Blog post: Goals to Get a Grip on Hoarding: Best wishes in meeting your goals!

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 1, 2016 6:27 AM CST
Good for you! We all feel overwhelmed at times. But it's wonderful that you've taken stock and know that you need to set goals and work toward them.

I think as gardeners, we all tend to want to "save stuff". It's just so tempting to think "oo I could use that!" Two years ago, I hauled in a dozen big plaster molds that are used to cast ceramic pieces....they were just so BEAUTIFUL. And there they sit, in basement and garden shed, useless. *LOL* I've finally figured out a use for them. I'm going to smash them into pieces and use them to add lime to my lavender patch.

If I might make a couple of suggestion: I am always making To-Do lists. And usually I end up feeling frustrated and overwhelmed because so little gets crossed off. So what I've been doing lately is making "Done That" lists. Every morning I decide on just five things that HAVE to be done today. Even if it's just things like sweep off the deck or do a load of laundry. And you know, usually once you start in one thing, something else also gets done that you did not plan. Like I sweep the deck and at the same time, since I'm there, I put away a couple of flowerpots that have been sitting there for a while. Then, in the evening, before bed, I make a list of all the things I DID DO that day. It's really helpful and encouraging....

Also, and I learned this from a certified Project Manager...break down projects into small steps or tasks. Sit down and plan out every tiny little detail and write it down step by step. Then, just do a few steps and cross them off. I've been able to tackle a couple of big projects at the same time using this method...do a couple steps on Project 1, then do a couple on Project 2 and sooner or later...both get done.

Good luck and may the garden gods smile upon you!
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Feb 1, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Thanks Annie,
I'm a perpetual list-maker and learning to keep my lists smaller. Then, as you say, jot down all the other things I finished beyond the list. I was a construction project manager for a couple years and sometimes I now get way too bogged down with the minutia of what I'm planning. I need to appreciate the baby steps that I do accomplish and not worry so much with the bigger picture/project. It will all get done eventually...just wish it could move along more quickly!

Baby step: deconstructed 3 bags of aluminum cans (24) into 1/2 small bag ready for use! Another cubic foot of free space, YAY!
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
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LysmachiaMoon
Feb 1, 2016 12:24 PM CST
Yay! Good job!
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

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