KISS Me Quick…

Recently…I’ve been…cleaning out…the garage…the cabinets…the closet…whilst I was sorting…and deciding how to best store what remained…Bertha…strolled by long enough to remind me…of a principle that I read several years ago…in the book…Organizing From the Inside Out…by…Julie Morgenstern…

Essentially…it said…that it didn’t matter how fancy or expensive your organization system is…if it isn’t convenient…you won’t use it…

The wisdom of that statement…has proven itself to me time and time again…as I have moved at least three times since reading it…now…I try to look at each item…and consider its use…how often I use it…and how convenient it needs to be…obviously…the coffee maker…wouldn’t get returned to the garage on a daily basis…and…sits on the counter…the pancake griddle…on the other hand…can be stored in the cabinet…and brought out on special occasions…before relegating it to a new home…

I also set my office up at work…using the same principle…how convenient will it be to file a document…do I have to get up and walk across the room…or…can I just swivel in my chair…

I took the reminder…and continued sorting and storing…thinking…that was that…but…we’re talking…Bertha…so…of course…she said it reminded her of my life…

Huh…

First…she brought up…exercise…it doesn’t matter how expensive the gym membership…or…the sports equipment…if it’s not convenient…I’m not going to do it…

Hmmm…

Then…she continued with…diet…again…it doesn’t matter how incredible the plan is…if it isn’t convenient…I won’t stick with it…

Hmmm…

Lastly…she mentioned…spiritual practice…again…reminding me…that if I make it too complicated…have to be in a certain chair…at a certain moment…after fasting…or…whatever limitations I might put on it…I won’t do it…

Hmmm…

And…she’s right of course…I have found all of those things to be true as well…now…I wonder…how will I store this…wisdom…so that I can easily retrieve it…

Jane

Reassure the Patient…

Assemble your equipment…reassure the patient…those were the first to steps of every nursing procedure when I was in nursing school…they could be done simultaneously…if the equipment was already in the patient’s room…

What I didn’t understand at the time…and what…Bertha…has been happy to point out to me…since…is that assembling the equipment…is part of the reassurance…

Nothing is more concerning to a patient…than a bumbling nurse…who keeps leaving the room because…she forgot something…

But…more than that…assembling the equipment…is reassuring to the nurse…gives her a nice run through of how the procedure is done…let’s her see it in her mind…just gets her ready…and who wants to waste a pair of sterile gloves…because they forgot to open something before putting them on…well…I may have done that a time or two…and it is quite frustrating

Anyway…I hadn’t thought of these concepts in a while…but…Bertha…brought it up to me in the gym this morning…I was doing a new routine today…I’d read it carefully…several times…when I got there…I started by assembling the equipment…grabbing the mat…picking out the dumbbells…changing the pulls on the machine…so…when I was ready for the next exercise…it just flowed…well…at least as much as it could flow since I’m still learning the techniques

So…I’m going through the process…and…Bertha…is sitting on a bench…doing her nails and watching…but…she reminded me of the old nursing procedures…saying that…they relate to so much more than nursing…or…even gyms…for that matter…

Hmmm…I contemplated that a bit…as much as I could and concentrate on the work at hand…and realized…that not only was she right…she’d managed to reassure me in the process…

Jane