Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Goals: Accountability Report. A Bad Month.

I apologise--I haven't had time to prepare pictures for this post.
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Strangely, the disintegration of my hard drive earlier this month derailed nearly every single project. I'm not sure why: but, in many respects, it felt like grief.
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So, I did not manage the first task.
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Project Life: Scrapbooking.
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I managed to take a photo and jot a note every day just until the computer crashed. I could have continued. But I didn't. I don't know whether I will try this again or not. Our days are really very dull.
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Project Housekeeping.
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No surprise. This, too, was an epic fail. I had plans to integrate my basic housekeeping checklist with the more extensive and thorough one from Motivated Moms up to the end of March. Fortunately, I had downloaded and run off MM's list for the year before the computer collapse. Also before the collapse, I'd managed to integrate the two until the end of January. I hadn't printed any of those sheets, though. Nor did I have a hard copy of my on basic weekly housekeeping check list before the hard drive disaster. (I did a huge paper purge the day the hard drive died). I had to come to the blog and re-create it from blog entries I'd made in October.
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I found, though, that for the week I did try to combine MM's tasks with my own, I was quickly overwhelmed. I'm not sure what I'm going to do next month, yet.
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Project Basement Declutter.
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Finally, there has been some success on this front. I dealt with the stuff under the stairs, Hubby agreed to let go of a box of dusty old trophies, and I spent a bit of time clearing some floor space.
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Project Style:
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I did get my hair cut. Still loving it.
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I did not buy foundation.
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I tried to wear make-up before I left the house. I didn't manage it every time, however. Some trips were spontaneous --quick runs to the grocery store or Home Depot and I didn't think of it. Other times, I forgot to make time for it.
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Project Debt Reduction.
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I am still working on cutting down our trips to the grocery store. I tallied up how much we spent on food this month. It is atrocious.
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We've signed up for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and attended to sessions. All I can say right now is that I'm scared.
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Project Self-Improvement.
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Major fail. The first week was great. The second week, Daedalus was home working on the tiling project and it just never felt like the right "time" to pop in a video and work out. Maybe I was just too self-conscious with him around?
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I just picked up a book from the library called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain." I've read less than ten pages, but it making me wish I could pop in a video and do some exercise, but it is too close to bed-time.
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I also gave up recording what I ate (the forms I made and used died with the computer)--and even worse--continued eating crap with abandon.
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Project Homeschool.

Planning work until the end of March didn't seem that important without access to my own computer. I have to share the one we have with my son who is using it to get each day's work done. Sharing is tough on both of us. We're just doing the next thing.

Project Winter House list.
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Egads.
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No kitchen curtain panel.
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No plants for the living room.
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As for painting the ceiling planks in the bathroom white, they have been primed.
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BUT the kerdie is up and the shower and tub surround is totally tiled and grouted. Hooray!

4 comments :

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

What do you think it will take to get you back on track? Or does it just feel a bit out of your reach?

The Farmers Daughter said...

I'll tell you what I tell my husband...you learn from your mistakes and you move on. Don't dwell because you can not change the past....but you can use this experience to make the future better.

Now that you know what you didn't do...and maybe even in a few cases why....and how that made you feel...you can change it.

I think you MIGHT be trying to do a bit too much to start though, and you might want to break it down into two week goals or even one week goals instead of the month long focus. I know that you need to do things for a full 30 days or so to make it a habit...but breaking down you goals into smaller,more managable pieces might be the way to go.

or, I might be 100% wrong.

onshore said...

Hey but you've been working very hard on the bathroom and you said yourself that you've done things on the basement. That's not an epic fail on my opinion.

I'm intrigued why is the debt free course scary?

KellyJMF said...

For the self-improvement stuff, I find the Spark People website really helpful. You can track exercise and eating on-line (so it's hard drive proof). You get points for entering things and reading articles and I find those surprisingly motivating.

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