Since having Titch, and more recently starting back to work, I have had a growing feeling and frustration that I'm not getting anything done beyond the basics. I'm doing what I have to do, but achieving very little that I want to do or that brings me closer to the life that I want to build for me and for my little family.
As is so often the case, the ethers (also known as the blogosphere) have come to my aid: firstly with the idea of a Mighty Life List, quickly followed by a Day Zero project (via the always inspiring MirrorMirror) and now Four Simple Goals from the ubercool productivity dynamo that is Elsie of A Beautiful Mess.
Four simple goals to achieve before 2011. Action-orientated goals that will improve the quality of my daily life. What a great idea! What a great way to install some happy-making habits and maybe get a few ticks on my ever growing list.
So that's the long, medium and short term planning framework sorted.
The medium and long term lists are taking a bit of thought so I will post about them seperately. But surely I can come up with four little things to do before the year is out! I've decided to resist the temptation to plan like crazy, chew over what is most practical at length and generally procrastinate. So my four simple goals are the first four that came to the front of my mind (I know! Such wanton sponteneity!):
1. Start my photo project. Inspired by Little Brown Pen's glorious images of Paris (the most photogenic city on earth?) I have a long-standing plan for Monday walks with Titch photographing our city. Looking for a particular colour or texture perhaps so we can talk about Red, say; or maybe Sesame Street style searches for Todays Letter or Number. Mainly, though, just to enjoy and celebrate where we live, get some exercise and improve my photography.
2. Start my granny blanket. I've been meaning to crochet a granny blanket for years (particularly having seen this beautiful one by the super-talented Sandra Juto) as an in-at-the-deep-end way of learning to crochet and to use up my wool stash. I'm realistic enough to know that I won't get it done by the end of the year, but I can get started right? I have a how-to aimed at eight year olds so I am preparing to face some serious shame if I can't work it out!
3. Exercise regularly. I've got out of the habit since getting back to work, but I feel/look/sleep so much better when I get out and do some exercise most days. Time to make an unbreakable date for some me-time.
4. Start drawing every day. I love doing little illustrations and have a long list of ideas for projects but rarely seem to make the time. A little bit every day quickly adds up...
Now I just have to get on with it!