Friday January 5, 2012
In my past life as a Global Account Manager I would spend the last week of the year cleaning out all my old files, completing my business and marketing plan for the New Year, a yearly cleansing so to speak, out with old as the saying goes.
|Tossing out the old files from 2009-2011|
Since my position was eliminated in February 2009 and I sent all my work files to my boss I have not spent much time cleaning out my home office so this week I have been busy going through my desk, files and notebooks, not sure where or how I accumulated so many “notebooks” or journals. Sometimes they just look so pretty and at three for a dollar why not stock up?
They come in all sizes; the pocket book size that I keep in my purse where I jot down ideas for new recipes, books that I want to read, movies that I want to see, web sites that someone mentioned that sounded interesting and music that inspires me or just enjoy listening to.
Then there are the 5” by 7” journals where I write down my recipes as I cook or make notes about ideas for recipes, posting ideas for my blog, quotes and general passing thoughts.
Also files with recipes that I have pulled out of magazines and plan to try, recipes that I have tried with notes pertaining to what I liked, what didn’t actually work well, also copies of recipes that friends and family have sent to me and recipes that I have printed from websites.
I also have files filled with articles pertaining to the obesity problem in this country, educating our children on how to eat healthy, gardening and exercise, all subjects that I feel passionate about.
So much paper to deal with and many of the ideas have already been duly noted on my laptop so I tossed, shredded and in the end I still have four files with recipes, one file with newspaper clippings and my brand new journal for 2012.
|2012 journal, calender & notebook|
This morning when I stepped into my office I felt lighter just knowing that the recycling bin was filled to capacity with all that paper from my office, next project is the kitchen pantry, I already organized and cleaned out the freezer and fridge. Oh and my goal this month is to finish the draft for my first cookbook, I just need to stay focused.
So what are you doing this month to get organized or maybe not and how do you stay focused?