Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getting Organized on The Sixth Day (Or, How To Salvage the Old Year)

So, autumn is here again.

I had a completely laid back, absolutely relaxing, totally unproductive summer. But as the days shortened and the leaves began to turn, I started to wonder, "Gee, isn't there something I'm supposed to be doing this year?" And then I remembered. Right. My New Year's resolutions.

New Year's resolutions. You know, those promises we all made to ourselves nine months ago, most of which, somehow, are no closer to full term than the day they were first conceived. So, what happened?

Maybe I thought I had plenty of time. "Hey, it's only March. How long can it take to lose 10 pounds?"

Maybe I thought I had to prioritize first. "Before I can do C I have to do B. But before  can do B I have to do A, and before I can do A I feel so tired thinking about it all, I jthink I'll just take a nap."

Maybe I just got distracted or overwhelmed or depressed. "I did clear and plant one flower bed (all those stones!), but then the deer ate it."

Autumn, however, can be a second chance. A chance to revisit those resolutions. Tackle the ones that make sense to me, and purposively throw out the ones that don't. Because as Organizing Adage #3 says, "If you want to know how to organize your life, look at what's important to you."  (From my book, Beyond Time Management)

Autumn is our grace period: a time when we can wrap up the old year and be ready to begin the new one with a clear conscience, free of guilt, and with a smile. I'll cross the flowers off the list. But I still have a shooting chance at the 10 pounds. As New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast suggests, even God might be able to relate to that.

In a way, Autumn is our sixth day.