Tuesday, 17 April 2012

if a job's worth doing...

...it's worth putting off.

Why are some people paragons of steady, regular and productive activity whilst others seem more chaotically inclined?

We've all read women's magazines and self help books.  We all know that failing to plan is planning to fail.   We have the tricks of time management drummed in to us from school days.  Why do some of us resist?

Take this post, for example.  My paper list and the my secret, back of my mind, really should be doing list are both full.  There are countless things I could be occupying this minute or two with.  I could get the dinner on, dust the living room, make progress on some college work.  You wouldn't miss me if I didn't type this little missive to toss out onto the interweb sea of nonsense.

But still, I sit at my laptop and type.  Perhaps it is a cry for help.  Perhaps it is just one of the many routes of distraction and displacement I employ throughout the day.  Perhaps I know that if I start any of the many tasks on my list, it will take longer than this little note and this little note will make me feel as if I have done something, no matter how off-task that something is.

Right - off to tick some lists. 

Monday, 9 April 2012

sign of the times...

I visited Tyntesfield a couple of weeks ago.  I had been meaning to visit for a long time, since I'd heard of how the National Trust were opening it as an ongoing project, allowing visitors to see how they catalogue and curate their properties.  I finally got myself there as J was on his work experience week in and around schools the other side of Bristol.

It was a fascinating place, stuffed full of photo opportunities.  I'm using the chairs I saw there as part of one of my college projects.  This small sign, however, made me laugh.  Did it mean that particular A4 sized area was alarmed or was the staircase slightly perplexed and suffering from a bout of consternation.  Who knows?

Our Easter holiday has been different this year with J on a football tour in Belgium.  He left at 6am on Saturday morning and will be back at 10pm on Tuesday evening.  Even though we've missed him, we've had a lovely family time with a visit to the newest baby in the clan and a gathering around the dinner table yesterday afternoon.  Today has been a day of sketchbooks and stitching. 

I had carefully tidied my room/office/workspace and even took myself off to the bootsale the weekend before last to clear some shelf space.  I have spent about 6 hours, on and off, in here today and it looks like a tip again.  Not to worry, progress of a sort has been made, I hope.

Monday, 2 April 2012

am picking up my boots...

...I finally got my trainers on this morning and started running again after weeks of Le Creuset induced laziness and a few hectic weeks of family/college life.  It took a huge amount of effort to leave the house at quarter to seven but I'm pleased to report that the effects are as enervating as I remembered them to be.

I managed a measly twenty minutes running, a total of four five minute runs with a minute either side of each.  I suppose I was out for half an hour.  A marathon it wasn't but a start it seems to have been.

I'm looking forward to this Easter break as an opportunity to catch up, reflect a little and get ready for the final push at college.  Our assessments are due on 8th May and I've been given the privilege of  working with our local museum and will be having my very first exhibition, starting the week before.  Factor in a few days on a college trip to Berlin and it's going to be an exciting time! 

I am, of course, going to approach the next few weeks in my usual calm, organised manner and resist all temptations to sit under the stairs and sob.  As the running reminds me, there's no point in thinking about it all, it's a case of doing a bit, making a start and doing a bit more.

All will be fine and dandy and this time in five weeks time, I'll be done and dusted, looking forward to the summer.

If you don't hear from me for a while - wish me luck...