January 2020 Newsletter

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This is the first in what we hope will become a regular monthly Whitefield Cares! Newsletter. This month's newsletter features an article by our very own Aging Coach, Harriet Vaughan. I find the topic of this newsletter particularly relevant! Without knowing that January was "Get Organized" month, my wife Margaret and I have been busily engaged this month in well, organizing, or at least something that passes for organizing. Like most people, we have a junk drawer in our kitchen but that drawer can't possibly hold all the junk we've managed to accumulate over the years, so we also have a couple of "junk rooms," rooms that we have over the years managed to fill with... er... stuff. Lots of stuff. Mountains, buckets, closets, shelves, and boxes of stuff. We're making progress! It's a long, hard process, but cathartic, to say the least! I wish I'd had this newsletter to read before we started!

Before moving on: we're looking for contributors for future newsletters and help with website and Facebook content. If you'd like to help out, write an article, or have a good story idea, please contact us at info@whitefieldcares.org and let us know. Also, help us get the word out: tell your friends and neighbors about Whitefield Cares! Feel free to forward them this email or point them to our website or Facebook page for more information!

George Fergusson

Getting Things Done When You're Over 60

by Harriet Vaughan
Professional organizers all over the country have proclaimed January as Get Organized Month, in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions. As a professional organizer who is over 70, I have a different take on it. I am just less ambitious than I was when I was younger. However, I still need to deal with the accumulations of too much stuff that seems to hang around relentlessly. My energy level, attention span, and short-term memory fluctuate, so I rely on three mental tools to guide me and keep me motivated. They are, in no particular order:
  1. My commitment scale
  2. A mantra “No blame – no shame”
  3. The ability to think like a ghost
To enlarge on them:
  • The commitment scale asks the question “How likely am I to use this or finish this on a scale of 1 to 10?
  • The “no blame – no shame” mantra allows you to release things without beating yourself up or laying a trip on others.
  • The ability to think like a ghost is to project yourself into a future time when you are not the one in charge of decisions being made about your stuff but, instead, you imagine how others will deal with it.
Then there are the physical tools to get you started:
  • A timer
    • to help you remember, especially when cooking
    • to avoid procrastinating by chunking a task into shorter units of time
    • to stop sooner, take a break, change activity
  • Sticky notes
    • To remind where you put something or a change you are making that isn’t a habit yet
  • A highlighter = yellow marking pen
    • Highlight due dates and money amounts on bills to be paid
    • Appointment times
  • A tickler file to place paperwork in a place where you’ll find it at the time it is needed.

Highlights from the January 15, 2020 Whitefield Cares! Meeting

The regularly scheduled January meeting of Whitefield Cares! Was held on January 15th at 4:00 PM at the Whitefield Elementary School. Previous meetings had started at 6 PM but we thought it was better holding the meeting earlier. We had a new person join us, they heard about Whitefield Cares from the website (it's working!) and we had an unexpected visit from Representative Chloe Maxmin (she represents Maine House District 88 which includes Chelsea, Whitefield, Jefferson, part of Nobleboro) who was interested to learn more about our work.

Author: Lise Hanners
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Next Meeting

The next meeting of Whitefield Cares! will be on February 4th at 4:00 PM in the Whitefield Elementary School Library. And remember, the Latest Version of the Whitefield Cares! Resource List is always available on our website! You can also find it on the Town of Whitefield website under the Community menu option or just click on this button!
Thanks for reading. See you soon!

The Whitefield Cares! Team