I‘ve recently been thinking about why I don’t get everything done that I’d like to do. Sure, I have little ones at home and life takes time. But I often find myself floundering a bit with no real direction.
And then it hit me.
I no longer write out my to-do list. I no longer write down my yearly goals.
Back when I worked a full time desk job, my planner was always close at hand. I’d spend my day working (of course) but often times I’d jot down things I wanted to read, projects I wanted to do, or even my to-do list for the next day.
I very much enjoy a good to-do list.
And so it begins that this year I want to be able to do more. Because the work I do at home is never finished, my blog is never finished, and I honestly don’t feel like I can sit back and really feel like I’m done. That and my to-do list keeps getting longer……. So I thought I’d break up my year into more manageable pieces, and focus on each quarter as it comes around.
Personal Goals, 1st quarter: January – March
- Read four books – I used to be quite the book worm. In fact, I used to get in trouble for reading to much when I was young! Somehow throughout the years I’ve made less time for reading and more time for other things. Things that include a screen…… And while I do love to read online, I also love to educate myself with a good old fashioned book. I have a very long list of books on my to-read pile on Goodreads. Forty-seven of them in fact. Quite a few of these are actually on my shelf waiting to be read! The ones I’d like to tackle these next couple of months are:
- Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God – currently about 5 chapters in.
- Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – I bought this one at Blissdom last year after listening to Brene Brown speak, I’m hoping it’s as inspiring as she is.
- Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living – I just got this free for Kindle yesterday on Amazon! It’s by Tsh from Simple Mom (I currently write for her Simple Organic website) and looks really good.
- Finish eight more units in my master herbalist curriculum – I. Am. So. Slow. Seriously, a work at your own pace thing has become my downfall – I keep letting life (and blogging) get in the way of furthering my education. So I’m setting myself goals and trying to read at night instead of watch tv.
- Learn to make cheese – You’d have thought I would have already been playing around with making cheese right? Or at least attempted it! But no. I rarely get enough milk from our farm share to make milk, some weeks getting none at all. But a friend of mine is leading a cheeses making class AND our farm has extra milk right now. Guess that means I’m making cheese!
- Study three new herbs – Along with working on my curriculum, I thought it’s be fun to research and play around with one new herb each month! I’m about ready to put in my bi-yearly Mountain Rose Herbs order so I’ll be adding in a couple extra herbs I’ve never used before.
- Try eight new recipes – This may be a bit lofty, yet I’d like to begin trying a new recipe each week or two. I find that making new dishes helps me keep things fresh in the kitchen as well as expands my knowledge of food and preparing it.
So what are you currently working on?
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