Slack-Free September Wrap Up: The Good, The Bad, and The Slack-ly

30 Days, 30 Tasks, 30 Minutes (or Less)

Hello, October 1. Where did September go?!?

As you may have gathered, I didn’t quite finish my tasks in September. My final count was 12 out of 30, so I didn’t even half finish it. Sigh.

Despite not finishing, there were some good things. Obviously, getting some of those looming to-do items finished was the best achievement. Check out the original post to see what I finished.

Obviously, the bad was not finishing. I had high hopes (and a little bit of pressure from my husband) of finishing, and I didn’t, so I feel like I failed a little bit. I will get these items finished before the end of the year though!

This project taught me a couple of things. First, some things don’t take as long as I thought. I’m a chronic procrastinator because I usually think things will take a really long time to finish. If I know that things usually won’t take as long as I think, then that helps motivate me to do more. Second, the act of just starting is the most difficult task sometimes. Each day that I didn’t complete something, it was primarily because I didn’t want to get off the couch and get started. But, once I got started on something, it motivated me to do other things that weren’t even on my list but needed to be finished. I definitely want to have another 30 day project like this. I’m starting one for October, but it’s got a little different spin on it, so be on the lookout for that posting tonight!

Slack-Free September: Week 2 Update

30 Days, 30 Tasks, 30 Minutes (or Less)

I can’t believe I’m already halfway through September! Here’s my week 2 update:

September 8- Nothing

September 9- Get prices for trash pickup

September 10- Take plastic to dump (thanks husband!)

September 11- Nothing

September 12- Sign up for bank draft for the water bill

September 13- (Attempted to) sell vacuum- I’ve got it listed in a couple of Facebook groups and have gotten some interest, but no one is following up! I’m putting it on Craigslist next, and if that doesn’t work by the end of the month, I think we’re going to donate it somewhere. A for effort?

September 14- Nothing completed but halfheartedly started a couple of things

I’m 8 for 14 so far. That’s definitely not as far as I wanted to be or should be for this project, but I’m celebrating the fact that I have knocked 8 things off my to do list!

Also, I didn’t realize that my auto post to Facebook and Twitter feature wasn’t working correctly when I published my Week 1 update last week, so check it out and see what else I’ve knocked off my list!

Slack-Free September: Week 1 Update

We’re one week into Slack-Free September (which as a side note, I realize should have been Slacker-Free September. Slack-Free September kind of just sounds like we’re not wearing pants this month!)

30 Days, 30 Tasks, 30 Minutes (or Less)

So how did I do? Here’s my breakdown:

September 1- paint wall
September 2- order electronic transcripts from grad school
September 3- sew buttons on husband’s shorts 
September 4- nothing
September 5- clean out clothes bin
September 6- nothing
September 7- nothing

Yikes! I started out so well, but then I went downhill. It looks like I’m going to be doubling up on some tasks later this month!

How did you all do during your first week? I have to give a shout out to my work colleague Michele who finished the task of framing and hanging pictures, a task that she said she has been meaning to do for months! Way to go, Michele! If anyone else has any motivation, share it here!

I’m off to plan how I can do better during week 2!

Slack-Free September

30 Days, 30 Tasks, 30 Minutes (or Less)

Welcome to the new blog! I’m going to work on exporting all of the Blogger posts here so everything will be in one place. I put that item on my to-do list and as I started reading over the list, I realized that there were a lot of little things that I’ve been putting off. I’m sure a lot of you can relate here. You get the big, recurring tasks finished, but the little things fall through the cracks. If that sounds familiar to you, join me for Slack-Free September!

30 Days, 30 Tasks, 30 Minutes (or Less)
Starting tomorrow, September 1, I’ll be working to complete 30 tasks off my to-do list (1 per day). I’m devoting 30 minutes to each task, but I think a lot of them won’t take nearly that long (but some of them may take a little longer, so it’ll balance out).

So why am I posting this? For one thing, I want accountability. I want people to harass ask me about my progress, and I don’t want to embarrass myself. Also, by posting this, I hope that I will inspire some of you to work on those perky little nagging tasks that never seem to get checked off the list. I believe in the power of momentum. Once you start finishing little things, that gives you the momentum to take on the bigger things. That’s the principle behind Dave Ramsey’s debt snowball method, and I think it can be applied to every other area of your life!

Here are my 30 tasks:

  1. Export Blogger posts to this blog
  2. Trim monster shrub by mailbox
  3. Clean off bar area
  4. Clean up spare bedroom
  5. Clean up workout room
  6. Clear off laundry room counter
  7. Sell vacuum
  8. Clean up area behind couch
  9. Make eye doctor appointment
  10. Organize seasonal decorations
  11. Get prices for trash pickup
  12. Take plastic to dump
  13. Change burned out bulbs in chandelier and laundry room
  14. Sew buttons on husband’s shorts
  15. Clean out makeup and nail polish
  16. Clean out clothes bin
  17. Take bags to Goodwill
  18. Clean out car #1
  19. Clean out car #2
  20. Put away summer clothes/shoes
  21. Put solar lights by sidewalk
  22. Order electronic transcripts from grad school
  23. Find headphones
  24. Update songs on iPod
  25. Hang dry erase board in office
  26. Back up phone pictures to computer
  27. Back up computer to external hard drive
  28. Paint kitchen wall
  29. Sign up for auto bill pay for water bill
  30. Clean out work folder (the lone, non-time sensitive work task I’ve got right now)

I’ll update every Monday in September with my progress. Let me know if you plan to join me, even if you’re doing it on a smaller scale. Here’s to a slack-free September for all of us!