Not that I’ve been anywhere. I’ve been lurking, and feeling a bit like my progress in the #steppingonthecracks project has come to a screaming halt.
If you haven’t been following my project, it’s a series of challenges where I try out a new habit, technique or idea for 30 days to see how it works out. The idea is to put some of the things I’ve been reading about and learning into practise instead of filing them away under “interesting idea, should try this one day”.
I’ve had varying degrees of success with the different challenges, and I was about half way through challenge 9 (30 days of undone things), when the end of the year struck, holidays and various other unsettling events that threw everything out of line and most of my good habits went out the window, along with any capacity to make any progress on these challenges.
I’ve spent much of the past eight weeks feeling like I’d come so far, but that I’ve let myself down by letting everything go to shit. All the other stuff that was going on, well that was just an excuse to not do this.
I know! I’m being harsh on myself, and the perfectionist voice is speaking very loudly. It does that.
Last week (or thereabouts), I found the original hand-written list of the 30 little things I wanted to get done in December – you know, those things that take about five minutes, have been on your to-do list forever, but you can never quite get around to doing them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though the project had collapsed, I’d still finished 20 of them. That’s two-thirds. For December, I think that’s a fairly reasonable achievement.
And many of the 20 things are things I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t started this challenge. The button would still not be sewn on. I probably would have lost it by now. I’d still be using towels with holes in them.
All that’s left on the list is:
Book skin check
Order yoga shoes
Make a list of jobs that I can do in 5/10 minutes for when I have a short gap in my day
Make a list of things I can do when I have low energy rather than go on my phone
Get my baby slides scanned
Finish the Facing Fear worksheets
Get new cord for Kramstable’s greenstone pendant
Sew buttons onto purple shawl
Make a list of the beers in the beer books
Wash baby mat
It seems perfectly doable. Other than the purple shawl buttons. That is not doable.
The list of things that I can do in 5-10 minutes has been a work in progress for a while. I haven’t finished it because I’ve never known what to do with it, or where to put it, which is probably a reason why there were 30+ undone things in the first place. And I never felt like it was complete, so it couldn’t be put anywhere.
(I’ve combined it with another list I started ages ago of things Kramstable could do when he’s bored. He wasn’t interested.)
So, in the interests of crossing things off the list, and acknowledging that this type of list is never going to be finished, and there just has to be a point where you say, “This is enough and I’m sticking it on the pinboard and next time I have five minutes spare I’m going to do one of these things”, I present it to you now.
Put some washing on
Put washing away
Wash up or put the dishes away
Clean out a shelf in the pantry
Empty the bins
Pick up stuff off the floor in the lounge room
Take things that are in the wrong place to the room they belong in (bonus points for putting them away)
Clean out a drawer or a shelf
Put 10 things away
Vacuum a room
Sweep the floors
Quick tidy of one room (10 minutes with the timer)
Clear off and wipe down the bench, coffee table or dining table
Wipe down the bathroom sink or the bath
Take out the compost or the recycling
Go through the fridge and throw out food that’s off
Dust a shelf and tidy it
Throw something out that’s broken or we don’t need
Refill soap dispensers
Update the freezer list
Unsubscribe from mailing lists
Write a thank you note
Find a new recipe and add it to next week’s meal plan
Book a doctor appointment or haircut
Go for a walk
Go outside and look at the clouds
Hang out with the chickens
Do some colouring in or drawing
Write in journal
Write down things to be grateful for
5-10 minutes of breathing exercises or meditation
Have a glass of water
Make a cup of tea
Read a book
Doodle or scribble
Sort a paper pile
Organise a file
Make a to-do list
Download photos from phone
Sort some photos
Put photos in albums
Do something from the 30 undone things list
Make a new 30 undone things list
Let me know what you think.
Do you have a list like this? What’s on your list that I missed?
Here’s to getting things done, one five minute block at a time!