A few days after I wrote my list of 100 things to do in 2013 I went back over it to work out exactly how and when I’m going to do all those things.
It occurred to me that I could look at the list in several different ways.
There were lots of things that related to improving my health, and lots about getting organised and staying on top of things. There were things I could group as (for lack of a better term) sorting my head out, others about keeping records of my life, exploring my world, creating, gardening, doing stuff with my family . . . and the categories go on.
Some of the things I want to do are one-off jobs. Do them and they are crossed off the list. Others are habits I want to get into over the year and others are multi-step projects.
So I spent a bit of time this week sorting the list. Because, despite outward appearances, I like things to be in order and logically sequenced. It doesn’t mean I do them. It’s most likely a procrastination tool that stops me getting things done. But that’s another story.
Anyway, I thought that a lot of what I want to do could be worked into a resolution (or commitment) chart, which I first came across when I read Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project.
I picked out a couple of things that I wanted to start doing every day (the “habits” from the list) and have made an all new chart for 2013 in an attempt to keep on top of things. The idea is that once I’ve started to make the first couple of things into habits that I actually do, I’ll gradually add in some more things from the list so that by the end of the year I will have all the new habits I want to develop. Or at least some of them.
It’s a bit more structured than what I’m used to, especially for my personal life. But I’ve felt very unsettled ever since we started the moving house journey back in July, and I feel like I need some structure so that I can get back some control over my life.
And, just so this isn’t an entirely photo-free post, last night I started work on my One Little Word project. I cut, I stamped, I washi taped and I bradded (if that’s an actual word). I also managed to drip my stamp cleaner fluid into one of my ink pads, which I don’t think is particularly good for the ink pad.
Also, this is what happens when you give your six-year-old your phone.