I have a 30×30 goal/bucket/project list that I’m chipping away at. I ignored it for months and finally realized I need to plan better if these are truly priorities. So I’m checking in every Wednesday, which is helping me keep track of my progress and keeping me accountable.
Progress on August Projects
- Finish reading Persuasion, start Sense and Sensibility – on page 198 of Persuasion. I have about 50 pages left. Just got to the part where Anne’s friend Mrs. Smith is like “hey this dude who seems like he has designs to marry you (dude’s wife died six months ago and he’s Anne’s cousin) is actually a huge POS.” Intrigue. I mean I already know the story line, but still. Mrs. Smith is being very direct, not in keeping with some of the social customs and norms of the time. Thank goodness I didn’t live in that era. It seems like a lot of social-climbing. But props to Austen for writing something unique compared to her peers.
- Finish The Catcher and the Rye and The Call of the Wild – on chapter 6 of The Catcher and the Rye and 71% finished with The Call of the Wild. Probably won’t finish The Catcher and the Rye in August, but I’ll continue to work on it. Right now I read a chapter on my lunch break. The chapters are short, so this strategy is working well.
- Watch a movie from the AFI top 100 list – I signed up for Netflix DVD delivery because I basically had two options A) stream through iTunes for about $4 per movie (and only get access for 24 hours from when the movie first viewed) or B) Netflix DVDs delivered via mail for $8/month with the first month free. I’ve already seen all the movies I’m able to stream over Netflix and have had problems with getting the movies within a reasonable amount of time from the library (and returning them on time too). I think I’ve already paid over $20 in fines since January. Oops. I’m about half way through Ben Hur, which is 3.75 hours long. Too. damn. long. I have to admit the chariot seen is impressive.
- Learn to make a Pisco Sour cocktail
+ one other cocktail– no progress ,also cut out the “one other cocktail” part. Not feasible right now.
- Work on crossword puzzle skills – no progress
- Make an Oregonian sandwich – marionberry jam, rogue creamery blue cheese, and Oregon hazelnut butter between 2 slices challah and grilled – no progress. I might need to simplify this and make something similar, like raspberry jam with peanut butter and a cheese on normal bread. Blue cheese really isn’t appealing to me in that sandwich. Progress not perfection.
Check for Ellen show tickets– done, request submitted. fingers crossed.
- Update blog with NYC, Banff, & Switzerland travel pages (kind of a digital scrapbook) – no progress
- Finish applying for TSA Global Entry – no progress
- Finish up making sure retirement accounts are on track – no progress
- Make 3-6 items for Etsy shop (to re-open later this year) – worked on this but not complete
- Finish researching blog link-ups to take part in – researched some. still working on this.
Try a Skillshare class –Done. I finished three classes about blogging and definitely want to keep up with other classes. I’m part way through Writing for Online Engagement and the content is solid. Gives me a ton of ideas. Try paddle boarding or kayaking– eh shelving this for now
- Write 500 words of fiction per day for 4 days – no progress
Do 5 year journal entrydone
What’s working: The 10 minute timer strategy (pick a project/task, set a timer for 10 minutes, work on it for 10 minutes only…I mean you can keep going if wanted but only 10 minutes are required) is working well. Progress not perfection. <–I will say this 10,000 times. I need constant reminding.
What’s not working: I posted here about breaking down goals into tiny tasks and scheduling them. That proved too daunting and confining. I want a little more freedom from constantly feeling like I’m behind. I also want the flexibility to pursue whichever project I feel like, not being assigned specific tasks on specific days. Accordingly this strategy has gotten the axe. Breaking down larger tasks is helpful, but I think my weekly check-ins are helping with that. I’m glad I broke down the 30×30 list into monthly goals, that’s working well.