Let's talk about goals. I've been dying to sit down and make some New Years resolutions, but haven't. So I'm going to do it now, in a post that most likely will be very scattered and incoherent, but I'll at least have something to show for my desire to set some goals for myself.
I've had this huge desire to become more organized. I'm not a very organized person, but I'm super jealous of those who are, so instead of turning green with envy I've decided to look inside myself and make a change. I am starting with little steps like using a planner. I'm actually using the Pocket Docket from simplemom's blog (it's a free download), and I've really enjoyed using it. It helps me think things through in advance (such as what we're having for dinner) thus making me a much more productive person. I guess I'm a list person. I like checking things off my list (my mom is like this so I come by it naturally).
Organizing my time. This one is still a struggle. I have a hard time prioritizing things (maybe thats the reason I'm still not showered and dressed for the day-it's 1:30). I read a post (also on simplemom) that talked about eating a frog first thing each day. Not an actual frog, but I guess Mark Twain said something along the lines of If you eat a live frog at the beginning of each day the rest of your day will be great in comparison. So the organizational point to this is that if you do you least pleasant tasks first (exercising, paying bills, whatever...) you will be more productive, and lets face it, I'm never going to get to the end of the day and say "I'm just too beat to watch some TV", but I always get to the end of the day and say "I'm just too beat to fold that laundry tonight". I'm still mulling this over in my mind and have yet to put it into practice, but it seem logical enough.
In order to encourage myself to spend my free time a little more productively I'm setting a reading goal for myself. I really love to read and I don't make enough time for it. I thought about setting a number of books to read goal, but I don't know if that's such a great idea. First I thought about 50 then I realized -THAT'S A TON- so then I got all self-conscious and froze up. So instead I think what I am going to do is to get involved in a book group. Our Relief Society does a girls night once a week and I though about volunteering to host a book group once a month but if this doesn't work out I will find an online book group to follow. Either way I'm excited to have a reason to pull myself away from whatever I happen to be doing to read.
So, long story short...in this never ending attempt to better myself, hopefully I'll look back on this post next year and say "Hey, self, you really did well!"