Tagged: lists

Organizing my whole life

I think… nope, I know, that I’ve written about my obsessive list-making habit.

But while lists get me going and keep me going, I have found I have a few too many goal lists.

Here’s a run-down of my current goal lists:
The 28 by 28
The 12 Week Year
Diet reward point system
Daily goals
Running training program
Returning slowly to the Slow Carb Diet

So, for example, I’ll take the 12 Week Year (you already know about the 28 by 28).

The 12 Week Year is a great book I read about GETTING THINGS DONE. Consistently. Setting bench marks and DOING STUFF.
I loved the book. The general idea, and really you should just go check out the book, is that instead of focusing on making annual goals (who can see that far into the future?) make 12 week goals… and call it a year.
So every three months, it’s a year-end review. How did you do, honestly?
At the beginning of March, I started a 12 week year again, with two goals:
     1. Read six nonfiction books.
     2. Finish the knit labyrinth circle rug.
Then I broke down each of these goals into micro-steps. Sometimes it was ridiculously tiny steps. (Finish the current yarn ball, buy filler cord, buy clear thread, buy yarn needle…)
The books I just wrote down which I had read… and I knew I needed to average about one book for each two weeks. So far so good on that.
Another example? OK.

Daily goals…

In January, the goal was 100 push ups a day. In February it was sit ups.
In March it was lunges. This month it’s tricep dips.
So with all of those things floating around in my head and on my dining room table… I’m trying to find a way that organizes ALL OF THESE THINGS into one system.
I’m looking for suggestions.

But here’s my idea so far:

EVERNOTE. Evernote used to be my best friend. It kind of faded out, but now it’s my best friend again. It’s nice to have it around.
     Unfortunately, my phone isn’t the best for typing on and I don’t have a computer at home, but Evernote gets things recorded for me at least.
ONE SYSTEM TO RULE THEM ALL. I want EVERYTHING on one sheet of paper. Two at most. I can always make a back-to-back copy or something.
How can I have check mark boxes for some goals, lines for items I need to list and a rewards area to keep me motivated?
I want this one (maybe two) page thing to last for at least a month.

This system won’t be:

-a daily scheduler or calendar (my calendar will be based off of my goals)
-something I carry around with me everywhere (I wanted a printed system to hang on my fridge or near the door or on my mirror or all of those places to keep my goals on the top of my mind… Evernote can be my carry along tracking system)
-something I share with everyone (a lot of my goals (everyone’s goals) are incredibly personal and private, this isn’t something I want my coworkers to find)
-a way to put myself down (any progress is good progress, and I really believe that)
OK. If anyone has designs they’ve seen for something similar or suggestions on how I can make my own, let me know.
I’m heading over to InDesign right now to start laying out something for it.
Actually, scratch that. I’m going to sketch it out first. My mind works faster than my mouse skills in InDesign.
God bless! Stay organized.

Quick Takes Friday (on lists)

— 1 — 

I have been a list maker since I can remember. I love all kinds of lists: grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, bucket lists, goals,  benchmarks, ideas.
I even love outlines.
Remember in high school when you had to “brainstorm” your essays before writing them? Yeah, I was the nerd who always used an outline instead of a thought bubble matrix.
Recently, as you know, I started my 28 by 28 list.
My longest list, by far, though, is my to-read list. Once I found the Good Reads app and website, I thought I’d cruise through my list finally. Not even close.
I just keep adding… and usually when I go to the library, I get something that wasn’t even on my list.

— 2 —

The same with Evernote… I use Evernote for everything… and then I start cleaning out some of my notebooks.
Oh, look, a grocery list from October.
Oh, look, a to-do list for the weekend I never finished.
I hate finding lists like that.
Or my goal charts that never happened.

— 3 —

Yep, I’m still obsessive about the lists.
I have a running list on my fridge for the 10k coming up in May. I am so excited about it, but it’s almost stressing me out seeing in on the fridge.
I also have a list of things I decided I wanted to do when I moved to my new place… it’s pinned up right next to my calendar at home… I’m only doing a few of those things.

— 4 —

Now I have the 28 by 28 list… and seeing those past two items, I’m worried I won’t complete it either.
And part of me says, that’s OK, it’s the journey not the destination.
But I don’t want to give up. These are all things I really actually want to do.
I don’t want to forget about them… but I also don’t want to stress about them.
Ugh…

— 5 —

I think a budget is considered a list, too, right?
Well, I have that as well. I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan and am in my debt snowball, while trying to save money for a car.
It’s hard because I know my car is falling apart (underneath me), but I want my student loan debt gone.
Since I’ve gotten serious about paying those off, it’s been really great to see the number come down… but I’d like to feel better about having a car savings account built up.
I imagine I’ll need about $8,000 for a car (I’d like to move up from the car I have). The one I have now cost me about $6,000… six years ago. Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long.
The car is old too… from 1999. They don’t even make Pontiacs anymore!
Oh boy. So when I look at my budget, and my debt snowball, I just feel out of control.
A list is supposed to make you feel in control.

— 6 —

Thankfully, I’ll be able to start riding my bike or walking to work as it warms up (ie: quits snowing and stays lighter longer at night).
That will help extend the life of my car… AND save me money. Bonus.

— 7 —

I tried really hard to keep this whole quick takes post about one topic… it kind… of… worked.
OK, it didn’t.
If you’re curious, this is the running schedule I’m doing, these are my 28 goals for the year and these are some great kitten videos.
TODAY AND TOMORROW IS EAGLE DAY!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO BRING BACK PHOTOS FOR YA’LL.
 

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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