to blogging to editing a manuscript, then adding in cooking dinner while writing, and looking for more work so that when your current projects end you will have new ones, and working on your website, and feeling guilty over not doing your filing, and carrying on three chat conversations and two Skype conversations… guys know the drill as well as I do.

Today, and for the rest of the challenge, my plan is to pick one (or two) things to do, and work on just those for an hour. Then I will see if I need to work on those more, or if I can switch up to concentrate on other things for the next hour. Wash, rinse, repeat.

I will also remember to schedule in time to not be on the computer, or – at least – to do something fun, rather than work-oriented – so I don’t burn out.


May 23, 2013

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 10:07 pm by otherdeb

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First, here are the pics from Day 11 – Information:





and Day 12 – Grooming:

Makeup I'm Destashing © 2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Makeup I’m Destashing © 2013, Deborah J. Wunder








Now, here’s today’s pic – Day 13 – Saying No:

Taco Chips © 2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Taco Chips © 2013, Deborah J. Wunder








So I’m caught up here. The taco chips in the last photo represent foods that don’t support my health, which is what I want to say “no” to.

May 22, 2013

21-Day Simplify Challenge: Days 11 & 12

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 10:00 pm by otherdeb

I’ve been under the gun with deadlines.

Yesterday, I did declutter my email box, which was Day 11’s task. Managed to post a screen shot.

Today’s challenge is to get rid of old makeup.  I barley had time to do that, but I did manage.

No time to play with pics, though. Must get back to writing.

Perhaps, I will catch up on pics tomorrow.

May 20, 2013

21-Day Simplify Challenge: Day 10

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 4:06 am by otherdeb

Well, that was easy.

Donation Box © 2103, Deborah J. Wunder

Donation Box © 2103, Deborah J. Wunder

Today’s challenge was to create a donation box. Since December, I’ve had a donation box (I call it a freebie box) on my living room table.  So far, friends have taken books, lotions, and other things from it, giving them good homes and getting them out of my house.  I actually started the box when I decided that the roomie and I needed to get rid of some of the several tons of books we own. She agreed, but was loathe to just throw them out, and we have far too many to lug to the one used bookstore near us. We thought about giving them to the local library, but they stopped taking donations of used books a while ago.

The current plan is that we leave the books (or whatever) in the box for a certain amount of time. If they are not picked up or adopted within that time, one of us will lug them up to the Goodwill thrift shop four blocks away and give them away. the main thing is that we are getting them out of the house. Once I am ready to start purging clothing, I will do the same with it.

May 19, 2013

21-Day Simplify Challenge: Days 8 & 9

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 7:46 pm by otherdeb

Sorry about not posting yesterday – just had too much to do and too little day to do it in.

Day 8 was about simplifying your morning routine.  Mine’s pretty simple:

  • Meditate
  • Breakfast
  • Straighten bed
  • Check email
  • Check in with London client
  • Write
  • Edit
My prayer beads © 2013 Deborah J. Wunder

My prayer beads © 2013 Deborah J. Wunder


The problem comes when I am not feeling well. Unfortunately, the congestive heart failure seems to have left me with a somewhat lowered immunity, in addition to energy levels that vanish suddenly, often in the middle of doing something interesting. I am working on getting them back, but it is taking longer than I was hoping it would. 

The photo is of my prayer beads, which are malachite. I wear them all the time, and use them each morning for meditation.


Day 9 is about Other People’s Stuff.  I don’t have much trouble with that, since the roomie and I each tend to keep our messes in our own rooms.  However, there are a few chores that I wish I didn’t have to ask her specifically to do each time they need to be done.

I don’t nag her, though. If I remember to ask her to do it, she will, and she does so much of the stuff I can’t do right now that it wouldn’t be right to nag her. So I am concentrating on my stuff this Challenge.


May 18, 2013

21-Day Simplify Challenge: Day 7

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 1:33 am by otherdeb

I’m posting a little late because I slept most of the day – when I wasn’t running to the loo, that is.

Stress Triggers:

  • Running late
  • no caffeine
  • poor planning

To Simplify My Mornings:

  • Write to-do list the night before
  • Make sure kettle is full of water
  • Spend a few minutes meditating before diving into today’s stuff
My Toodledo To-Do List © 2013, Deborah J. Wunder

My Toodledo To-Do List ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

The attached pic represents my to-do list, which I keep online in a program called Toodledo.  It’s a great program, and it does have a free version (although I use the Pro version). Ver versatile and useful. One of the best things about it is how easily I can customize it, and it does sync with the Toodledo app on my iPhone, so I have the list with me t all times.

I do need to get back to meditating in the morning. I find that when I remember to do that, I am more focused the rest of the day, so it’s 15 minutes well-spent.

Anyway, my stomach is still acting up, so I’m gonna end this post here.  More later, when I’ve looked at Day 8!

May 16, 2013

21-Day Challenge: Day 6

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 7:29 pm by otherdeb

Okay, today is about what blocks us from decluttering.

Michele poted seven blocks to decluttering, and asked us to note which ones were most powerful to us.  Mine were #s 2 & 4:

“Declutter Block 2: Declutter Block 2: I Can’t Get Rid Of Anything I May Need One Day


Yes you might declutter something and then later want it – that part is true. But the implied myth is that you’ll somehow fall apart if that happens. Guess what – you won’t. You’ll have to buy it again – a small expense compared to the sanity of getting rid of chaos and clutter. Or you’ll do without it – again, a minor inconvenience compared to a clutter-free life. Either way, you’ll be absolutely fine.”

“Declutter Block 4: One Day I’ll Fix It/Fit Into It/Want To Use It


Life is busy and you’ll probably never fix it. If you lose weight you can treat yourself to cute new outfits that are fresh and modern. If you haven’t wanted to use it for ages then you’ve likely moved on. And anyway, see Myth #2 above. Seriously, life it short. Let it all go, be happy, move on. You’ll be glad you did.”

(Please note that the quoted material is ©2008-2013 Happiness Strategies Pty Ltd | 52 Organizing Missions | Premium Subscription, PO Box 527, Chatswood NSW 2057, Australia)

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My photo is of the pile of clothing in various sizes that I can’t seem to sort, get rid of, or organize enough to figure out what is what:

I will have to attend to this as soon as I get a few minutes to breathe after my deadlines are met. I also need to decide if I am going to commit to doing Weight Watchers again, since if not, I have a whole wardrobe of smaller sized clothing to get rid of.  If I am, I need to toss the larger stuff.

At any rate, I need to get back to work — I still have a manuscript to finish editing and articles to get written.

May 15, 2013

21 Day Challenge: Day 5

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 6:09 pm by otherdeb

Imperfection Personified ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Imperfection Personified ©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

Okay, here is my day 5 pic – an imperfectly made bed. It feels a bit uncomfortable, but not unduly so.  the thing is, I tend to either make the bed perfectly, or just leave it unmade, so it feels good that I am – at least – getting the covers pulled up on a daily basis.  Until I can move things around in my room a bit more, though, I will not be able to get the side nearest the file cabinet made properly.

Also, last night I rearranged things on the nightstand so that I have a place for my books, even though I clearly left the one I’m reading on the bed. That actually makes me more uncomfortable, because that’s how having half my bed covered in junk often begins. And I don’t want to move the containers between my bed and the closet yet, because the closet door doesn’t close all the way, and the containers are the only thing keeping the cats out of the closet.  Until I have the stuff in there sorted and in containers, I really don’t want Kitt going in there and knocking things over or shedding on them. Fat Louie isn’t so much of a problem in that regard, but Kitt loves poking into closets.

Anyway, I’m on a tight deadline today, so I must get back to work now.

May 14, 2013

21-Day Challenge: Day 4

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 4:50 pm by otherdeb

Okay, today we were to take the list of chores we made yesterday, and divide it into daily, weekly, and monthly/seasonal chores.  We were also supposed to take a photo of something to represent the list.

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©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

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©2013, Deborah J. Wunder

My List          My Photo





In other stuff, I can’t seem to get my tush in gear today.  Very tired. Still working on editing that  manuscript, but was up very late because I discovered that there were several different styles of quotation marks used, so I had to go back and make sure they were all corrected. Was able to get a one-day extension on my other deadline, but aI really need to work on that project, or I will be sunk there, which would be bad.

Anyway, I’m keeping this short because I really need to get to work now.

May 13, 2013

21-Day Challenge: Day 3

Posted in 21-Day Simplfy Your Life Challenge, Organization at 9:04 pm by otherdeb

Today, the challenge was to make a list of the chores I do:

My Chores 

  • Cleaning my room
  • Making my Bed
  • Vacuuming
  • Cooking
  • Organizing the apartment
  • Shopping
  • Edit Novels, when I have them to edit
  • Write articles
  • Update my blogs

There really isn’t anything that can be eliminated from the list, and the roomie and I share the cooking and shopping.  The reason I’m the one who gets to do the vacuuming (except for the roomie’s room) is that I’m the one who cares about having the floor clean.  She could wade through a ton of pulled out fibers from the cat tree without batting an eye.  Same about organizing the apartment (except for the roomie’s room); I’m the one doesn’t want to live in a pigsty, so I’m the one gets to do the work.

Kind of busy tonight — still trying to get the novel I’m editing finished, and I have an article to write myself or I won’t make my quota for the week, which would be a Bad Thing. I also need to update one of my blogs today.

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