I just have too many things that I want to get done and all of them are equally shiny and goal-worthy. The problem is as soon as I set down some firm resolutions on one aspect, another one pops up that seems incredibly more important and I switch targets. If I’m writing, I get caught up in art. If I’m trying to exercise more, eating better distracts me. If I’m cleaning I end up organizing (which are not at all the same thing!). This is very much a lather-rinse-repeat cycle, so I start a thousand projects and finish none of them.
I’ve had lots of very well meant advice about picking one thing and focusing on doing only that… but my brain doesn’t work that way (at all). So it’s time to try something different. Instead I’m going to create a list of the one thing in each category and then try to create trigger points during my day that will remind me to work on them.
Building on my log for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m going to spend the next few weeks doing some habit forming experimentation and tracking over on this page.
Will it work? Who knows! But at least it’s movement in the right direction… 🙂
It has been a crazy couple of months since my last update on this list. We’ve moved houses, done emergency dog fostering, rolled up our sleeves and started prepping the old house to be a rental, and waded into the mess of unpacking before getting new roommates– whew!
So now that things have settled down a smidge, it’s time for me to start looking back over the list and see just how far I have left to go… (hint: walking to Mordor seems more plausible a goal at this point)
Which, I’d like to point out, I actually got done on the 1st– even if it is well past my self-assigned bedtime. So, erm, victory? (Someday I will master this whole ‘Being An Adult‘ thing, but not quite yet.)
I had problems focusing on accomplishing things last year, but the one thing I did end up stumbling into was the idea of trying new things instead of just improving old skills. The Silicone caulk molds and plaster and resin casting weren’t anything I’d ever done before, but they turned out to be a lot of fun! If a tad unorganized…
So this year I’m going to do things right and not lose sight of what I’m trying to accomplish. I’m scheduling posts for the first Saturday of each month for the rest of the year as check-ins. No way I’m losing track of this set of 12!
I’ve been puttering about trying to come up with some good New Year’s Resolutions and I stumbled across a post by Cheryl Barker on choosing yearly ‘theme words’… and I found my hook! 🙂
Moving Mountains with Teaspoons has been my unofficial tagline for a while now and I decided to make it official for 2013. While I’m not quite up to doing a list of daily resolutions like I did for 2011, I figured I could pick the smallest possible improvement for each area and then throw in some larger goals as well.
Of course so was yesterday and so is tomorrow, but that doesn’t stop me from falling into the same New Year craze as everyone else. Today is a fresh start, a blank slate, a day in which I can redefine who I am and what I do in one wild sweep of the brush— Yeah, I’m not buying it either, but it sounds nice, doesn’t it? *wistful sigh*
I had a lot of fun with last years massive list of 335 daily resolutions, I was tempted just to recycle them since most of I wrote down is generic enough that I could do it all over again. (Or do it the first time–for the ones I missed.)
As unrealistic as it is to assume that we are issued a blank slate and a fresh start on the first day of a new year, I found myself unable to really put any long term goals on paper before today. I had some hazy ideas of what I wanted to do and some rather concrete ideas of what I didn’t want to do, but it isn’t until today that I’ve been able to start breaking them down.
I started with the basic idea that at the end of 2011 that I wanted concrete things that I could look back on as having accomplished. So I’m making a list of daily things that I can check off, and yes that means beyond the cut is 365 days worth of things (minus holidays, vacations, and NaNoWriMo) that I plan on doing.
As new events are planned, I will go back and move things around, so items may be moved off into a ‘bonus points’ list for the month. But I’m trying to keep all of the goals simple and easy to do in under an hour. That way if I have more time and energy, I can think up additional things to do based on the monthly theme, and if not I can just get the task done and over with.
2010 Monthly Themes : Finances, Eating Healthy, Getting Organized/Simplifying, Learn Something New, Active Powers Activate!, Indulge Creativity, Home Business, Simplify/Clarify, Family/Friends, Home Improvement, NaNoWriMo, Reflection