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Ruthless

Ruthless prioritization: This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I heard the specific phrase used by Yahoo.com CEO Marissa Mayer.

With a huge company to run and a newborn baby, that’s how she determines how to spend her precious minutes. I’ve been trying to run my life with ruthless prioritization because it’s the only way I can stay on top of things. It’s not super fun, but I’ve become quite an efficient machine. Plus, with only a few Christmas-related exceptions, I haven’t stepped foot into TJ Maxx or Michael’s in a couple of years, which has saved me hours upon hours. Those stores make my blood run warm and sweet… oh gosh, the self-control makes my body ache. I need some unneccessary craft products NOW!

But ruthless. I love the word ruthless. It implies an unmatched level of sharp, logical decisions that might hurt feelings and make people mad, depending on where they rank in your priority ladder. It’s not personal. Ninjas and CIA agents are ruthless—all the cool people, you know. I love the word because I romanticize it, and I romanticize it because I’m the opposite of ruthless. I’m a softie people pleaser who cries at the drop of a hat and is distracted by fun and interesting things. Usually.

The only exception is when it comes to Santa Claus. I’ve always gotten pleasure from telling children that there is no Santa and then laughing at them when they cry. I tell them with laser-like focus and intensity. Then I laugh.

What can I do for you today?

Are you ruthless? How? And most importantly, why? I think it’s important that you enjoy it.

*I had lots of wine while writing this and thought it was hilarious. My bad. Also, I haven’t spilled the beans on Santa since I was five or six, but the thought of those kids’ faces still makes me laugh.

 

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  1. Craft stores… Are evil, sneaky, expensive, and I hate them with a fiery passion!
    And by that, I mean that I spend way too much time in there. I look at everything, pick up a metric butt-ton of stuff I don’t need (and sometimes don’t even know what to do with), circle back around, pick up more stuff, put some stuff back once I realize that I’m about to spend $100 on beads and little shiny things that I don’t have time to mess with in the first place, walk around some more, because, “OOH! Preeeeeeety…” – it’s HORRIBLE!

    Ninjas are pretty ruthless. I wish I had the lady-balls to be one! I’m a pleaser too, and I drive me nuts sometimes. Ruthless prioritization. I like that.

    • I’m pretty sure that my craft closets/cabinets/piles (yes, all these exist) could rival a store in selection and variety. I’m pretty good about finishing projects unless it involves crafting. Do you too have a large supply of paper for beautiful projects that you will create some day? UGH!

  2. How awesome that I stumbled upon this post after I had just spent all day feeling bad about projects and people that need to go on the back burner for a bit. Heh! Synchronicity or something! Anyway, new reader, good post. :)

  3. Hi!

    I really like this post: somehow, I missed that quote from her. Having relatively recently launched a blog while still working a day job AND trying to juggle the million other things it takes to run a life effectively (and I’m single with no kids–how the EFF do moms do it?!?!), this concept of RUTHLESS prioritization is intriguing. I’ve definitely been setting priorities, but now I must wonder if I’m being ruthless enough. Thanks for the food for thought!!!

    Best,
    Cory
    Quirky town.
    Newest Post: “HELP:I’ve Turned Into a Morning Person!!!!”

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