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Happiness is not the Absence of Problems

Happiness is not the Absence of Problems

Happiness is not the absence of problems

Good morning!

Are you ready to face a new year?  I am.  Not that the date on the calendar changes much, it is merely the way to mark time.  One day to the next is much the same, what you do with that time or what you dwell upon has more force on how you deal with life than a date.

A new year just makes us reflect on what we would like to accomplish, maybe set some goals and be more focused on those goals.  Personally I need to get more organized with my time, I have been going too many different directions the past few years that I am wasting time rather than accomplishing what I know is possible if I focus.

This statistic says it all: Multi-tasking decreases productivity by 20-40% more than those who focus on one project at a time.  The time lost switching among tasks increases the complexity of the those tasks. University of Michigan

So here is to focusing and regaining productivity.   Truth be told, I was more organized and productive when I was raising my 4 kids than I am now.

That being said, as I look ahead on what to provide here, what would you like to see more of here on Flower Patch?

I look forward to sharing more helpful ideas, lessons and tips in 2017!

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Margie Dulany

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Hi, Pamela.

I enjoy your posts. They are so informative, especially the painting ones! You are so right about how we are to spend our time. It reminds me of a Bible verse found in Psalms 90:12. "Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." God wants us to live our lives to the fullest every day. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour when I was thirteen years of age. Ever since then, He has been showing me how I should be spending my time.....serving Him! After all, He is the creator of time. I am looking forward to more of your wonderful posts!


Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

It is all about note taking, scheduling, and i know you folks out there do not like multi....but when you are working in your own homes it really is easy to multi.... My experience is an everyday notebook about each room and the needs of it. The time to spend on certain details, and of course following through on each phase. If one takes the time and most of all the goal of cleaning these areas it can be very doable. Example: today i have the two bedrooms to clean. The issues of these two are the following......Now, when tasks are repeated, one will find notes are not necessary. Yes, i know it sounds as though i have domestic help....Well, this can apply to such. Make the time and the goals that are reality for you.

By the way Pamela, with the square footage you have, this is really a no brainer. Of course if one is into collecting this can be a big hinderance. Keep it simple, life has too many challenges to be buried in domestic things. Sharing life with those you love is the key of it all.....

Lastly, does anyone do their seasonals? I find this to be the best time of the seasons. Imagine, organizing the seasonals, and ridding yourself of things that don't work anymore. What a great way to give these to others. The saying holds true....if you have not used it in a year, then rid yourself of it...Or if you intend to make a purchase of a piece of clothing say a blouse, be sure you give one away to replace it with the new. Another great way to have a reminder if 'you really need it'.......good luck to all. I promise it will help.


Monday 2nd of January 2017

Thank you for that quote! I am a doctor who works with patients who are morbidly obese. It is VERY hard to lose weight once you have gained a lot of weight. Often, my patients also don't feel very good about themselves, low self-esteem and have turned to food as either a friend or comfort. If I may I am going to put your quote up in my office.

Happy New Year, Mary


Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Feel free to put up the quote. I hope it is helpful for everyone.

Naomi S.

Monday 2nd of January 2017

Hi, Pamela. Happy New Year to you, too!

In relation to your question about what people want to see on your blog I would have to say that the gardening posts are the most interesting to me as I love plants and am always wanting information about the best ways to care for them. I am not much of a painter, so the painting lessons, though sometimes interesting to me are usually not. What else? Project-type posts and tutorials always grab my attention, too.

I hope this helps with your plans for your blog.


Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Thank you for responding to this Naomi, it is very helpful. If you wish you can choose the option for email of the garden posts mostly. In case you have not done that yet it is at the bottom of the email you get from me. Uncheck all boxes except the the garden one and you will get mostly garden posts and an occasional newsletter. Kindest Regards, Pamela.


Sunday 1st of January 2017

I'm lucky I'm very organized, got it from my mama, but I still can be overwhelmed with everything there is to do. I feel I don't have the time to visit other bloggers like I used to and that saddens me, but I also have to focus on what needs to be done on my own site. I decided mid 2016 I'm not going to keep up with the "Jones" in the blogging word, I have to just be me and do what works for me. I'd love to have a bigger income from it but I'm also not willing to give up everything to make that happen. I did get my binders around for 2017 and have my bills, recipes, and blog calendar started and ready to go. I work better being organized! Happy New Year Pam!

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