Back in the Saddle

After a two year break…

New job with new (positive) challenges, potty training and literacy training (not for the same child at the same time), possible entrepreneurial ventures in the making, booze to be consumed, new old house that finally makes Austin feel like home, etc.

Now that things are somewhat settled (as much as possible with a first grader and another in the throes of the terrible twos), it’s time to dive back into the blog again. I’ve established so many more systems – just to deal with homework and activities alone – that I’m excited to write about.

Looking forward to new entries!



Getting Things Done – Projects: Natural Planning


So you have your 30,000 foot list of projects per Getting Things Done and now it’s time to break it down. While I think there has to be better terminology than “natural planning model,” I’m willing to give it a shot.

According to the method, individual projects can be broken down into the following steps:
1. Define the purpose and parameters
2. Outcome visioning – what does “wild success” feel like?
3. Brainstorming
4. Organizing and sorting your ideas – establishing a detailed project plan/structure/schedule
5. Identifying next actions/steps and capturing in order; activate by integrating each item into daily to do list

Sounds like a lot – I’ll start with the looming tax return project (which is a big undertaking this year with the move and F’s travel expenses) and post my progress.


This one goes to 11


This has nothing to do with organization and everything to do with my flavor of crazy, but…
It drives me bonkers if the volume on the TV or car stereo (or any device on which the volume is displayed as a numerical value) isn’t either an even number or a multiple of five. Dear lord that makes me twitchy. Torture for me would entail binding my hands and putting the TV volume on 17. Mindscrambling!

Carry on…

Happy New Year!


The best part of a new year is starting a brand new, crispy clean Moleskine daily planner. My favorite is the 5×8 soft bound 1 day/page variety.

How do you keep track of your daily tasks?

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