Getting ahead by a whisker

While I’m not quite there yet, I feel like the weekend has seen me *almost* catch up on many things that I’ve neglected for far too long. And by ‘things’, I don’t just mean stuff likeΒ vacuumΒ the floors, wash the sheets, and water the garden (even though they all need some attention too), instead I mean all that other important life stuff that tends to be put off time and time again.

I seem to suffer from a ‘save the best to last’ mentality in all that I do – so those blogs, emails and people that should be given top priority, tend to get ‘saved’ up until I find the ‘perfect’ amount of quality time to dedicate to them. This means that in a strange upside-down kind of way, those things of less importance are attended to more quickly so that I can ‘get them out of the way’ before tackling the big stuff. The trouble with such an approach is that of course the perfect time for the important stuff never magically appears. So I’m making efforts to work against my natural tendencies and make sure that I proactively make time to pay proper attention to the really important things, rather than just wait for the right time to come along.

All of that thinking meant that apart from all the usual kind of weekend stuff, I got up to all sorts of other little bits and pieces too:

  • Bought … some goodies online from Urban Outfitters, a skulk of foxes and Anna Alicia (all essential before you ask).
  • Watched … ‘Easy A’, a great movie that references awesome 80’s movies both directly and indirectly. I’d highly recommend it.
  • Listened … to the delightful Joanna Newsom on her recent tour as it passed through Brisbane. She was very sweet.
  • Read … lots of blogs that I’ve been missing out on recently. It’s always nice to catch up with old friends.
  • Wrote … five emails long overdue to friends both near and far, with a few more yet to come.

So I’m very much starting to feel like I’m getting ‘ahead by a whisker’ … I even found some time to relax over the weekend which was a really welcome change. I can almost sense a more normal pace of life is just around the corner … I’ll be receiving it with open arms that shall do their best to never let go.

I hope your weekend was equally productive and non-productive in all the best kinds of ways too. Shall we all agree that the coming week is going to be a great one?

28 Comments

  1. Erika Lee Sears

    πŸ™‚ Sounds like you got a lot of stuff done! I πŸ™‚

    Ohh goodies! πŸ™‚ Happy Monday Tracey πŸ™‚ Creative thoughts your way!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I did indeed get lots of things done over the weekend, and yet still I managed to fit some ‘nothing’ in as well! (thank goodness). Thanks for your happy wishes for the start to the week, I can’t believe I’ve almost made it to the half-way point through the working week! πŸ™‚

      I hope your week has been fantastic so far!
      xx

  2. Mel

    I’ve managed to catch up on a lot this weekend too – it feels good to have read long-neglected blogs and answered long-neglected emails πŸ™‚ And a really good week sounds like a great plan to me! Could it start with a settlement from my insurance company tomorrow? We really need our garage roof fixed after the damage occurred 4 weeks ago tomorrow, the contents of the garage (eg bikes, lawnmower etc) aren’t secure, and the broken panels are still stacked up barely out of the way at the side of the road…. The insurers said we should hear tomorrow, and that would start my week off well!

    Hope it’s a great one for you xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – It’s great that you had a really productive weekend too … I know what you mean about it feeling really good to catch up on blogs, emails and the like (it can be all too easy to fall behind on them all).
      I hope the week has got off to a wonderful start for you … mine has been busy, but productive – so I certainly can’t complain.

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed that your insurance settlement is now sorted – I can’t believe that hasn’t been finalised yet – four weeks is a very long time to wait. It would be very frustrating to have to live with the damage AND the worry about unsecured contents.

      Take care Mel.

  3. jan

    Without a to do list my life would fall into rubble…and has on occasion. I start each day with two lists. One of things that have to be done or civilization as we know if would vanish. When i finish that list I start on the second which are things i like to do that should be done. Marking off the list gives me a great feeling of accomplishment.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – I know what you mean about needing that to-do list to stay at least relatively on track … I hate that feeling of chaos and disorganisation that comes from knowing you have lots to do, but not quite knowing all the things you have to get done.

      Haha, I very much like your two lists – especially that first one: ‘things that have to be done or civilization would vanish’ … that’s a great way of describing the super urgent stuff. I very rarely seem to make it to the second list, ‘the things I like to do’ … is there some way we can magically make those things the priority list? πŸ˜‰

  4. Gabrielle Bryden

    Yes, this week has to be better (in fact this year can only get better) – your Baxter is so gorgeous πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I hope the week treated you a little better. Things ended up remaining a little calmer for me, but I just can’t shake that ‘busy-ness’ vibe.

      I happen to think that Baxter is a lovely handsome fellow too (though I am biased) πŸ˜‰

  5. hila

    I know I say this all the time, but I do know exactly what you mean. It’s so hard to accomplish everything you want to at times!

    and what a cute dog! that nose is adorable, I physically have cravings to cuddle now.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Well I’m glad to hear that things are feeling a little better for you too this week … it’s always nice to have like-minded company in such matters! πŸ™‚

      It can be frustrating to be so busy and yet still not have time for the things we really want to make a priority … I think that’s the main challenge for me in balancing the demands of a day job against my creative interests.

      I’m glad you like my lovely dog Baxter, he is a gentlemen indeed. I shall have to send you a virtual doggy cuddle from him! (I love how his muzzle is getting grey … it makes him look more distinguished I think). πŸ™‚

  6. Galit

    Same here.
    I was actually talking about it with the husband last night, trying to reschedule some of our tasks so we can get to the more important things. I find it so hard to manage my time effectively!!

    P.S. Do you have Urban Outfitters in Brisbane? I’m totally jealous!! One of my favorite stores in the US!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – I hope you were able to reshuffle the priorities to suit the really important things … I’m still playing around with finding the right balance, but I’m definitely feeling a lot better about the current level of ‘busy’. I agree that it’s super hard to manage time – I just don’t remember it being like this in the past!

      Oh, and no sadly … we don’t have Urban Outfitters in Brisbane, my shopping was all done online (which suits me fine, given that I’m a pretty lazy shopper). πŸ˜‰
      xx

  7. bobbi

    the past weekend I did some spring cleaning and then I collapsed on the sofa with martino on my stomach. Much needed rest. Also because all the spring cleaning I did outside of the house turned out to be useless. The very moment I finished cleaning the
    and dusting the patio an incredible strong wind came up and scattered dirt everywhere again. Mother nature was telling me to give up and become one with my sofa, and so I did.
    I’m doing my best to make this week a good one. After all, happiness is a decision.
    xox bobbi

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Wow, you did have a busy weekend (spring cleaning is a very ambitious thing to accomplish … I’m a little behind on the clean and tidy myself at the moment). That’s so frustrating that the wind scattered dirt outside after all your hard work in cleaning off the patio … I think you did the right thing in retreating to the comfort of your couch and the cuddles of your cats! πŸ™‚

      Agreed, ‘happiness is a decision’ … I think sometimes we forget that it’s the choices we make that lead us towards a certain destination. I do hope your week turned out to be a great one, or at the very least you made lots of sales in your store and caught up on a bit of rest too!

      Take care.
      xx

  8. Linda@Heartfire At Home

    I caught up a little bit this weekend…. sort of felt like I was getting somewhat on top of things. Then, yesterday everything went pear shaped again when my purse was stolen. So now I’ve been cancelling bankcards, credit cards, getting new health cards, insurance stuff, license, ambulance membership etc. Some money gone too (all my allotted money until payday), plus my two most treasured necklaces. I kept them in a zip pocket in the purse as I have to take my necklace off for my weekly back massage (I have a bad back), and that’s where I store them. I hadn’t put either back on yet…. and now they’re both gone.

    So now I feel like I’m amillion miles behind again…. I have to go get a new license somehow, sometime…… and I can’t get into my bank accounts until my new cards arrive, and I had a shoulder operation 2 weeks ago that I have the bills for (and was going to pay this week), but can’t because my cash is unatainable.

    Sigh. These things are sent to test us! Onwards and upwards!!!

    Such cute doggie pics!

    Linda. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – You must have had a similar weekend to me then, with that feeling of getting back on top of things again.
      But then, what an awful start to the rest of the week you had – how terrible that your purse was stolen!!!! I hope that wasn’t too scary an experience for you, and that you’re OK!?! I know my mum had her purse stolen once many years ago, and it was just a horrible experience, aside from the whole inconvenience of it all.

      Having to cancel cards and sort out all that membership stuff is so painful, and the fact that you lost your cash and your two treasured necklaces is just the worst. Losing the money that you’d budgeted for yourself until the next payday just makes me feel angry and frustrated at the inconsideration and greed of the people that took your property. Given that I’m a person with strong sentimental connections to certain objects I most certainly feel your pain on losing your two necklaces … Shall we just believe in the power of karma for this situation?

      All of that, and then having to wait while paperwork gets processed and new cards arrive is so frustrating … I hope some of those things have started arriving in the mail by now?

      I think you’ve done exceptionally well to take a positive attitude to all of this and focus on the ‘onwards and upwards’ philosophy … if there is anything at all I can do to help, please just drop me a line and let me know. I shall send all my very best thoughts your way. Take care of yourself above all else.

      PS. I’m glad you liked my doggy pictures … Baxter must be getting a bit sick of me taking photos of him by now! πŸ˜‰

      1. Linda@Heartfire At Home

        Hey Tracey, thanks so much for your support, kind words, and offer of help. I may not know you outside blog world, but I do consider you a friend, and your response was so lovely and so thoughtful and it made me feel so much better. πŸ™‚

        Nearly everything has arrived and is back in place…. all my companies, banks, etc were so nice to deal with and most had new cards to me within 3 days. Great stuff!

        Now I have the flu though – lol – it’s been going around at school, so I’m resting up a bit before I go into school for some weekend work. It’s a long weekend over here so I have some ‘sleeping in’ time up my sleeve – yay!

        I love the name Baxter for a dog – and it suits him perfectly!

        Thanks again, I really appreciate your lovely thoughts.

        Linda. xoxox

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Linda – Oh you are so very welcome. I consider you a friend too! (just because we haven’t met in ‘real life’ doesn’t make me think that we don’t know eachother well enough to call eachother friend). πŸ™‚
          I’m so glad to hear that nearly everything has arrived back with you … it’s great when service companies look after us like that!!

          Though it’s terrible timing that you now have the flu … sometimes the universe can have a wicked sense of humour. I hope you don’t work yourself too hard over the weekend, but YAY for a long weekend (lucky you!) – I think you’ll need some extra time to relax and catch up on sleep.

          It’s funny that ‘Baxter’ wasn’t the original name of my dog, he was originally called ‘Horatio’ … but it just didn’t stick. Baxter suits him very well I think.
          Thanks so much for dropping back and letting me know that all is getting sorted in your world.

          Take care of yourself!
          xx

  9. Linda@Heartfire At Home

    Dang it all……. I’m back just to say I just checked out ‘A Skulk Of Foxes’ (anything with the name Foxes in it intrigues me…my old business had ‘fox’ in its name!), and they have some seriously good stuff! They’re just an hour or so down the road from me so an order wouldn’t take too long to get here either. Different and interesting. Just when I have absolutely no money to spend…….

    Arrgggghhhh…. and just now I discovered the Bohemian Bedroom stuff at the Urban Outfitters site you mentioned. Gorgeous!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Haha, oh dear … sorry for leading you astray with lovely online stores. A Skulk Of Foxes has some absolutely beautiful things … I love the fact that your old business had ‘fox’ in its name (as you know, I love all things woodland and I include foxes amongst that). How lovely that they aren’t too far away from you … but what bad timing for you and your stolen wallet – just pop something on your future purchase list perhaps? πŸ™‚

      Urban Outfitters have some beautiful items for sure … gosh, I hope you can resist (my poor bank balance is rather unhappy with me at the moment). πŸ˜‰

  10. ejorpin

    Well, congrats on getting ahead a whisker! I hadn’t quite realised it until reading this but I think I suffer from the same back-to-front approach to tasks. I think some of it is to do with time – if I’ve just got a couple of minutes I’ll quickly get rid of some tasks that don’t require too much time and attention, and save the big important ones till some mythical ‘later’ (only problem is when I do have time ‘later’ I seem to somehow find myself trawling Etsy for vintage frocks…). Anyhoo, I am totally devoting next week to catching up, on everything. It will happen…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Thanks so much! It feels good to have a week that I feel at least a little more in control of … it’s been a while since I’ve experienced that!

      It’s taken me a while to realise that whole back-to-front prioritisation process that I seem to follow too … I just couldn’t work out why the really important things never got done properly, and yet all the other less important bits and pieces always seemed to get covered off. I hope now that I’m more aware of doing that, it will be easier to make sure I do the opposite from now on.

      I know what you mean about losing time looking for lovely vintage frocks on etsy … I spend WAY too much time doing exactly the same thing! πŸ˜‰

      I hope this week was a productive one for you … and if not, well there’s always next week! Haha! πŸ˜‰

  11. Krystal/Village

    I am so like that too – always waiting for a big chunk of time to do the important things. so awful huh!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – It’s definitely frustrating to spend so much time waiting for the ‘perfect’ time to come along so that we can get all the important things done … it’s taken me a long time to realise that the ‘right’ time just never comes along … we just have to ‘make’ the time instead.
      xx

  12. Hayley Cafarella

    I’m also guilty of attending to the less important things first! I keep trying to change that around but I haven’t quite figured out how yet… Let me know if you get that sussed!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hayley – It seems a few of us do that whole reverse priority thing … I’m going to do my best to back things happen the other way from now on, but I realise this will be a super challenge and a constant battle. This whole ‘self awareness’ thing is super hard work! πŸ˜‰

      PS. I’ll be sure to let you know if I figure out how to make the important things get done first rather than last! πŸ™‚

  13. belinda/gretchenmist

    wow, must’ve been great to see joanna newsom! and a good feeling to sort out the best things first!
    i always feel i’m running way behind . . . i guess that’s life, busy!! it’s already the weekend again. happy weekend πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Belinda – It was lovely to see Joanna Newsom … she was a very sweet and attentive performer, and her voice was just as unique as it sounds on her albums.

      It’s a real sense of relief that comes from feeling like you’ve caught up on stuff … I hope I can continue with it.
      As you say, we often find ourselves running way behind as life rushes away from us …

      Thanks for your weekend wishes, I just wish the two days somehow magically took longer to end. I hope your weekend was lovely! πŸ™‚

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