Whew – October is over! I got everything done on my list!!! Woot!
Wait…um, that’s so not true. I got, like, 15/50. Here are the things I got done:
- Painted fireplace
- Painted living room
- Painted nursery
- Updated gallery photos
- Hung nursery art
- Organized nursery shelf
- Cut my hair
- Made a calm-down basket
- Fixed the cafe lights
- Took care of school meeting
- Hung play tent in nursery
- Finished editing photos
- Ordered Halloween costumes
- Scheduled doctor appointments
In addition to these, I made progress on these projects:
- Living room work space
- Happy mail package
- Christmas blanket
- Life Plan class
I didn’t finish any books this month, but I did stumble into a book I’m almost done with – Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. Interesting read!
So…still a lot to go but some progress. I’ll take it.
So, what did I learn this month? A few things I’ll take with me…
1. As a starter (rather than a finisher), seeing things through to completion isn’t my first instinct. But it feels really good to cross things off my lists.
2. I need a list, and it helps if it’s visible. This is the only way I use – rather than waste – my pockets of time.
3. I’ve mentioned this before, but for me, the antidote to overwhelm is gratitude. I can either be overwhelmed by my overflowing list or can be grateful I have the
4. I need to more carefully select my projects, and I need to consider my priorities. Otherwise, I wind up in the middle of projects which are fine or even good, but they’re not the best use of my time and energy.
5. A few well-planned chunks of time create momentum. I’d love to have multiple chunks of hours each week to accomplish what needs to be done, but that’s not my current life phase. One or two chunks can feed the need and create momentum in other areas.
I decided to keep my list hanging on my wall a little longer. I’d like to knock out a few more things before I turn my energies to the holidays. Namely the patio. I’d really like to get the patio done before it snows. You know, so I don’t have a giant mud-and-sand pit in my yard this winter…