Note: This is an update to my Resolution Chart project. Check out the original post to see what's going on here.
Well, here it is:
As you can see, Tuesday was a great day! I was incredibly productive, so much so that I even mowed the lawn and cleared the garden a bit. But Wednesday, disaster struck. I was SICK! I must've picked up some nasty little virus, because I could barely get out of bed for three days.
By Friday, I was feeling a little better, and by Saturday, much better. Sunday was another productive day, and not only did I manage to populate my day with stars, my husband and I took a trip to Cincinnati (about 1.5 hours away) to go to Ikea and Jungle Jim's.
A couple things I learned this week while focusing on doing the resolution chart:
1. I need to build in a 5 or 10 minute space of time to think about the errands I need to do the next day (e.g., mail checks, return RedBox movie, etc.).
2. The office decluttering box should be removed. I can't actually spend 15 minutes decluttering the office forever because right now it's a huge mess and I'm getting cleared out so that we can turn it in to a Serenity Room*. I would consider this more of a goal.
3. I like seeing all the things that I need to work on for the week laid out on one sheet. And I like getting stars.
4. I can use my sense of fair play to get things done that I don't want to. I realized that I have personal integrity and when I promised I wouldn't lie about my chart, I really meant it. Tuesday, I gave myself a star for vacuuming when I meant to give myself a star for doing laundry, but because I couldn't move the star, I ended up doing the task because I couldn't be a liar about it!. That made me realize something interesting about myself: If I give myself stars before I ever did anything and because I absolutely will not allow myself to be a liar, I make sure I get the starred stuff done by the end of the day. Pretty genius, huh? I played a mind trick on myself. A pretty effective one, at that.
Week 2 starts tomorrow and I am not going to make any new changes to the chart because this past week wasn't really a great start. I'm not sad about it though. Sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to. I get to start again.
*A note on the Serenity Room
I learned about this from Thich Nhat Hanh. I can't remember which one of his books I read it in, but I know it was him. The idea that you create a space in your home (it can even be a corner) where anyone in the home can go for peace. If you are in that space, no one can bother you, no one can call you, no one can make you go there if you don't want to. You are basically in a self-imposed 'time out'.
We are transforming our office in to a Serenity Room. To do that, however, we needed to move many, many books out of that space so that we could move our office furniture upstairs to our bonus room (my NEW office!).
To that end, we bought a big wall shelf from Ikea today to move many of our books and mementos to the living room:
I am very happy with what its done for our living room. I love books and I am happy to be surrounded by them wherever I go in my home. By the way, the gorgeous blonde on the couch is Tasha. She runs the joint.