Since I work from home, I’m not in the world much (I might have mentioned that before). So during the weeks of the Franklin Makeover, most of my results will be from Jerry, myself, and the people whose webinars I regularly attend (Tony Laidig. Kristen Joy. Dom of Elite eCoach. And of course the MKMMA).
Once upon a time, the files here at home were meticulously kept, bank statements reviewed and logged regularly, and any piece of financial information could be located in less than a minute. The last year and a half, that’s no longer the case. And the longer the papers were in that condition, the easier it got to put off organizing it again, because facing the mess they’d become was too, too depressing.
Well, it’s tax time again. And having that information organized and readily to hand is now vital.
Can you guess what virtue fills the first blank in my Franklin Makeover?
So I got myself a day planner – because using a notebook to plan my days wasn’t cutting it, and nor was the scheduling of reminders in the iPad. The first three days were experimental; I filled them in with what I wanted to get done and guesstimated how long each task would take. (Just as a side note, I did awesome at keeping up with the schedule those days.) The evening of Sunday the 3rd, I sat down with a pocket notebook and the day planner and asked “What do I want to get done this week?” Wrote a list. Sketched in how much time each would take, then added a bit. Checked with Jerry – was there anything special he wanted to do this week? Looked at his medical stuff – yep, one appointment at Mayo on Wednesday that would take a goodly chunk of day.
Drew up the schedule. There have been some hiccups; some modifications, a couple of regular weekly items I missed writing down, but all in all the week has been enormously productive (if a bit lacking in sleep). I’ve posted every day of my sunrise blog, complete with pictures. I have my very first low-content book, a meditation journal, on schedule to be ready for publication by Saturday evening. And I’ve gathered every paper unfiled and out of place and have them sorted into stacks on the kitchen table. Next step is to sort the piles into chronological order, then scan them to a searchable file with my printer/scanner (that is so cool – did you know some printers can do that? If your scanner has the right software, you can tell it to create a searchable document, where it recognizes the text and you can sort and run searches by keywords!); third step (third week of January) is to file everything away in boxes; fourth step, the last week of January, is collating all the business-related financials and filling out the taxes. After that, of course, is to maintain the proper organization and collation of information as the year passes, rather than waiting for the end of the year to do it all.
And you know what? Apparently this part of the MKMMA is contagious; Jerry’s been organizing the basement. He built a closet in a patch of odd space, and in that is to be stored towels and washcloths for the downstairs bathroom, plus games and puzzles and my sewing bins of fabric and tools. Bookshelves have been shifted, reorganized, and repopulated. The basement is starting to look magnificent, and I’ve told him so several times. (Of course, that was between scolds to stop lifting things that weigh more than twenty pounds! He has an inguinal hernia; the surgery is scheduled for the 21st, and I don’t want it strangulating before then!)
Oh, and hey, check this out – my hibiscus is still flourishing, and you can tell the difference between the summer and the winter leaves! The winter leaves are the lighter-colored larger ones that have rotated themselves toward the window, so the greatest surface area is facing the winter sun. Law of Growth!
Gotta go. Time to get more paper sorting done.