If you make a schedule that is ongoing and therefore seemingly infinite, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. If, however, you make it your goal to achieve one small improvement every day, and try to keep a track of what you have done and what you might do next, I find that much more realistic and workable.
My garden was a terrible mess after the winter, and after my post-natal depression kept me indoors so much last year. It was so bad that I didn't even take any photographs before I started the improvements. Finally I decided that enough was enough. Something had to be done. I started on a weekend and dedicated a whole day to clearing mess from the floor, and pruning the Medusa like tendrils of my climbing plants. It made a huge different and we had a barbeque to celebrate. Next, I dug over and weeded the flowerbeds. Then I spent an afternoon planting up some fruit bushes I bought from Home bargains very inexpensively. And this morning I swept the patio and filled five garden bags with leaves and rubbish (yes, it really was that bad). It looks SOOOO much better. In my head I have a list of the other things that need doing:
1. Wash and declutter the garden toys. Think about suitable longterm storage.
2. Get rid of the compost bin and replant the area where it has been; deal with the brambles that have grown up in that area.
3. More planting.
I don't know which I'll do first; I don't want to be slavish about it. But that plan is there, in my head, waiting to be executed. I was thinking of writing it down in a notebook - a kind of ongoing plan of action. I might try it, BUT if those words on the page begin to condemn me and overwhelm me I shall stop immediately. Those of us who are schedule phobic can, I believe, plan to succeed without the lengthy and ongoing to do list. It just takes a little bit of creativity to discover what works for you.
Happy cleaning, organising, decluttering, making life happy and sparkly and bright.
Love Jo x