Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Secret Way I Get Things Done

My Secret Way I Get Things Done
Flower garden starting to look good

I know we are all busy people and there seems like there is not a minute to spare.  My schedule is probably just like yours, jam packed.  Young and old people alike have a hard time finding time to get things done.  

I was reminded of this when I was out doing my flower garden yesterday.  Something I love to do but I'm just now finding a little time.  My neighbor stopped by as I was planting for a second to talk.   She said she doesn't have time for a flower garden.   Her garden, she said, will be grass this year.   I had to laugh...I don't have time either and believe me it doesn't always get done when I want it.   I have a secret way I get things done though that you may have already guessed if  you have read my list of goals every week. If I have a moment or two I get things done in halves.  Yes, that's right in halves or maybe thirds!

My Secret Way I Get Things Done

So she seen me weeding, planting flowers and seen that things were starting to look good. Probably thought I have all the time in the world.  I knew though when I started that I would not get it all accomplished.  I will get to the rest today when the ground is dry from the recent rains.  So I left the edges of the garden for today... and maybe tomorrow.    

The above picture is the one end and here is the other end:

My Secret Way I Get Things Done
A tree surrounded by too many hostas.    Do you want some?

This also applies to my household work.  Some of the my bigger jobs I break up in to manageable pieces so that I will get them done.  For instance, one of my most dreaded tasks is cleaning my refrigerator.  I never seem to have time to clean it all in one swoop. So one week I clean the shelves and the next week the door shelves.  It's started looking pretty good that way.

I've also been Spring Cleaning my house this way.  I figure it's better than not doing it at all. This week I've washed walls in my bedroom and towards the end of the week I plan to clean the carpet. I should be done in time for Fall Cleaning!

What do you think of my secret way of getting things done?   Do you do things in halves or thirds?

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Annabel said...

I get things done in baby steps. Like to sew I might just get the machine threaded up then next day I might do some cutting out... I bet your neighbour has time for tv, fb, the phone and who knows what. Goals help enormously and writing things down I agree! And there are ways we can save time... not popping to the shops all the time is one, many people run out of time as they are always in the shops. Your garden looks lovely by the way!xxx

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Thankyou Annabel, It's amazing just how much you can get done in just a few minutes. I have to watch social media too -it can take up so much time that your opportunity to get things done is gone. I don't take my phone to the garden either...Have a great day!

Kim said...

I like taking bite sized bites out of my work, too. So, I, too, keep lists and decide which bite(s) I'll take each day. It's amazing how much progress you can actually make without feeling too overwhelmed.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

So true and it gets done instead without using the whole day!
Have a great day Kim!

Sarah @ In Pleasant Places said...

I have been a homemaker for 11 years but I am still learning the art of getting things done! I am naturally a "go with the flow" kind of person, but I'm learning I need to be organised to keep my home well. Thank you for the inspiration!

Coming by Blessed Homemaking.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Sarah, Things can get hectic that's for sure. We all have struggles with day to day living and organization. I think that's why I came to realize that I can do a little each day and it will get done. Lately I've noticed my husband doing the same thing.

Jean | said...

Vickie, I love this post. This is the only way I get anything done these days--a little now, a little later, till it's done. If I waited till I could clean the whole refrigerator, it would never get done. But sometimes when I say I'm just going to do one shelf, I end up doing more. #HomemakingParty

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

So true sometimes we have to just plow threw it and get it done!
Have a great day Jean

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode
I love this! It's a great way to fight the tendency to be perfectionists - and to think that we can't start a project or chore because we don't have time to complete it. Baby steps are a great way to get it done in small portions. Great idea!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Carolyn, your comment was accidentally deleted sorry but I copied it from my email and published it here.
I love your phrase baby steps!