Let’s Get Organized with Finish It Friday

posted by Aby Garvey on March 22, 2013 19 Comments

Happy Friday my friends! I hope you had a great week. Ours was action packed, with two online classes just getting underway. Whew! I’m ready for a little R & R…but based on my weekend plans it might be a little while before I get some. How about you? Do you have a busy weekend planned, or do your plans call for some relaxation and recovery from a crazy week? Regardless, if you’re looking for extra motivation to have some fun and get stuff done, please join me for Finish It Friday by sharing your to-do list in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

checklist simplify 101Fun

  • Run 4 miles. Nope. No new shoes yet (boo!) and I think the old ones are starting to create problems. :(
  • Attend Get Organized St. Louis Expo. If you’re local and are interested in attending, the details are below. I will be doing a general organizing Q&A at the end of the program and Janine Adams who teaches our Habits + Routines workshop is one of the speakers. I’d love to see you there! Check! It was really great. :)

Who: National Association of Professional Organizers-St. Louis Chapter
What: The chapter will present on the following organizing topics: Home Office/Papers, Productivity/Time Management, Garage/Basements
Where: St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO 63376.
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00am-12:30pm.
Why: To provide an educational program for the public on the importance of order in home and work, and give solutions to the organizing challenges we face today.
Cost: $49 (March 22 , $59 at the door (if tickets are available)
Go here to learn more about Get Organized St. Louis

  • Watch NCAA basketball. I love, love, love this tournament. (Go Michigan State!) Check! (Yay!)

Done

  • Laundry Check!
  • Meal Plan / Grocery Shop Check!
  • Get shoes. Keep your fingers crossed that my shoes arrive! I’d really like this task to fall off my to-do list completely. Not yet, see above. 
  • Get hairspray. Now this seems like a really random thing for the Finish It Friday list, but Beauty Brands is having a $7.98 hairspray sale. Since it isn’t part of my normal routine to go there…I’m adding it to my Finish It Friday list just so I’m extra motivated to make sure it happens. ;)  Check!
  • Project Life. Photo editing and ordering prints. (It’s official. I am behind. But I will not stop this year. No I won’t.) As of the time of updating this, I have a partial check. But…I’m off to do more. :)
  • Add-ons:  1) I finished a lingering task (made a little clipboard for Janine which has been on my to-list for way, way too long. It feels so good to finish lingering tasks that I want to find more lingering tasks to finish. Don’t worry…I won’t have to look far.) 2) I compiled our tax documents. (It probably seems late, but when you run a business you’re always doing something tax related all year long, so I always need a little break before doing the personal taxes.) 3) I cleaned out my goody bag from Healthy Living Expo. 
Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for joining me. :)

Alight…that is the plan so far. I’m sure lots of little things will get filled into the cracks…but it’s a good start to a plan for the weekend.

Hope you have a great weekend! If you’re local and can make it to the Organizing Expo, let me know you’ll be there so we can connect. Thanks!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • March 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Hello :) and Happy Friday :)

    More Fun:
    1. take daughter to little gym to allow hubby to sleep in after a grueling work trip this week
    2. do a family meal and maybe invite more family to join us

    More Done
    1. keep going on the laundry ~ big catch up after machine was out of action for a week! yikes ~ 16 loads and about half way through now!
    2. Plan our jobs around the house list for next week ~ hubby home for a break and I plan to put him to work LOL!
    3. work on my meal planning
    4. collect parcel from post office

    happy weekend everyone

    March 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hope you’re having a great weekend Hannah!

    • March 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Hi. Did you see Ali Edwards’ post about being behind on PL? There were some great take-the-pressure-off ideas/comments! http://aliedwards.com/2013/03/catching-up-on-project-life.html :)

      March 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks for this Stacie! I’ll check it out.

      • March 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

        Oh I wish I was more local so I could go to the expo!
        On my fun list:
        -PL 2013 (I’m behind too!)
        -Scrapbook layout for Document Life Workshop Challenge
        -PL 2011

        Done:
        -Haircut at 10:30 saturday
        -Donation letters
        -birthday thank you notes
        -plan for our tax refund
        -order picts for project life
        -review grants
        -create end of the month checklist
        -Couch to 5K workout
        -plan coupon deals (it’s triple coupon week at our schnucks!)

        I have a lot to do! And my daughter wants to go to the museum so we might do that.

        March 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        Ok,so it was a pretty productive weekend. I organized my project life cards like yours Aby. And I LOVE it. I did two weeks of Project Life 2013 so I’m only one week behind (and it’s the big birthday week/mom visiting have 200 photos week), which I can catch up on this week. I also made big progress on My Project Life 2011 album! I didn’t make my scrapbook page though. So that’s the fun stuff.

        For my intended done list:

        Done:
        -Haircut at 10:30 saturday CHECK – except my appt was at 12:30 and I had it written differently on the calendars so I had to call and check.
        -Donation letters – NOPE this is a lingering task I need to TAKE ACTION on.
        -birthday thank you notes – CHECK
        -plan for our tax refund – CHECK
        -order picts for project life – NOPE – I’m doing a massive upload and plan to order during one of my lunch hours since I can do it from the web!
        -review grants CHECK
        -create end of the month checklist CHECK
        -Couch to 5K workout CHECK
        -plan coupon deals (it’s triple coupon week at our schnucks!) CHECK

        March 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        So glad you love the new organization of your Project Life cards!! Hooray. :)

        I wish you could have gone to the Expo, Alissa. You would have loved it! Maybe next year.

        ~ Aby

        • March 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          Can’t believe it’s friday already !!!!

          Fun:
          1) Watch the HS Winter Percussion Group Competition
          2) Go visit with family early sunday to see my neices new baby
          2) Go to two performances my son is playing in on sunday night

          Done:
          1) Usual weekend housework and laundry catchup
          2) Early sat morning at my daughters finishing the second coat on the upstairs
          3) Put up new artwork in my sons room
          4) Scan 1/3 box of photos.. as you might recall from last week the LAST box was next to the scanner.. I managed to finish almost 1/3 of it simply by stopping everytime I went downstairs and putting more on the scanner.. if I can finish another 1/3 I’m sure I can do the last of it during the week meaning I will have reached my New Year goal of finishing the scanning by the end of the first quarter !!

          Have a great weekend everyone.. wish I were local so I could attend that Expo :-)

          March 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          Good luck with the scanning!

          March 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

          Fun:
          1) Watch the HS Winter Percussion Group Competition
          2) Go visit with family early sunday to see my neices new baby
          2) Go to two performances my son is playing in on sunday night

          Done:
          1) Usual weekend housework and laundry catchup DONE
          2) Early sat morning at my daughters finishing the second coat on the upstairs DONE
          3) Put up new artwork in my sons room half done
          4) Scan 1/3 box of photos.. as you might recall from last week the LAST box was next to the scanner.. I managed to finish almost 1/3 of it simply by stopping everytime I went downstairs and putting more on the scanner.. if I can finish another 1/3 I’m sure I can do the last of it during the week meaning I will have reached my New Year goal of finishing the scanning by the end of the first quarter !! OMG I’M DONE DONE !!! I went to bed last night with not a single thing in my house to be scanned!!! Thanks so much for the push Aby.

          March 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

          Oh and I was so excited about the scanning I forgot to say I did all the fun things too :-)

          March 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          Yay, Donna!! I’m so excited that you finished your scanning project. That must feel incredible!! Congrats!
          I wish you could have gone to the Expo, too. It was really fun.
          ~ Aby

          • March 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

            Yeah for the weekend! Ready for finish-it Friday. :)

            DONE:

            *Laundry
            *Vacuum downstairs
            *Change out linens
            *Run 20(!) miles on Saturday – I am both nervous + excited, this will be my longest run to date :)
            *Tidy up front porch
            *Finish my book – I am so close to being done!
            *Pay a couple of bills

            FUN:

            *Enjoy my mom’s weekend visit :)
            *Pizza + Movie night
            *Dinner out Saturday
            *Flag football games for both of my boys on Sunday

            • March 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

              Glad to be posting to FIF again after missing last week :)

              FUN:
              *Easter Eggstravaganza with grandson
              *Read – for fun!
              *Walk
              *Play with Silhouette

              DONE:
              *Archive Bible class materials
              *Prep for Sunday Bible class
              *Plan Bible class unit for next month
              *Meal planning/grocery shopping
              *Continue organizing digital photos
              *4H volunteer work (1-2 hrs)
              *Bookkeeping (2 hrs)

              March 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

              Sorry about your shoes, Aby :(

              It was a pretty good weekend here, all in all. Here’s the update:

              FUN:
              *Easter Eggstravaganza with grandson – We went, but it was really cold so didn’t stay long…CHECK!
              *Read – for fun! No :(
              *Walk – CHECK!
              *Play with Silhouette – CHECK!

              DONE:
              *Archive Bible class materials – CHECK!
              *Prep for Sunday Bible class – CHECK!
              *Plan Bible class unit for next month – made a little progress
              *Meal planning/grocery shopping – CHECK!
              *Continue organizing digital photos – CHECK! (It feels really good to be getting this project underway, so it’s kinda on the “fun” list too.)
              *4H volunteer work (1-2 hrs) – no, but I’m headed off to work on it as soon as I post this.
              *Bookkeeping (2 hrs) – CHECK!

              • March 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

                Wow, can hardly believe it’s Friday already.

                Saturday –

                Get the flower beds cleaned out (must do Saturday in the warm before we get another 6″ or snow)

                Making a plan for home spring cleaning.

                Sunday –

                Laundry

                Make ahead cooking

                Deep clean family room – Dusting, windows, ceiling fan, vacuum

                Find a bit of time for my scrapbooking

                • March 23, 2013 at 1:37 am

                  This week has been a little crazy with my close friend in the hospital. Basically unless I’ve been sleeping or working, I’ve spent every every spare minute there with her. So, it hasn’t been a terribly productive week. Hopefully we can remedy some of that this weekend (she’s back home and recuperating).

                  DONE:
                  -Grocery Shop/Errands
                  -Clean kitchen
                  -Speed clean (to make up for not getting anything else done during the week)–This includes setting a timer and busting through as many of my chores as I can in 15 minutes. I may up my time if I’m feeling particularly motivated… but 15 minutes is my minimum.
                  -Laundry
                  -hand-wash shirt (I may be able to link this with laundry if I can find enough of a similar color to run through a delicate cycle.
                  -organize planner/calendar
                  -get taxes paperwork from my sister

                  FUN:
                  -Write (goal #1)– I’m behind too. My goal is two-fold. MInimum of one hour and to finish Chapter Two. But it should be do-able
                  -Stake Conference (it’s a religious meeting that takes place twice a year… I wouldn’t call it fun so much as rejuvenating)
                  -Sleeeeeep! :-)
                  -Spontaneous fun

                  March 26, 2013 at 1:03 am

                  DONE:
                  -Grocery Shop/Errands–CHECK
                  -Clean kitchen–CHECK
                  -Speed clean–it ended up being more of a speed de-clutter, but CHECK
                  -Laundry-CHECK
                  -hand-wash shirt– I was able to run it in a delicate cycle… so CHECK
                  -organize planner/calendar–CHECK
                  -get taxes paperwork from my sister–CHECK

                  FUN:
                  -Write (goal #1)– Nope. We’ll try to do better on the writing thing this week.
                  -Stake Conference (I wouldn’t call it fun so much as rejuvenating)–CHECK
                  -Sleeeeeep!–CHECK
                  -Spontaneous fun–some cooking, some good old fashioned TV time… CHECK

                  March 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

                  Sounds like you had a good weekend, Shanon! I hope you get back into the writing groove this week. Maybe bite size it down a bit more…just 30 minutes and don’t worry about finishing the chapter. That will fall into place in time. :)
                  Have a great week!
                  Aby