Thoughts that occur while I sleep

I learned a long time ago that if I wanted to understand or figure something out, I must give it great thought and then walk away from it. Leave it sit for a while and it usually sits in the back of my brain (for want of a better description) percolating. Then when I go back to it I have either learned something or figured something out or am able to see it differently. After writing the post last night, I did some thinking about this house. This house is huge. 3 times the size of our house in Hawaii. There are literally areas we don't even go into for days. Keeping it clean is a chore in itself. I have the habit, from Hawaii, of doing the whole house in one day. Hell, the whole Hawaii house took me an hour. Here it takes me an hour to do the floors. Yikes. So clearly my 'do-it-all-at-once' attitude towards house cleaning has got to change. Then I also thought about how much time I waste every single day. I come home and sit in front of the computer for hours. I scroll Facebook incessantly, reading the same stories over and over and over. Ugh!!! So the whole losing weight and cleaning the house thing started to gel in my mind overnight and some thoughts occurred.

 I have 3 things I want to accomplish in the near future.
    1. Lose some weight
    2. Develop a plan for keeping this house clean
    3. Finish my dissertation
I can do all of these things if I plan carefully and develop some different habits.

I used to make to-do lists that listed the things in the order I wanted to do them. Those lists worked well for me. I would set out what I wanted to do that day and knock them out one by one. It wasn't perfect, but overall it worked well. I also know that if I am organized and follow my to-do lists, I generally end up with lots of free time. Being organized takes more time initially, but frees up time in the end. Plus, I want to be organized. I hate being disorganized and not knowing where things are or what I'm doing. Ugh!!! I hate that.

Where is all this leading? Well, today I am making a to-do list that includes getting organized and planning my days for cleaning, working out, and dissertation writing. Many of these things can be done simultaneously or while watching TV. Since I have developed the inability to really sit still to watch TV, I think this will be the perfect solution. So today will be the day of planning and setting things up for success. I'm excited about that and looking forward to it. I also need to decide if I should block out time on my schedule for these things or just make a list. What will work better for me????

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