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!
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!
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!)
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!
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!
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:
Export Blogger posts to this blog
Trim monster shrub by mailbox
Clean off bar area
Clean up spare bedroom
Clean up workout room
Clear off laundry room counter
Clean up area behind couch
Make eye doctor appointment
Organize seasonal decorations
Get prices for trash pickup
Take plastic to dump
Change burned out bulbs in chandelier and laundry room
Sew buttons on husband’s shorts
Clean out makeup and nail polish
Clean out clothes bin
Take bags to Goodwill
Clean out car #1
Clean out car #2
Put away summer clothes/shoes
Put solar lights by sidewalk
Order electronic transcripts from grad school
Update songs on iPod
Hang dry erase board in office
Back up phone pictures to computer
Back up computer to external hard drive
Paint kitchen wall
Sign up for auto bill pay for water bill
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!