New series: How to… 1. be organised

There’s a saying that one can have too many irons in the fire which means having too many projects on the go at the same time, which results in inefficiency, confusion, or complete lack of progress.

I could write everyday about something within my own life… doesn’t mean I think I’m incredibly interesting, more that my struggles can be understood as ones that we all may experience at some time.

I could spend hours in my den busy being creative; sewing, painting, plotting new projects… but surely this means I don’t have time for writing?

I could exercise everyday, spend an hour or so walking, at the gym, or maybe the pool… but in reality this consumes half a day with travel time and shower added.

I could bake, do jigsaws, watch boxsets, volunteer, go shopping… but where does the time come from?

I have too many irons for sure, there are things I want to do and things I need to do, there are ongoing and future commitments, there’s uncertainty and a definite level of disorganisation.

I know how to plan if I could decide on my priorities… I can’t always find the focus to stick to said plan.  It’s almost like my plan has to include a line which says make time to carry out the plan.

And then there’s other people to consider, as much as I’d like to be answerable only to myself, I have a husband and children, I have band and running club, I have my blog.  Of course I could step back from most of these although not the family! but unless I want to these are also things that have to be scheduled in the plan.

Get to the point… after a lot of preamble here is my guide to organising your life.

  1. write a list of everything that you’re working on currently – for me this would include poetry projects, craft, education, diet, health, exercise/recovery
  2. cross off anything you don’t want to deal with right now
  3. write a list of scheduled appointments, deadlines, race dates etc and match these to the list in point 1 (if you can) – this will help you prioritise
  4. write a list of ambitions, or goals that you’d like to achieve but haven’t even started to plan
  5. select one ambition and write down three things that would take you closer to achieving it, set a deadline for this
  6. add this to your priorities from points 3 & 1 and start to take action!


No, I thought that might be the case.  An alternate approach is to flit from project to project with increasing and waning levels of enthusiasm… just wing it*

* To wing it is an idiom that means to improvise, to do something without proper preparation or time to rehearse. People often talk about winging it when they have to do something difficult that they didn’t have time to prepare — like a make speech or give a presentation.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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