May 1, 2013 by drandmrso
Friends, it’s been a while. I know—and I’m sorry. April was a rough month. But as a friend noted, it was a rough month for a lot of people. And cats, apparently.
It started out full steam ahead: for the first 10 days of April I was maintaining my workout schedule, writing 1,000 words a day for Camp NaNoWriMo, cooking all meals at home, maintaining my seedlings, keeping up with my reading goals for 2013, and I even spent a weekend in Minneapolis with friends. Then things sort of fizzled. Work picked up, Dr. O and I spent an absolutely wonderful weekend in Madison, I convinced myself that I could skip just one day at the gym (that was April 13th and I haven’t been back since) and in general I just got lazy about most of the things I had going on at the beginning of the month. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy a few weeks of idleness, though!
The whole situation is strange to me. Usually, come spring, I’m waking up earlier, full of energy, bursting to get outside. So while I honestly don’t know what happened this April, let’s start fresh in May, shall we?
With all of this in mind, I’m taking a new approach in an effort to avoid total lethargy takeovers in the future: I’m going to project manage my life.
In my last job I was—I’ve been told—a pretty decent project manager. At my current job I don’t play much of a planning role and I really miss it. I miss creating timelines, developing task lists, monitoring progress. So where better to get that fix than an area that clearly needs a little more attention? Hence, the Project Managing My Life approach.
The idea is to develop a list of goals quarterly and implement a plan (with tasks, a timeline, etc.) for each. I’ll have one goal in each of the following areas:
So, without further ado, the goals for Q2 (April 1 to June 30) 2013:
Go on four different types of dates with Dr. O.
In theory this one should be pretty easy. Tasks include:
- Pick days that will actually work and mark them on both of our calendars.
- Find fun things to do!
Write at least two blog posts per week, to be published on Wednesdays at noon-ish and Sunday evenings.
I attempted to do this in February and March of this year and actually did fairly well. I hope you all agree that an entire month off from blogging was not ideal. My to-do list:
- Create a “big picture” plan of what I want the blog to be.
- Put time on my calendar to dedicate to blogging.
- Generate a list of post ideas to pull from.
- Every week, make sure I have at least an idea of what the next four posts will be.
Meet the 30-visit mark at the gym in order to get the incentive discount.
Sigh. I realize that I’m never going to be a die-hard gym goer, but honestly we’re paying for the membership and I am by no means in top physical condition so I just need to get my butt in the door! Simple, right?
Establish my Little Free Library.
More details on this one coming soon, but for now here’s a sneak peak:
Remaining tasks for the library include:
- Transfer to father-in-law for assembly.
- Retrieve from father-in-law after assembly.
- Get a post/pillar thingy for it to perch on in the yard. Plant post/pillar thingy.
- Cull through my book collection and pick library-destined tomes.
- Set it all up!
Kitchen updates including displaying a precious wedding gift, changing out the light fixture, and making (eep!) and installing new curtains.
Our house is lovely. It was only built 9 years ago so there really aren’t a ton of big upgrades that need to be made (save for the unfinished basement, but that’s already been designated as a Q4 2013 through Q1 2014 project). But I can’t avoid the redecorating urge so I’m doing a few small updates to the kitchen.
Buy frames for the wedding gift.
- Hang frames containing wedding gift. (Pictures/details coming Wednesday, May 8th!)
- Make curtains. This involves several sub-tasks, including deciding whether or not I should get a sewing machine…thoughts?
- Paint and raise curtain rod. Install curtains.
- Find a light fixture that I like, or maybe make one?
- Install light fixture.
As I’m wrapping up writing this post, I’m realizing that this is probably terribly mundane blog material. But you know what they say: if you make your goals public you’re more likely to achieve them. So thanks for being my public! And I have to say, it feels good to have a plan–even a basic one.
What are your plans for the upcoming weeks? Do you set goals for yourself, or just tackle things as they come up?