December Goals

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Since I really didn’t do so well on my November goals, I’m kind of stymied about setting goals for December.  Maybe they should be just get through the month?  December can be such a fraught time of year it would be easy to simply say that making it through the month would be a worthy goal.  However, I do want to accomplish more than just that.

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So, one goal is that I did join a writing group, so I’ll be needing to make sure that I write for my assignment, so that is a goal.  Another goal is that I want to work on beginning to get my business set up, so I’ll be continuing with that, also.

As far as the big holiday, I really want to get my gifts bought and wrapped by December 15th this year.   And, my final goal for December is that I want to get my act together so that I can go into 2018 with a fresh new outlook along was some healthy new habits.  I’ll let you know more about the specifics as December moves forward.

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What are your goals for December?  Share them in the comments, and we  can encourage each other as the month rolls on.

 

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November Goal Review

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My big goal for November was to win NaNoWriMo.  Well, this year it didn’t happen.  I just never got around to doing much writing at all.  I’ve joined a writing group, and we will be meeting once a month with writing assignments, so hopefully that will help.

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Who knew the closet really could be cleaned out?

I have completed the cleaning out and organizing my closet.  This actually was a lot of fun, and I found some clothes that I can now fit into.  The desk is still in need of much help, and I haven’t replaced the shelf paper in my kitchen cabinets.  So, these will need to go on my “to-be-done” list.  I am unhappy that I didn’t accomplish all my goals, however, sometimes you just have to accept and keep on putting one foot in front of the other.

How did you do with your November goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

The Joys of Organization

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Since I’ve been organizing and giving “stuff” away, I thought that I’d let you in on a secret.  Did you know that there is a joy to be found from having your house organized?  I know, it sounds too good to be true, right?  However, it is in fact, true.  Since part of my new plan for life includes such things as:  weekly meal planning, including shopping lists; filing paperwork as I open the mail (whoever even heard of that?); keeping my closets in the same organized way as I made them; and most of all, avoiding putting “stuff” on my dining room table, life is actually more pleasant. I don’t feel overwhelmed all the time.  Imagine that??

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So, while I have some way to go, my house is on its way to becoming a pleasant place.  The best thing is, it’s not as stress-producing as it used to be.  I don’t feel as “out-of-control” as I did before, and I’m a happier person.  Apparently, disarray does me no good.  And, believe it or not, I am still a creative person.  As a matter of fact, I feel even more creative, since it takes less time to clean when you don’t have to move all the piles of “stuff” before you clean.  I can see that being organized is indeed a good thing!

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November Goals

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I can’t believe that it’s November already.  Where did the time go?   November is always NaNoWriMo time of year.  So, once again I’ll be attempting to write a book.  Last year I used the month to (mostly) finish my children’s book that I wrote for a very special young man, but this year, I’ll be rewriting my novel.  I’ve got a new plan for it, and intend to implement it.  I feel really good about my new ideas, and think this will really improve my novel.  However, this is the last time I’ll be doing a complete re-write.  So, this is the re-write to end all re-writes.  But of course, there is no pressure.

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Another goal is my on-going organization plan.  My desk and bedroom closet still need a re-vamp, so I’ve put them both on my list.  Another thing that I’d like to get done is to replace my very old shelf paper with new paper in my kitchen cabinets.  This is actually an old project that I’ve never even got started on.  If I just take it one shelf at a time I really think I could finish it by the end of the month.

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I don’t have a walk-in closet, but mine is definitely a “slam the door really fast” closet.

What are your goals for the month?  Are you going to be tackling a big goal, or a bunch of little ones?  Let me know in the comments below, and we can encourage each other.

 

Cleaning Up the House!

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I made a lot of goals for the month of October, and I have fulfilled some of them.  My bathroom closets have been cleaned out and organized.  And I have finished one of my most dreaded tasks – the credenza in the dining room has been cleaned out and organized.  I have taken numerous bags full of old and useless “stuff” to the dump, and I’ve donated other “stuff” to the Swap Shop.  I’ve been able to donate some clothes that are too big (a first!), too.  However, the list does indeed go on and on.  There is much more to do, and so November will be another dumping and organizing month.

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I am feeling a little more optimistic, since there are more organized areas in my house to stand and admire.  Yes, I really do that, I open a closet door and tell myself how much better it looks now!  But, I can always find room to improve.  And, there is still so much more to do!

We are coming up on another NaNoWriMo in November, and I will once again be writing.  Also, I have been taking steps to obtain my coaching certificate.  So, there is that.  How are you doing with your October goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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My organized dining room!

 

 

What is brain dump, and is it for You?

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I recently read about this method of de-cluttering your mind, called a brain dump.  It encourages you to write down any excess information you’ve been cluttering your mind with in order to leave your brain with more open space to fill with new information.  What is being suggested is that at the end of every day you spend ten minutes writing down all the “stuff” that is unnecessary, or extraneous information so that it’s not floating around in your brain.  If you can’t think of anything to write, just write “I can’t think of anything to write” until the dam opens and you can release the excessive build-up.

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I actually think this is like writing down your problems, extraneous thoughts or emotions in your journal.  Once you get things out, you can either stop worrying about them, or come up with solutions to problems.  Or you can just get it out, and stop thinking about it. There are times when we spend way too much time thinking about something that is not really important, but because we’re thinking about that we aren’t as productive as we should be.

That’s what a “brain dump” is.  It’s a way to empty out the unnecessary, useless crap from our minds so that we can focus on the things that are important.  Personally, I just call this journaling, since that seems to do the trick for me.  However, a brain dump can be used to write down important information that you might need later (and perhaps for public use), while a journal is usually private.

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However you want to accomplish this, you can decide.  Maybe both ways are good for you.  I do have a notebook where I will write things I might want to use later, and a separate journal for private things.  I do find that once I’ve written “stuff “down, I feel much more grounded in the now.  Let me know if you do some kind version of this in your life, and if it helps you.

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Putting it all Together

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As you know, I’ve been in the midst of changing my life for a while now.  Sometimes it seems that for every step forward, I take two steps back.  However, lately I’ve been feeling quite optimistic.  Losing weight has been a great “kick-in-the-pants” for me.  I’ve changed my eating and my exercising, and feel much better both physically and mentally.  Of course, there have been days where I’ve felt besieged by life, but those days are far fewer than they were.

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However, I’ve been having a hard time putting all the changes that I want to make together.  It’s hard to fit everything into one day.  My creative life is suffering a more than I’d like, and I’m not de-cluttering my house the way I thought I would.  It’s hard to get much done with the hot weather (an excuse if I’ve ever heard one), but I also have lost a little motivation in regards to these aspects of change.

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I think that my real issue is with organization.  So, my not-so-new goal is going to be trying organize each day into blocks where I work on different things at specific times of the day.  How do you organize your day in order to fulfill your goals?  Let me know, if could use all the help I can get.