Sometimes there are chores I just can't be bothered with.
For example, this week, the weather turned cool which means we got to throw open all our windows. This is a glorious time of year and I'm glad it's finally here. What I am not happy about is that doing this reminded me of all the cobwebs that are hanging around outside.
Our building has deeply inset windows. Spiders like to make their webs between the brick façade and window frame. This means each window has several clusters of cobwebs just staring me in the face. As the wind blows, the cobwebs smush and thicken. The spiders make more webs. Soon, I see thick strands and clumps of cobwebs every time I look outside. They're now starting to gather leaves.
What I need to do is open the screens and wipe everything down with a duster pole covered in a towel. That will sweep away the webs and make our windows look cleaner.
This whole chore would probably take me 15-minutes to do. I just don't feel like doing it.
What chore are you ignoring?
We slept with the windows open last night and it was glorious. I have very much missed the crisp air of fall. Also, windows open means lots of savings on our electric bill and that makes me happy.
Here's what else was good this week.
You know how, when you get a knot in a muscle, it just bugs you until it suddenly lets go and you can move again? That's what my brain feels like with all of my tasks right now. I just need one or two things to finish up so that I can get the knot out of my brain.
This is what I'm working on.
I love a good tracker. Extensive or short, complex or simple, show me how something is coming along and I'm a happy camper.
I have a tracking sheet for my newsletter so I know what I've shared. I have trackers for my blog. For work, I have good ole lists where I cross off project steps as we go along. I wear a FitBit. My bullet journal has several trackers including what TV series we're watching, habits I want to keep, tasks I want to get done through the year, monthly tasks, and a cleaning checklist.
My husband was out of town this week. I tracked his flights online. When he ran a marathon, I kept tabs on him through Find My iPhone so I knew where to meet him to cheer him on.
I love trackers so much that they don't even need to be relevant for me.
Case in point, I am addicted to checking the tracker for "The Queue" [gift link]. This is more formally known as "Her Majesty The Queen's Lying-in-State." It's an official government feed on YouTube that shows the length, wait time, and location for those who want to pay their respects to the queen. I'm not in London. I'm not going to go to Westminster. I still can't help myself from checking this feed several times a day. I want to see where things are at and read the little notes they add to let people know what's going on.
If you give me the chance to see what's going on with a "thing," I will use it.
Do you like trackers?
The husband was out of town for work the past few days. Luckily, kiddo decided to be mostly kind during my solo parenting time. I also love that the husband wrote "Listen to mommy" on our white board... even though she can't read yet. It's the thought that counts.
Here's what else made this a good week.
When I left our home this morning, it was actually cold! It's finally starting to feel like fall and that gets me more in the mood to work. This energy saw me through my entire to do list for the day (plus a few extra things) before lunch. I'm going to ride this productivity high as long as I can.
Here's what I'm working on.
Continuing my internal series on keyboard short cuts, have to recommend Ctrl+Z this week.
This is known as the "Undo" or "Oh, shit!" shortcut. That is because it undoes the last thing you did.
This is mostly used in word processing or other programs where you make stuff. It is great if you deleted a chunk of material on accident, moved something where you didn't want it to go, or had an image go wonky in editing.
In many programs, you can keep Ctrl+Zing until you run out of things to undo.
The day the queen died, I was presenting a webinar. The news broke a few hours before the session was scheduled to start. On a day that is considered historic, it felt weird not saying anything. But, I'm an American citizen. She's not my queen. Also, aside from the fact that royalty are highly photographed, there were no ties to the content I meant to cover.
I chose to not say anything. While I came to that decision on my own, I did discuss it with my colleagues and the webinar organizers. Everyone seemed to be of the same mind. Yes, this is a moment we'll remember, but there's really no need to offer a response.
The next day, I opted to walk over to the British Embassy because it's not far from where we live. I was just curious and had no real intentions in mind. The press were numerous. As it was early, I was one of the few "regular folks" there. Three reporters approached me at once to ask if I would like to share my comments. While I have "thoughts" about the Queen and the monarchy in general, I declined. I didn't feel the need to share those thoughts beyond discussions with those I know.
As a constantly online person, when certain things happen I always have the urge to respond. But I have a rule that I need to wait at least a few hours. What happens is that gut reaction often disappears and I find that my voice is not one that needs to share. Yes - certain things I will opine on but, more often than not, I find that it's best to not comment.
At what point do you comment on important events?
This morning, I walked over to the British Embassy. I have many feelings about the passing of Queen Elizabeth. I'm not sure I could explain them all, but walking over there felt like something I should do. The weather was cool and the walk wasn't far. The scene was what you'd expect. I politely declined to be interviewed. While my feelings are still all over the place, it was a pleasant way to spend some time before the work day.
Here's what else was nice this week:
I feel like life has been going non-stop the past few weeks. Usually, I have one "down" day at work each week where I can focus on mindless stuff. Those have been non-existent lately. Even my admin days are full. I'm ready for my schedule to ease up but I don't think that is going to happen any time soon.
Here's everything I've been working on.