This year I am trying to focus on decluttering my house and getting organized which requires new and better habits for both Nicole and I. I can’t force new and better habits on Nicole but I can model them and incorporate her into them and maybe they will rub off on her.
I have fallen off my goal wagon with decluttering and organizing after Nicole’s hospitalization but I’m going to get back on my game eventually.
I have so many ideas of habits that I want to change and incorporate that I get overwhelmed. I especially do this with Nicole’s medical records. I need to keep track of so many things and I know how I work. I need to have easy to access information so I have a daily log of questions I ask Nicole and I transfer those onto a monthly checklist and I am happy with this system.
But now I have to keep track of her infused medicine and the pumps as we are having some issues. The best thing for me and how my brain works is to have a monthly calendar that I can write the information on so I can just look at one sheet of paper instead of going through many pages to find what I am looking for. I would even be open (maybe) to keeping this in an Outlook Calendar. I really need to focus on a new habit of getting everything that happens in a day regarding Nicole in Evernote on a daily basis as well as listening to and taking notes from Nicole’s appointments in a timely manner. I am very bad with keeping up with the daily to-do’s this is why I am so disorganized and my house is so cluttered/messy. I suppose most of this is just laziness.
I really want to help Nicole get organized with her time (this will be like the blind leading the blind) because at this point she can’t keep on top of things nor can she get her projects done on time. I know a lot of this is procrastination on her part but I think some of it is that she doesn’t pay attention even though I can write her projects and due dates on the white board she will still “forget”.
I won a membership which included a 30-day bootcamp as well as one-on-one coaching for a year through buttonedup.com. This just cemented my belief that 2013 is the year I will declutter and be more organized and productive. The co-founder, Sarah Welch, stresses the importance of weekly strategy sessions. I attempted to do one last week and I didn’t feel comfortable nor did I feel like I did it well. Sarah says this is normal and it will get easier. I do feel a little better organized this week because of it.
Now I just got to remember to look at my calendar more. I would like to do this same thing with Nicole. She needs to know what appointments she has, what time she needs to get up, what days we do a pump change, and when she has projects due for school and breaking them down into bite size chunks. Since Nicole is so “techie” this for her can all be kept in electronic form on either her Mac or her iTouch. I really want to incorporate this but I don’t think it will change Nicole’s habit of not knowing/caring or doing what she needs to be doing but I know that this is probably the best shot that I have trying to change her habit. I have to be consistent and remember that it will take time to form the habit.
I have found that just the smallest of changes can sometimes make the biggest difference. I am also working on just finding 15 minutes to focus on something instead of trying to find the time to get the whole project done at one time.