Tuesday To-Do #3

Well, I missed a week. Already, ugh. That trip out of state, combined with working full days all the days I was home…simply put, I was in no place to write coherently during my down time. But things are settling again into what will hopefully be routine for the next few weeks, and I’m determined to keep this blog going (slowly but surely). I’m not dwelling. On to the next Tuesday To-Do post!

Tuesday To-Do

The Tuesday To-Do Series has very simple rules:

  1. Post a manageable list of goals for the week.
  2. Report back on success/failure next Tuesday.
  3. Repeat every Tuesday.

 

I’m glad I made the last list (two weeks ago) a nice easy one. Even though I didn’t report it on schedule, I did manage to get it all done before my one week allotment of time was out.

  • Get the kitchen clean & make our lunches every night before bed
    • This makes the morning so much easier. So much. I’ve taken to peeling enough carrots & washing enough apples for a few days at a time too, to save on dishes. Definitely have to keep this up.
  • Decorate apartment for Halloween/Fall
    • Done. Which is not saying a lot, considering how few Halloween/Fall decorations I have. I really thought I had more, but apparently most of what’s in my decorations bin is Christmas/Winter themed. So I went out to Pier One this weekend and finally used up a gift card I had on a lovely new Fall-themed table runner.  Just in time for a party!
  • Sort the last random bag of books onto my bookshelves
    • Ah, finally. All the books we have (that aren’t on loan/missing) are organized onto bookshelves. How long I’ve waited for this day! Unfortunately, this moment causes the inevitable realization that our bookshelves are beyond packed to capacity & we’re really going to have to buy more. All these new baby books need a home. Sigh.
  • Finish 2 pairs of crochet baby booties
    • Managed to do most of this during the car ride to NY, when I wasn’t staring at the awesome October foliage. Unlike reading, crocheting in the car doesn’t make me car sick. Yay!
  • Earn 600 total Swagbucks
    • I ended up taking one of the longer surveys on offer & earned 150 bucks in one go. Not sure the survey was worth it though — I think I might stick to the smaller things that don’t require so much time in the future. I’ve ordered my first Amazon.com gift card & plan to use it on the 2nd book in the Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson. Which is pretty good, so far, if not great. I expect it must get better, given the amazing reviews. Here’s hoping!

Tuesday To-Dos #3, October 22 thru October 29, 2013.

  • Get the kitchen clean & make our lunches every night before bed (I’m putting this here every week until it becomes a solid habit)
  • Finish writing & sending Thank You Notes for the baby shower
  • Clean apartment for the Pumpkin Carving Party we’re hosting this Saturday
  • Finish organizing the nursery / put together the Graco swing
  • Finish two crochet baby beanies (to match the booties)

Please join me if you have a list of stuff that needs to be done! Write it out in the comments, or link me to your blog post about it. Then check back in next week and let me know how it went. Good luck!

What I learned writing this post: skipping posts makes me feel really, really bad. 

Tuesday To-Do #2

It’s time for the new Tuesday To-Do list and first ever review of last week’s list!

I promise I will eventually stop describing everything here as ‘first ever.’ Eventually.

Tuesday To-Do

The Tuesday To-Do Series has very simple rules:

  1. Post a manageable list of goals for the week.
  2. Report back on success/failure next Tuesday.
  3. Repeat every Tuesday.

Easy as pie. (Which…why is that a phrase? Pie making—not so easy.)

Here’s last week’s list. I’m thrilled to say that I did manage to complete all of my goals. I think that sets a good precedent, don’t you?

  • Organize our music CD collection & discard the unwanted discs 
    • I actually took a second step and went through our DVDs and video games as well, throwing out all the unwanted content and cases, and arranging everything in disc binders. Doing so, I managed to empty half a bookshelf and most of a drawer in our living room. I’m extremely pleased with the new organized binder system. Who needs all those individual cases anyway?
  • Complete my crochet hook & tool case craft project
    • Finally! I was starting to wonder if I’d ever find the motivation to finish this project. Now all my crochet tools are neatly stored in a nice, portable wrap—just in time for a big trip away. I made tons of changes to the original pattern, which I’ll post about soon. In the meantime, you can see it on Ravelry.
  • Finish typing up & editing the latest scene for my novella
    •  And I added almost 1000 words to the story in the process, for a current total of 22,000ish words. My writing is painstakingly slow, true, but words were written and edited nevertheless.
  • Earn 200 total Swagbucks
    • This was my first week using Swagbucks. To be honest, it was easier than I expected. I made my 200 goal by Thursday. Mc thinks I’m silly for using this site, but I don’t see how spending a small amount of effort/time each day and consequently earning Amazon.com gift cards can be a bad thing. No matter how long it takes to earn that gift card, a free book is a free book.

I hope you all finished your Tuesday To-Dos as well. As for this week’s list, it’s going to be an easy one for two reasons. Firstly, I landed a part-time Administrative Assistant job just last week (the same week I started this homemaking blog…this kind of irony is a theme in my life). I started work Monday. The 25-hours/week I’ll devote to that will cut into my to-do list time from now on. Crazy, right? I’m super happy; I never thought someone would offer a job to a 32-weeks-pregnant lady.

Secondly, Mc and I are leaving Thursday to spend a long weekend with family and friends. We’ll be on vacation out-of-state until next Tuesday night, so expect next week’s post late. This’ll definitely hamper my ability to get stuff done around here but I’ll do what I can. On the plus side, the weekend will be awesome and fun and will include my baby shower, and I’m incredibly stoked for the trip!

Now that I’ve made my excuses: Tuesday To-Dos #2, October 8 thru October 15, 2013.

  • Get the kitchen clean & make our lunches every night before bed
  • Decorate apartment for Halloween/Fall
  • Sort the last random bag of books onto my bookshelves
  • Finish 2 pairs of crochet baby booties
  • Earn 600 total Swagbucks

Please join me if you have a similar list and want some extra oomph in your motivational coffee. Write it out in the comments, or link me to your blog post about it. Then check back in next week and let me know how it went.

What I learned writing this post: It’s called a disc binder, not a disc book / organizer / random other word. 

Tuesday To-Do #1

Welcome to the first ever Tuesday To-Do list!

Tuesday To-Do

Part of my purpose in writing this blog is to hold myself accountable for all the improvements, both minor and major, that I want to make in my home and life. To that end, I’m starting a weekly series with very simple rules:

  1. Post a manageable list of goals for the week.
  2. Report back on success/failure next Tuesday.
  3. Repeat every Tuesday!

Easy, right? I keep an extensive ongoing list of to-dos on paper that I’m planning to draw from, and I don’t foresee it ever running dry. It’s even loosely categorized. My problem has always been that I see how huge said list is and become immediately overwhelmed. I hide it away, I say: no one knows I even want this stuff to happen, so no one will notice when it doesn’t. You know? Some days it’s hard enough just to keep up with life’s regular whoozits and whatnots. Dinner, dishes, dusting…

Hence the key word manageable. By prioritizing a few items from my gigantic list, giving myself a seven-day window to tackle the selected activities, and forcing myself to examine why I may not complete the list every week, my hope is that I can find the extra boost of motivation I need. After all, the world is watching now (theoretically). No more excuses.

Without further ado: Tuesday To-Dos #1, October 1 thru October 8, 2013.

  • Organize our music CD collection & discard the unwanted discs 
  • Complete my crochet hook & tool case craft project
  • Finish typing up & editing the latest scene for my novella 
  • Earn 200 total Swagbucks

And that’s it. I think that will be manageable. We’ll see.

Please join me if you have a similar list! Write it out in the comments, or link me to your blog post about it. Check back in next week and let me know how it went. Drop me a line if you have a related series — we can cheerlead for each other!

What I learned writing this post: This is a good source of images in the public domain.