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Friday, January 4, 2013

Getting Things Done in the New Year

Last week I said I had 5 main goals to get done this week:

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.

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

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.

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

Goal #5:  Create my blog goals for 2013.

How did I do?

Hmm, methinks that my very first goal for this next week will be to print out a copy of my goals and plaster them somewhere right at eye level.  Because, you know, out of sight, out of mind and all that.  {wink}

The truth is, I totally dropped the ball with a couple of my goals, but I did do well in some areas:

I’m working at making goal #2 a habit.  I started by calling up my Mom and asking if I could bring the kids by for a visit sometime this week.  The visit worked out great and hopefully this success will help me to not talk myself out of things because of all the niggling thoughts of what could go wrong---if I can survive almost 4 hours alone in the car with all 4 kids, well, I can pretty much conquer the world.

I’ve created my blog goals for 2013.  I’m not going to spell them out here, but, hopefully {hopefully} you will see the fruit of those goals soon.

I wrote out a list of what I need to do to reorganize and deep clean the kitchen and downstairs bathroom. 

And got started on it. 

Because tackling the whole house at once isn’t do-able.  I got started by cleaning out the fridge (which was long overdue).

One thing that definitely needed to happen to get our household running more smoothly:  a weekly fridge clean-out,  a weekly menu, and a weekly food shopping trip.  I may later work the menu and shopping into by-weekly.  Done for this week!

My husband (love this guy) cleaned both bathrooms when I was at my Mom’s with the kids.  Now, I just need to get them organized (imagine crammed cabinets).

The rest of the kitchen is still a work in progress, but at least I have a clear picture of how to tackle it.

Over the next week, I’ll be continuing with these same goals and adding something new.

I need to do the homeschool planning this weekend before we start again next week.  The pressure is a little off, because Mary is out of town until midweek, due to an unexpected offer by her Grandparents to go on a road trip with them.  I’ll be working with the boys, but only on independent stuff.

I totally flubbed the internet thing, partly because my schedule was out the window.  Partly because I’m not very disciplined.  Am I the only one?  I don’t think so.

I need to renew my commitment to cutting down on my internet consumption, and having a schedule to stick to will help in this area.

Last but not least…I have a birthday party to plan and prepare for!  On a bare minimum budget.  It should be fun!

How are you Do-ing?  If you’re joining this challenge to do Less Planning, More Doing, please link up!


  1. These are really good! Especially "Seize the day!" Mind if I borrow some of these for myself? I've never been much of a 'goal setter' but I need to learn how to organize my time. Thanks for these ideas!

  2. Hi Colleen,
    Borrow away, I'm glad to be helpful!

  3. You could do something like "for every 'organizing chore' I do, I get 15 min of internet time, etc. Might help motivate you! ;) Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you for the tip, D-L. I've tried something similar to that in the past, but I'm not very disciplined about sticking to the 15 minutes. LOL!


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