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And then there’s that.

I’m really good at some things. I mean, we all are, right?

Here’s what I’m good at:

– brainstorming and implementing new projects

– helping someone I care about solve a problem

– tackling a new skill

laundry todayAnd then there’s THAT. There are some things that I have a hard time doing. The tasks themselves aren’t difficult, but as it turns out, I’m heading-towards-lame when it comes to duties that — to me — lack the “wow” factor. Like laundry.

Recently, one of my boys revealed he is having a difficult time focusing in school. The behavior is mirrored at home in many ways. We are working with a team at his school to give him some strategies for coping. (Should we discover the behavior modifications aren’t working, we will continue to the next step.) Keeping him on task (when it comes to chores around the house), has made me realize how many less-than-exciting tasks I put off until they become overwhelming. Again, laundry comes to mind.

I have to say my Mom is one of the most get-it-done people I know. She tackles the small stuff before it becomes big stuff. I need to learn to do that. Yesterday, I made a very conscious effort to do a bunch of the little errands/jobs that I usually put off until the last possible moment: post office! unpacking the suitcases from our recent travel! insurance issue! Checking those little chores off my to-do list didn’t take as long as I had expected (dreaded) and resulted in a less stressful evening.

Which reminds me. I’ve got a load of laundry to deal with.

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Focus on What Matters

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Are you a New Year’s “resolutioner”? Or, instead, have you joined the #oneword365 crowd to come up with your One Word for 2014? Here’s the idea…choose just one word for the whole year. Forget the New Year’s resolutions and discover the impact that your one word can have on your actions and decisions. Use your one word as a compass to determine how you want to live or who you want to be.

This idea intrigued me because, truth be told, I am terrible at New Year’s resolutions.

Like most women my age, my life is cram-packed with family, work, and all kinds of activities, and that is exactly the way I like it. I enjoy the opportunity to wear several different hats (metaphorically speaking) and have snippets of every part of my life swirling around in my brain at any given moment.

The word I have chosen for 2014 is FOCUS. (I even put it on the wall of my office, in vinyl lettering.)

By focusing on FOCUS (oh the irony!) I am striving to be more present in every aspect of my life, whether it’s work-related or playing Ticket to Ride (our new favorite board game) with my sons.

What is your One Word?