Friday, November 2, 2012

i need a plan, stan.

I'm in the middle of one of those phases in life where I feel I'm trying to walk through molasses. We are very, very fortunate, yet there is a sense of little things being difficult, and a hesitation to start and finish little projects. Knowing full well that this is just a phase doesn't ease the feeling of itchiness and low, low self-worth.

So, I need a plan.

If I was in paid work right now, I would have handy somewhere a list of long-term and short-term goals, and be putting things in place to achieve these goals and feeling really bloody awesome when I tick one off the list. Achieved!

But in this unpaid-stay-at-home world, where tasks of cleaning, feeding and nurturing never EVER end, I rarely feel that sense of achievement. I need to bring some Achieved! back into my life.

Here is my list of things I'd like to achieve:
1. A pretty bedroom for my girl.
2. A green cleaning routine that actually happens every week (and actually works).
3. A beautiful, welcoming entrance to our home.
4. Bright, colourful flowers on the windowsill outside my kitchen.
5. Extending our kitchen garden to two more beds, plus the pallet herb garden.
6. Get chooks.
7. More efficient meal planning, preparation and storage of meals.
8. A better clothes storage system for the boys' room.
9. A handmade Christmas.
10. Establish my little at-home business, sewing vintage lovelies for little people.

I would never set that many goals at once, but I want to get all the projects that are muddling my brain out. And they all need to broken down and strategies sorted out to make them happen. Some of the goals might happen quite organically, others are going to take some serious elbow grease. They all point to one thing, though: A more efficient way of running our day-to-day life so that we can enjoy more. I want our home to be a beacon to friends and family, and a safe haven to us. I want to shed the last bits of scaly, we just moved skin, and act like we live in this home now.

Do you set goals for yourself? Have you experienced that Achieved! feeling lately?

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  1. A good list. Many of the things you want to achieve are the same for me. especially the cleaning routine and the handmade christmas.
    x

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    1. it's all pretty simple really Zara! The handmade Christmas thing requires some work and planning- although we did it last year, and was made easier by the decision (across both families) to only give to the kids. :)

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  2. I also like to set goals and I also need to have a bit of a plan. I love your list of goals. I, too, have been thinking of set up a little business on the side sewing and creating. I haven't had the 'achieved' feeling for a while but I do hope to in the future as I find I can get a little dispondent from time to time. x

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    1. that is EXACTLY how I've been feeling Sarah! The sewing/business one is the BIG one. Mostly because it involves cleaning out the scary scary garage to create a work space. :)

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  3. Ooooh, I could've written this post, only I haven't articulated my list. That sense of achievement drives me but I haven't felt it in a long time. I need to get the list written and start working to get things done. Our house still feels to me like we just moved in, even though it was June 2011.

    Keep us posted xx

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    1. Write that list! i'll be checking up on you. :)

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  4. I need to do this! My list is just as long as yours! I can't wait for the achieved feeling. Hope it comes to you soon too xx

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    1. Thanks Elisa! I could have kept going, and going :)

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  5. I like your plan Stan. I get similar phases of sinking in quicksand feeling a bit like its groundhog day. Need some projects, something on the go, something to excite and look fwd to. Love a good list to get going again. I feel like we have only JUST moved in to our new place (rental) too with everything in a good place and running smoothly (if I ignore the half dozen or so boxes yet to be unpacked...still) and its been 12 mths and looks as though we are on the move again. Sob!

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    1. Oh yes Michele, I hear ya. We are in a renting phase too, which does tend to limit that sense of settling in. I am an excellent list maker- no lack of project here. just aks my lounge, naked, barely draped in a couple of vintage sheets and getting grubbier by the second. really should finish that cover...:)

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  6. These are such great goals- you can SO do these!

    I totally get your need for 'achievement'! I so struggle with the eternal, thankless stay at home mum tasks, thats why keeping a blog, sewing, gardening is SO important- something that is almost untouchable by the smalls!

    xo em

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  7. I think it's nice to have a plan and to set goals like this.
    I like to keep a running list of projects that I plan to tackle every month - I try to keep it feasible, projects that I know I can accomplish within the limited spare time that I have. And if I start doubting that I'll be able to complete them all that month, I 'carry them forward' into the next month or 're-distribute' them amongst the next few months. So far, this system has worked well for me.
    Ronnie xo

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  8. I know just what you mean, if I don't have a list I easily get sidetracked and things get done, but not necessarily jobs that I wanted to get done straight away!!
    I like your list, it's easily achievable. Good luck with it all, I look forward to seeing your progress!

    Rach x

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  9. Hearing you. I too could have written this. It has taken me so long to settle in after this move and I think it is because I jumped in with both feet and went onto the Kinder commity and didn't really feel settled before that. I have then chased my tail all year. I so need to create a list.

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  10. This is a great list of New Year's resolutions (a little early but why not get a head start?) You can do it :-)

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  11. Just received my check for $500.

    Sometimes people don't believe me when I tell them about how much money you can make taking paid surveys online...

    So I took a video of myself actually getting paid over $500 for doing paid surveys to set the record straight once and for all.

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