I wish I could say I learned rather quickly how to not complicate things in this blogging-writer’s life, but it isn’t the case. I tried cutting a few things out, and although I narrowed my workload to only what was most vital according to where God led, I still had to find a process to get things organized. I just couldn’t handle too much going on within a screen or overwhelm threatened to shut me down.
Here is my improved and yet freakishly simple way of doing things nowadays. It equals less of the modern and more of the old. Author and memoir mentor, Marion Roach talked about her process in this podcast with Jeff Goins last year. It really helped me to see I didn’t have to use fancy things or have a fat wallet to walk in my calling, although money helps.
And if you need help writing memoir like I do, read this post by Marion.
Organizing your Writing Projects
I used to trade God’s presence for planners because I got so excited to finally feel some sense of control in my life.
Times did change. God didn’t — and the planners got to stay. These 3 were left unused from when we were home schooling. Though they remind me of that crazy season of trying to grasp the grab-bar of life to stay afloat, I now smile when I see them because new memories are forming in their place. One’s of life and newness.
I grabbed up some printer paper and created some covers. More than one planner may seem like chaos but I promise it’s not. I now have a large board hung up on my wall. It lists each day’s focus, which is my #OneWord for 2018, woohoo. The big board helps guide me. Basically, if the day doesn’t have something on it — I know I don’t even need to go looking elsewhere to check because it serves as the “Master Board” from which the little 3 planners spawn from. The board was actually the back of my daughter’s giant coloring book. I flipped it over and voila.
Now if I could just whip up some shelves…
Having things organized has helped me come a long way from being unsure and anxious to steady and sure. Real life still comes first. Sometimes things have to be moved around according my family’s needs and I find myself hoping I can follow through on all my yeses. I am a constant work in progress, progressively progressing on my pilgrimage with Christ.
We all are.
Organizing Your Soul Thoughts
Sometimes we get so much going on that it’s hard to discern what should come next, or if we should be letting something go. I have been here many times and was thankful for a friend’s recent call to action in order to experience God more fully in our everyday lives.
You know what I’m saying? You get those God thoughts mixed up with your own and it’s like trying to pull a bunny from a black hat. Or so it feels. So this is probably a red flag we need to go be with Him. And hear Him. And enjoy Him.
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