March 2014 Goals

March goals

As I wrote yesterday, I’m moving on to my goals for March. I know I’m not going to work anymore on my February goals and I’m really motivated to start my March goals.

I’m changing things up a bit this month. Last month I made a list of goals from my 101 in 1001 that I wanted to focus on. It worked so well for keeping my motivated, so I want to expand the goal setting beyond 101 in 1001. I want to see if it can keep me focused on other goals as well.

101 in 1001 focus goals

#18 Do push ups every other day – reach 10

#24 Find a new system for my documents

#27 Make my bed every day for 2 weeks

#33 Buy fresh flowers

#60 Plan an emergency kit

#69 Plan out guides for Copenhagen

#71 Clean up internet bookmarks

#82 Watch 1 documentary

#91 Start running again

Other goals

Finish my About me page

Finish my school paper

Write an update for my word of the year

Finish the baby blanket

Find fabric for the floor poof

Catch up on Project Life

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101 in 1001 #3: End of February 2014

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It’s time for an update. I think I did quite well actually, I finished 7 out of 11 focus goals this period. I had a hard time finding the time for the museum and the recipes. I also found it kind of awkward that I sort of had to plan the act of kindness, so that will have to wait for when the opportunity comes along. I have decided to move on now, I could wait until friday and start my March goals then, but I feel so motivated right now. I’ll post my new goals tomorrow.

#2 Read 1 book

#6 Contact book (read about that here)

#8 Get photos in albums

#16 Visit one museum

#52 Make 2 cookbook recipes

#53 Make 2 pinterest recipes

#68 Try 1 new food (It was technically not a food, but a beverage, but I’ll count it in)

#77 Do 1 random act of kindness

#87 Add 20 things to the list of 500 things I’m grateful for

#95 Cleaning routine (read about that here – Now I just need to stick to it for 1 month)

#99 Make a budget

Cleaning schedule

Cleaning ScheduleMy mom and my grandmother clean all the time, so you would think it’s in my blood. And it kind of is, but I have a hard time remembering when I did what and when it’s time to do it again, so I need a schedule, at least until it becomes more of a routine for me.

I started out by writing down all the tasks that needed to be done, as well as how often I thought I needed to do it. This list depends on the size of your house/flat, your household as well as the amount of time available.

I ended up with four tasks that needed to be done every day, dishes, taking out the trash, clearing the floors and making my bed (I’m hopeless at this one). Two tasks to do each month, clearing out and defrost the freezers and clearing out and cleaning the kitchen cupboards, while the sheets need to be changed twice a month. I set a certain date each month for these tasks to be done.

The rest of the tasks needed to be done once or more times a week. I grouped some tasks together based on practicality, like wiping surfaces of the same day as vacuuming, and only washing the floors on the same day as I had vacuumed. Most days ended up with two or three tasks other than the basic tasks while Sunday only have cleaning the microwave.

I know that to some it sound kind of weird to write down simple tasks like taking out the trash and doing the dishes, but I’m trying to make all of these tasks a routine for me, and it makes it a bit easier for me if everything is written down.

2014-02-16 15.46.19And the list of tasks in english:

  • Dishes (Every day)
  • Clear the floors (Every day)
  • Taking out the trash (Every day)
  • Make bed (Every day)
  • Wipe off surfaces in kitchen (2x week)
  • Wipe off surfaces in bath (2x week)
  • Wipe off surfaces in living room (2x week)
  • Make sure everything is in its place (3x week)
  • Clear out fridge (1x week)
  • Vacuum (2x week)
  • Washing the floors (1x week)
  • Wipe off doors (1x week)
  • Take papers and advertisements out for recycling (1x week)
  • Clean microwave (1x week)
  • Wash the bathroom tiles (1x week)
  • Clear out and clean cupboards (1x month)
  • Changing the sheets (2x month)
  • Clearing out and cleaning freezer (1x month)

Contact Book

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I found the perfect little notebook to use as a contact book. This type of notebooks usually come with red accents but I found one with light blue accents and I love it. I just added some stickers to the front to personalize it a bit. Right now all I need is a section for birthdays and other important dates, a section for actual contact information (I’ll come back to this) and a section for an alphabetic directory.

2014-02-13 12.10.52The first section is for important dates. I decided that I needed one page for each month. All I did was choose six different washi tapes and added a small strip at the top of each page and wrote the month on top.

20140214-114112.jpgI divided each section with a small piece of washi tape which I wrapped around the page to make a small tap. For the actual contact information I have two contact per page. The information varies a bit but the general design allows for two phone numbers, an address and an email.

20140214-114344.jpgThe last section is the directory. I numbered all the contact pages and will write down the names in back ordered by first name, to make it easier on myself (it also means that I wont have to change it if people get married).

20140214-114437.jpgThat’s it. If there’s something I haven’t covered here feel free to ask in the comments.

I’m so happy that I finished this goal on my 101 in 1001 list.

101 in 1001 #2: February 2014 update

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In January I posted about what goal I wanted to focus on until the end of February. There’s still almost three weeks left of February but I thought it was time for a status update.

#2 Read 1 book

  • I’m working on this one as I am currently reading Libba Bray “A Great and Terrible Beauty“. It’s easy to read and doesn’t require too much thinking (I know that that doesn’t sound like a compliment, but right now that’s exactly what I need). I’m 2/3 done, so I expect to finish it by the end of the month.

#6 Contact book

  • I need to find the perfect book for this so I haven’t really made much progress on this goal.

#8 Get photos in albums

  • I got all of my photos into three albums, so now I just need to date all of them and name all of the people in the photos before I forget who they are.

#16 Visit one museum

#52 Make 2 cookbook recipes

  • No progress

#53 Make 2 pinterest recipes

  • No progress

#68 Try 1 new food

  • No progress

#77 Do 1 random act of kindness

  • No progress

#87 Add 20 things to the list of 500 things I’m grateful for

  • I’ve added 14 things so far, it’s proved to be a challenging task.

#95 Cleaning routine

  • I’ve made a routine now I just need to stick to it. I’ll post the routine I came up with next week.

#99 Make a budget

  • This weeks challenge is to create a basic budget.

All in all, I must say that I’m quite pleased with my progress.

101 in 1001 #1

101 in 1001 01The idea is to come up with 101 goals to be completed in 1001 days (2.75 days).

I wanted my goals to be “measurable”, so nothing like “be better at this and that”. Most of the goals on my list are like mini challenges, so in order to not get overwhelmed I’m going to pick a few each month to work on.

My deadline is October 14th 2016.

See my complete list here.

Until the end of February I will work on the following goals:

#2 Read 1 book

#6 Contact book

#8 Get photos in albums

#16 Visit one museum

#52 Make 2 cookbook recipes

#53 Make 2 pinterest recipes

#68 Try 1 new food

#77 Do 1 random act of kindness

#87 Add 20 things to the list of 500 things I’m grateful for

#95 Cleaning routine

#99 Make a budget