At the beginning of 2014, I had a list of accomplishments set for myself:
- Read one book each month
- Get all of my papers filed in my filing cabinet, rather than being in piles all over my office
- Go to the local art museum
- Finish my Christmas shopping by summertime (I know, I know. Ambitious. But I prefer to relax and enjoy the Christmas season. There are so many fun things to be doing once autumn arrives. I LOVE fall!! )
- Get this blog up and running
- Keep the house tidier, etc…blah, blah, blah…
I bet you can guess how much I’ve actually gotten done this year. Well…not quite zero, but close. I did manage to read one book completely (the first Duggar family book), and I have four others started. I guess that kinda counts. And, I am starting this blog, finally. But my paper piles are continuing to get higher, my office is messier, I haven’t been to any museums, the house is a disaster…Aaahhh!!
Well, that’s how I was feeling as I was looking back at the year, and thinking about how I hadn’t done most of the things that I wanted to do this year, and I was looking forward to planning for 2015. Then it hit me, “Wait a second! There’s still a full quarter left in this year!! It’s not over yet!! There’s still plenty of time to get at least a few things done!!” (That’s really how excited I was.) For me, autumn is usually the time of year that things are winding down, we’re starting to slow down a bit, the year will be coming to an end soon, I want to be snuggly and cozy in our house, drinking hot cocoa by the fire with family and a good book.
So I decided that I don’t want to just toss this last quarter aside, like it’s just a wasted 3 months. I want to see what I can get done, and maybe not feel like it’s another year down the tubes. I know that sounds so negative, and I’m actually a pretty positive person, but I just have certain things that I would like to accomplish, things that I’ve wanted to do for years, things that can and will affect other areas of my life in a good way, and yet they sit, on my list, waiting…waiting…waiting…It’s so sad. And all of the time, something will come up and I think, “Geez! This would be so much better/easier if I had just done that thing that I’ve had on my list, F-O-R-E-V-E-R.” Do you ever feel the same way? It’s frustrating, isn’t it?
And then I remembered, I’m not getting any of that time back. The time I just sat in front of the t.v., or flipped through a magazine, or whatever other way I find to waste the little time I have away from work or after the chores are done.
So let’s not do that anymore. At least not for this last quarter of 2014.
Let’s accomplish something, no matter how small.
So I’m putting together a list of the things I want to try to complete before the end of December. I’m not going to beat myself up over it, but I do want to at least give it a go. If this is starting to get you excited too, can you do this with me?
I know the holidays are coming up, and there’s a lot to do and prepare for. So how about we make a list of the things that we think we can realistically do by years end, and then pick out the top 3 of those that we super want to accomplish – the ones we’ll tackle first (1 for each month – October, November, December). They can be anything, big, small, easy, complicated. Just do your best to be realistic. We don’t want to discourage ourselves from accomplishing anything just because we tried to bite off too much.
This is the first year I’m doing this, and I don’t want to overwhelm myself, so here are my top 3:
- Read one more book (actually, finish one of the books I’ve already started. I hate having a bunch of half-read books around, plus then I forget what I’ve read so far when I go back to it later.)
- Have all of my Christmas presents made/purchased and shipped by December 5th (Later than I originally hoped, but not last minute at least).
- Create an email sign-up for Prudent Heart.
October 1st is 10 days away, so start to think about the things you’d like to get done in the last quarter of 2014, make your list, and share your top 3 here with me. We’ll do this together, and then we’ll check back in to see how we’re doing and what we were able to get done. A win for one is a win for us all!