What’s Your Porn Star Name?

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Mine’s Scampy Pear Tree. Sexy, huh?

About as sexy as actually seeing me in a porn movie, I reckon.

(You get your name by combining your childhood pet’s name with the name of the street you grew up on.)

But I digress.

I’m writing today about systems. How I systematize my life. Because I do.

I am the least spontaneous person you will ever meet. Everything I do or say is considered carefully before I take action.

There are odd occasions when I blow up but even then I’m usually shouting things I rehearsed in my head earlier.

When I do act impulsively, I usually regret it.

So I sleep on things, consider every angle, go back and buy the next day.

I do lots of little things routinely in a systematic, organized way.

I like that.

Order. Control. Planning. Calm.

So here are my systems. Just for you. Here. Right now. Just because.

20 Ways I Systematize My Life

1. My fridge is organized with the dairy produce on top, fruits and veggies on the second shelf, proteins and grains on the bottom.

2. I have a daily school lunch menu and a corresponding shopping list.

3. I make lunches the night before.

4. I have a fortnightly dinner plan with corresponding weekly and monthly shopping lists.

5. I take the boys grocery shopping. They get to choose one item for the family and get a $2 budget to buy themselves a treat. They have to help me shop, unload the car and put away.

6. I prepare dinner in the morning.

7. I only have two spares of anything. (A work in progress.)

8. I change sheets on a Friday.

9. I aim to have all laundry folded, ironed and put away by Sunday evening.

10. My closet is organized by type of clothing and used in rotation.

11. I plan every day the night before. I use an online tool TeuxDeux.

12. I have lunch or coffee with a friend once a week else I become a online couch potato.

13. I listen to self development recordings while I exercise, fold clothes and have a sauna.

14. I write birthday cards at the beginning of the year and send them on the first of the month.

15. I do 15 minutes of TTapp every day followed by a sauna. I try to do this by 6:30am.

16. I spend 15 minutes working on my expenses every day.

17. I write one blog post and work on one new aspect of my blog every day.

18. I have a promotion plan for each blog post.

19.  I plan a ‘Don’t Have To Day’ once a month. A day when I don’t have to do anything – shower, launder, make dinner. I can do whatever I like. Like a vacation at home.

20. On Friday’s, I do things in the order I feel like. That’s about as spontaneous as I get.

Now, do I do these things all the time? No. Because I am a weak and feeble human person. I work on getting an 80% hit rate.

Update: Check out What’s Your Porn Star Name Pt II

What do you do to systematize your life? What habits do you have to make life easier for yourself? What’s your porn name? Please tell me in the comments!

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Minnesota Mamaleh October 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

oh my goodness alison! i should print this out, post it and live by it! it’s amazing! and i think your family must benefit from all of your organization! besides, who needs spontaneity? totally over-rated! 🙂
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Alison Golden October 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

Mamaleh 😉
I have a few years on you with the kids and I’ve picked up many of these habits in the past five years. Something about having a few concentrated hours by yourself to get everything done focuses the mind, no end.

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Mary E. Ulrich
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October 16, 2010 at 5:18 am

Alison, you are amazing and the most organized person I know. Even if I made a list like this, I’d lose it or it would get corrupted the first day.

My porn name is Tiger Galbraith.
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Alison Golden October 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Great name, Mary. I can see calling you Tiger! 🙂

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Lisa D Liguori
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October 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Well, it is not a wonder we are friends! I could have written this post! Except, the one thing I do not do is schedule a ‘dont have to do anything day’…but only cuz I hadn’t thought of it! I will now.
and my porn name? Tiger Leona. Kinda like it….

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Alison Golden October 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

DHT Day is a must! Totally restores my faith in everything I do. Just have to take the ‘have to’ out. And how many times a week to we tell ourselves, ‘I have to…’

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Jenn Sebben-Russo October 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

See- we have the same lists! Mine fits yours to a tee except for: I do not have a sauna- and I have not done a BLOG. Sure you didn’t copy me way back when our Sons were in Kindergarten? Does this mean anything?
My porn name: is Missy Butterscotch Arundel
Fondly- Jenn

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Alison Golden October 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Jenn:

Are you sure that’s not a REAL porn star name? 🙂 Just kidding.

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Shay
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December 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Well my porn star name is King Meadow….has a nice ring to it, eh??

You are a systematic QUEEN! The only true system I have in place is preparing food on the weekends. I will cook huge pots of soups, stews, fresh fruit, cute veggies, etc. During the week, getting my lunch or my dinner together happens in a cinch! But…I could learn from some of your systems. WOWZA!
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Alison Golden December 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hi Shay!

Actually I think I could learn from you. Batch cooking is not something I have ever got my head around and I think it would be helpful.

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Dead Cow Girl February 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Oh my. I think I have met my complete opposite. I have no schedule, no systems and no organizational skills at all. And it seems the harder I try, the further away I get.

I’m so terribly jealous.

Signed ,
Joe Route One.

I know! Least sexy porn name ever!

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Alison Golden February 22, 2011 at 8:00 pm

“Joe Route One. I know! Least sexy porn name ever!”

How ironic… 😉

And we should be buddies! We can learn from one another. I can get spontaneous, you can get organized.

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Dead Cow Girl February 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Inspired by you I’m actually finishing a list post I started ages ago on ways I’m trying to organize my life. I’ve a LONG ways to go though!

What ways would you want to be more spontaneous?
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Alison Golden February 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

So can I now say I inspired a dominatrix…? 🙂

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Dead Cow Girl February 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

And lookie how organized I am already! Left my comment in the wrong spot. 😉
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Dead Cow Girl February 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Yes you can. 😉

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