“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.” –Scottish proverb
Almost one month (I started January 7th) of working on goals/new habits/various ‘to dos’ is under my figurative belt. And I wondered about halfway in if I had tackled more than I should have given the time frame. After all, some experts recommend picking only one thing to work on for a month, and then adding a new habit to it the month after that and so on, until you have 12 new habits one year later. I can see the value in such a practice, and maybe I’ll try it as this year progresses or at some other point in the future.
However, for now I am finding it useful to keep my sights on the Master List (as it were) I hope to have accomplished by the end of 2019. Or at least have made significant strides towards accomplishing. For one cannot predict how a year will actually go, after all. At least so it seems after a year where curveballs did alter some plans and expectations. So at this point, the Master List is not being worked on one item at a time. Even after I had some solid fails in January:
First of all, my plan at the beginning of January was to spend 60 minutes over the course of a week working on non-blog writing. It seemed doable. Only I didn’t do it. I spent 20 minutes the first week, clicking away via the Hanx Writer app. Annnd that was it.
In addition to that, I was going to spend at least two hours tackling some spring cleaning-type projects around my house. I was going to begin with some cupboards stuffed with, well, stuff – a fair bit of it can probably go in a bin outside, and some needs to be properly stored. An hour over two Saturdays would have taken care of it. My tally at the end of January was a solid zero minutes. Now some may be scratching their heads, wondering how I could not manage a measly two hours on such a task. What can I say—I have mad procrastination skills. And those cupboards have been ignored for a few years at least. Soooo yeah. Not great.
The whole month was not a bust, though, in terms of goals. I fell short on my daily reading goal, but I did not completely fizz out on it. My exercising minutes saw an increase as I discovered closing all three activity rings on my Apple Watch to be an effective motivator. And I crushed it when it came to practicing my ukulele. Deciding to teach the kids in my Sunday school class Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (the theme song from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) coupled with a botched first attempt at teaching them a different song before that were both excellent helps.
As I was wondering what to do for February, I knew the writing goal needed a re-calibration. I’ve heard and read more than once it was important to treat my writing time like an appointment – say a doctor’s appointment I had to keep. With that in mind, my writing goal for this month is to write for 30 minutes first thing every Monday morning. I fell short by 10 minutes this Monday, but I was genuinely tempted to possibly skip it altogether or do it the next day. As such it tips it more into the ‘win’ side than the ‘loss’ side.
There are still things I need to pin down, spring-cleaning projects being the clear next choice. I also signed up for an online writing course which will be an extra motivator to get a plan in place so I’m not hitting the end of a week, wondering where the time went.
How about you? How are your goals/”to dos” looking one month into 2019? Feel free to share below, on social media, or wherever fine friends are found you can share such things with.