“Get a Hold of Yourself!”

My colorful to-do list.

One of my favorite bloggers is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, better known as the Yarn Harlot. As her name suggests, she writes primarily about knitting – though you might be surprised at how often knitting can end up being  a metaphor for life. Her post yesterday, however, was an observation about parenting, learning how to give kids clear directions – and how sometimes, grown ups need their own set of instructions.

Take a moment and go give it a read. I’ll wait. (The rest of this makes more sense if you’ve read it.)

This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Since I got back from vacation, I’ve been feeling very scattered, both at home and at work. I’ve done a little of this, and some of that, and a bit more over here… but nothing seemed to be getting accomplished. I was getting frustrated, and saying what would be my equivalent of GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF” – which is basically, “Girl, you have got to get your shit together!”

Stephanie’s post reminded me: I need clearer instructions than that. Because I’d read it at lunchtime, I had the afternoon to  gather my emails and the scraps of meeting notes and make a list – and today I started crossing things off. I’ll be making a list for my home projects tomorrow and hope to get a few things crossed off before the end of the weekend.

Give yourself – and others – clear instructions. Make lists. Why is this so hard to remember?

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4 thoughts on ““Get a Hold of Yourself!”

  1. Mom July 21, 2012 / 7:24 am

    Your friend Stephanie nailed this one. How true! I always make lists before I go off traveling, lest I forget errands, needed purchases, payment for the yard man, dog food, etc., etc. and, I too, always add an easy item or two that can immediately be crossed off. LISTS — love ’em.

    And, I like the “clarity” idea applied to kids. Now, just what does screaming “Behave yourself” mean anyway??? Ahhh, hindsight…..

  2. Mom July 21, 2012 / 7:31 am

    P.S. you could become more like your Mother — use Post-it Notes!! A counter devoid of them = accomplishments 😊

  3. maryann July 21, 2012 / 5:53 pm

    I love lists; keep me organized, more or less. I’ve been known to add a task or two that I’ve already completed for the sheer pleasure of seeing it crossed off. And I’ve been delighted to find out I’m not the only one who does this!!

  4. Eileen July 21, 2012 / 9:41 pm

    Before kids, I always added shower and brush teeth for 2 guaranteed daily accomplishments. Now, sadly, even those can’t be guaranteed (well at least the shower part).

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