30 Days, 21 Projects – Day 18 Life Happens

My last post of this series was 4 days ago.  About two days ago I was starting to feel the effects of no accountability, even if it just in the way of posting my progress.

“They’ll never know if I take the day off.”

“Oh, the project can wait.  I have a new book to read.”

“But I don’t WANT to!”  Yes, said in a whiny toddler voice.

The last one is what did it for me because my mom voice replied, “I don’t remember asking if you wanted to do it.  You said you would, now go do it.”

I knew my plan for this week (even though I didn’t post my goals) involved doing Projects #2 and #3.  Not only doing them, but finishing them.  I had previously started on these two projects in our downstairs bathroom.  This left two more rooms to work on.  I knew that it would probably take me all week to get these two rooms done.  Mainly due to others wanting my attention at home (i.e. little ones).  I also had 4 different meetings on the schedule, on taking a whole morning.  As it happened, I was able to get a young lady to come for a couple hours two days in a row to play with the little ones while I worked on these projects.  Was it worth it?  Instead of taking 5 days to finish these projects, I got them done in 2.  So, yes, it was worth it for me.  At least, it was this time and under the particular circumstances of the young lady being available to babysit. The timing was too perfect.

There are 12 more days till the end of the 30 days.  If you see the list below I have 10 more projects to start and finish, and other 3 to finish.  That works out to just over 1 per day.  Since life happens, I am planning on doing, or working on, more than 1 each day.  Tomorrow is a great example of life happening.  I have a meeting that will take up the latter part of the morning.  However, driving to and from the meeting will mean that my whole morning and early afternoon is taken up.  Since my largest project, in terms on space, has been complete I should be able to do just that.  For example, I can strip vents in the garage one night and repaint them the next morning.  Then that afternoon our outside activity could involve hauling off the limbs from the tree I started to take down.  If it were to  happen this way, I would get three projects done in two days.  Adjusting to life and seeing it as a challenge rather than using it as excuse to not do something has been the only way I have gotten through my list of projects.  It hasn’t been easy, but it has been very much worth it.  I love knowing that the painting is done, the weeping cherry tree is almost removed (just in time to expect my  new blackberry bushes) and my pantry is in order.  These are things I used to grumble about almost daily.  No longer.  I have found that not only have these projects have gotten done, but so have others.  Discipline begets discipline.

Lists of my 21 Projects:

  1. Spackle stairway walls
  2. Prime spots to be painted (from previous replacement of door and window frames)
  3. Paint spots around door and window frames
  4. Repaint Horse post by street
  5. Strip vent covers in bathroom and kitchen
  6. Repaint bathroom and kitchen vent covers
  7. Seal pots and paint with chalkboard paint (to be used with herb plants on the deck)
  8. Add outlet cover for washer/dryer
  9. Add outlet cover for outlet on front porch
  10. Check credit report
  11. Replace light fixture in stairway
  12. Remove weeping cherry (to create a place for blackberry bushes) – work in progress
  13. Put out a bird bath
  14. Buy new kitchen trash can – work in progress
  15. Organize and label kitchen pantry
  16. Move clothing totes to back of crawl space (instead of right in front), add shoe rack and rod to hang winter coats
  17. Divide out future clothing sized into clear totes, label
  18. Put camping stuff in tote(s), label
  19. Clean bathroom grout
  20. Seal bathroom grout
  21. Make and freeze 4 different soups, 3 months worth each – work in progress.  3 soups made.
It doesn’t feel as if these 30 days are almost up, but they are.  I am excited to not only see what other projects get completed, but also to keep going on marking things off my list.
How has your thinking changed as you have worked your way through your project list?  Are you feeling like you are getting more done?  What does you list look like?