You know how they say everybody has a time of day that is their most productive? Well, mornings are my peak performance time. I like to wake up early, have my cup of cocoa, and start moving, which usually means moving to the computer screen.
I listened to a podcast last week where it was discussing not going to any electronics until you have handled a few other things. While it made sense, I wasn't sure I could do that, (I am virtually married to my iPhone and laptop.) but because it made sense to me, I wanted to try it.
Today was that day.
(Okay, true confession here. I looked at my phone before I left the bed, but that was me being on auto-pilot, and forgetting I wasn't going to do that.)
Side note here: I think I forgot to tell you, but the Other Tracey is coming for a long girls weekend (tomorrow!) while my Ralph will be out of town. She is staying until next Monday, coincidentally, the day Ralph returns home. Four glorious days and nights of total girl time, with a mile-long idea list of fun things to do, including one day of staying in our pajammies and not leaving the house!
When you're having company, you know how you tend to deep clean things, and notice all of those cringe-worthy details, and unfinished projects around the house? Well, I have been tackling a few long-overdue projects- all of them small, but for whatever reason, not completed. (Do you have a list of those? I am betting you do!)
Another side note: I cannot believe I am sharing this with you all, as I am mortified, even sitting here alone at home, knowing that you will all know now that my laundry room is, and has been for three years now, in a state of halfway adorable, and halfway ghetto. (Insert red faced emoji here.....and a shudder.)
(Let's say that 2018 will be my year of keepin' it real, people. The good, the bad, and aparently, the ugly....)
So, this morning while I was getting moving without going to my laptop, I started laundry, and I opened the laundry room closet to get the detergent, and looked at the overflowing mess in there. (okay, truth be told, the door of this closet was not even closed, because the vacuum couldn't go in until I moved the pile of cleaning cloths and towels.)
Right then, at that very moment, I thought to myself, "Just get that danged shelf put in the closet already. All the supplies are in the garage."
And so I did.
I plugged in the chop saw, measured twice, and cut once, used my dollar store level, and nail gunned up my frame support.(Thanks to my daughter with four little men for giving me that nail gun a few Mother's Days ago, as well as handing down her old chop saw last year, and teaching me how to use all these cool tools!!)
In less than fifteen minutes I had a shelf up.
No, it's not painted, nor did I stick on the missing vinyl floor tiles...yet.
(and it very well may take another three more years before that happens...but that didn't stop me from high fivin' myself, and doin' a happy dance all around the house for an additional ten minutes, in between running back to look at my handy work six more times.)
My little closet now has a new, second, much needed working shelf, and I am in love with it, while at the same time being appalled at myself for taking so long to install it.
Tonight I will get Ralph to hang my little Ikea grocery bag holder (I kinda ran out of steam, and was anxious to get to writing this blog post.)
So, it seems that this concept of getting a few things done before checking emails, and social media is a game changer for me, and I am excited about it. How about you? What's your peak performance time of day? Are you also married to your electronics?
I'd love to know if I am not the only one!