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Friday, December 28, 2012

Unexpected Do-ings

It seems that God took me quite seriously when I said that I wanted to do less planning and more do-ing, because there’s been a whole lot of doing going on this week, but very little of it was actually what I had planned!

One thing that I did do according to plan:  I took off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from the computer. 

I’ve mentioned before that one of my big goals is to become more intentional about what I’m doing when I’m on the computer and to waste less time aimlessly surfing.  It’s very easy for me to get so caught up in reading things on the web that I lose sight of the things I really want to be do-ing. 

What did I do instead? 

I spent more time with my family and I was more present in the moment, rather than thinking about all things I had to get done on the computer.  This was a win, but it’s not a permanent, long-term solution.

I use the computer for research and for keeping connected with a lot of worthwhile people.  I use it to check the weather report, get directions, find recipes that I’ve lost, and so on.  I simply can’t just cut it out.  So I need to find balance.  If I keep it for all work and never play---well, that’s setting myself up for failure.

Nipping the time-wasting in the bud is a must for me.  At the end of the week, I don’t want to have to say that I didn’t accomplish any of my goals because I was doing…oh, I don’t remember what on the internet. 

I see it as a bad habit, maybe even an addiction.  It’s hard to break bad habits and form new, more positive ones, so I expect this to be an ongoing struggle, but it’s worth it.

Goal #1:  Develop a schedule for my internet consumption that doesn’t leave me feeling starved, but that also doesn’t suck up all my free time.

This year my husband and I took a slightly different approach to gift-giving.  We decided to give our kids experiences to remember rather than just stuff.

So, each of the kids received 1-2 small, physical gifts that we knew they really, really wanted and some little things in their stockings.  But the 3 older kids also received a handwritten note explaining the experience that particular child would be sharing with one of their parents.

We had a hard time thinking about what kind of experiences to give them…in the end it came to us.  We just needed to listen more closely.

This week I listened to my kids with my whole heart.

And I learned what they needed from me.

Unexpectedly, the experiences have already started.  Because there’s no time like the present---the weather forced us to cancel some other plans, so we were able to jump in. 

Goal #2:  Seize the Day more often.  When something happens to disappoint, see it as an opportunity.

Now, I’m ashamed to admit that the house still isn’t organized and part of that is because my handy-dandy schedule kinda flew out the window during this vacation week.  I knew it would.  How can you worry about washing the kitchen floor when the kids are tracking in snow?

We won’t be “doing school” really next week, but I do intend to get back into a real routine.

Goal #3:  Make a list of the jobs I need to get done around the house to bring it up to my desired level of organization and cleanliness.  And then start doing them.

That’s a tall order, because it’s just possible that seeing it all in black and white will send me running for the hills.  Maybe I’ll write it in purple, instead. 

But, I really need a list to refer to so that I know what I need to do with those uninterrupted minutes when they unexpectedly present themselves.  Making the list is probably the hardest part.  I think I can.  I think I can.

Goal #4:  Organize and plan for the second half of our homeschool year.

We are pretty much on track, so this should be pretty simple, but I’ll need to see if there are any goodies I need from the library.  And I’ll be working in a few review products we have coming up.

Goal #5:  Create my blog goals for 2013.

Because I want to take this blog places! 

This week I researched a couple of projects that I thought I wanted to do on this blog.  And decided they were duds.

That’s actually good news!  Rather than spend mental energy on something that’s a no go, I just put it right out of my head.  So freeing!

And a couple of definitely viable projects are now my focus.  Yes, exciting things going on in my head.

Whew!  I’ve got a lot to DO!

How has your Christmas week been?  And what have you been do-ing lately? 

Link up or leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!


  1. I think that you have wonderful goals. I am in the same boat as you when it comes to the internet. I cannot 'stay' away. I need to stay connected. Right now I am recovering from foot surgery, so I am trying to use my time productively.

    I hope that you have a fantastic 2013!

  2. Thank you, Chrissy! I hope you have great 2013, too!

  3. Great post Susan! I think your goals are great. Inspiring - and I think the gift ideas for your kids were great. I notice that when I get consumed by the computer my kids get more needy. I am planning to become more intentional about spending time with them first and trying to use the early morning and evening for my computer time, when they are usually sleeping. I am with you on that goal as well.

  4. Time for me to think through some longer term goals. I'm going to pull out my old FlyLady binder and see what I can do.

    For this week, though, I got some sewing for charity done and mailed. For next week's post I''ll try to get some goals set up. That is more concrete; I know it will be helpful.

  5. Something to keep in mind---take a look at where you'd like to be and do the things that get you there. There are some things that have to be done, like laundry and dishes. But then there are things that we do that can be time sucks and that won't get us where we want to be.

  6. I can certainly relate to the computer. I live several hundred miles from my family, so I use email, facebook and my blog to share stories and pictures with them. Like you, I also do various research. However, I find myself getting side-tracked on unnecessary things, and I lose precious daylight hours. I really need to figure out a "plan" to utilize the internet effectively for work and play. Will definitely have to work on this!

  7. I think that the computer things is almost an epidemic. Clicking is addicting. For real. Have you read The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to Our Brains? That's an affiliate link, but see if you can find it at your library. I need to read it again. ;0)


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