Mid-February probably seems like an odd time to make a post about goals for the year. Maybe you think I should put “stop procrastinating” on my Not-Quite-New Year’s resolution list. Well, I’m not going to do that. Here’s why: no list of resolutions! Yea!
I have many, many notebooks (journals, sketchbooks, diaries, scraps of paper, napkins from restaurants, etc.) from over many, many years, that I can’t throw away, somehow. Every couple of years, I come across a list, dated “Sept ‘97” or something, on which I’ve detailed my goals for the next year (or five years, or life, or no time-frame at all). They always mention losing weight, getting organized and writing more. It has become obvious to me that I’ve been doing this wrong, since it seems I go backwards on all of these things every time I write them down.
This year, I’ve decided to set three smallish goals for myself per month. In January, I chose: 1. to spend 30 minutes a day, three days per week, getting rid of clutter; 2. to make sure we had “project time” three times per week (more on that later); and 3. to finish three of the numerous art/craft projects I’ve started over the last year.
Goal 3 went swimmingly. I finished a crocheted sun hat for the Girl, a knitted fox hat for the Boy, and put the finishing touches on a knitted stegosaurus I started last summer. Boy was so happy to see that his stego had eyes, he brought me three more knitted dinos to have their eyes added. (Photos to come)
Goal 2 worked fairly well, but I discovered that protecting the time for project-based learning is not as important as I thought. There are two reasons for this: it’s hard to find a time when Boy is not directing his own learning, and the length is not as vital as the kids knowing that this time is for them to do what they want – I will be there to attend to and document their activities and help them, if they need help. I will keep track of questions and plans they have, and materials they need, but I WILL NOT TAKE OVER.
Goal 1? Well . . . slow progress is better than none.
So, now it’s time for February’s goals:
- Continue making progress decluttering by going through one box or pile, or clearing one surface, at least 3 times per week.
- Finish 3 more projects.
- Write at least 2 blog posts. (One down!)
How are you improving/enjoying life?