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

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Slack-Free September

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!

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  1. Thanks for reading my blog and I love this idea. I am a huge procrastinator and I tend to put off things until too late or to never. Maybe I should try this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I’m totally a list person! I love getting organized with a list and CROSSING THINGS OFF. Sometimes the daily list stuff keeps me from accomplishing the long term piled up list though. I like your idea of being intentional for one month. Thanks!

    On another note, I’d love to learn from you about the details of blogging. I don’t understand all the lingo – RSS, export posts, etc. Do you have a good resource?

    • I’m sorry that it’s taken so long to reply! I’m still getting used to WordPress, so I’m still missing notifications sometimes!

      I know that Blogelina has some classes about blogging. I haven’t taken any yet, but there’s a special running right now for a couple of them. This site (http://www.whatisrss.com/) has a good short explanation of what RSS is. If you think of anything else, feel free to ask me. Hopefully it won’t take me nearly two weeks to answer next time! =)


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