I’ve been contemplating drinking the 101 things in 1,001 days Kool-Aid, but I admit I’m a little intimidated. Not just by the sheer size of it, but also the idea of planning things two and a half years in advance … If there’s anything this past year-ish has taught me, it’s that I have NO idea whatsoever what’s going to happen in the intermediate future.
But in random Blog-reading this Sunday evening, in my pyjamas (which is really, the best kind of blog reading — Sunday night in your jammies), I came across the 20 things in 30 days. THIS I can handle. 30 days is just about the time frame I can work with right now. It’s a chunk I can handle. I also notice a big need to work on my schtuffss right now. A BIG big need.
So here we go, 20 things in 30 days.
1. Goal-setting is always hard for me, so I’m going to buckle down and do what all those people who do this kind of thing for a living tell you to do: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Timely is of course built-in by virtue of the 30-day framework.
2. They don’t have to be things to “accomplish” (although they can be); they can be things to do throughout the period.
3. It’s o.k. if I don’t hit 100%. Just clarifying that for myself, cus I tend to like to hit 100% or not even try. See, I told you I had schtuffss.
4. Directly or indirectly the Things need to address or relate to the schtuffs I’ve identified.
Day 1 begins 12:00 a.m. Oct. 13. Day 30 ends 11:59 p.m. Nov. 11. (Incidentally, the day after my half-birthday.
20 Things in 30 Days
- Wake up early on Mondays and Wednesdays to swim.
- Go back to yoga on Tuesdays.
- 8 hours a night. No excuses.
- Only read one book at a time. Yesterday, I said to Dad, as I sat on the couch with my head in my hands, “I’ve gotten myself into this morass of books I’m reading and I don’t know how to get out. I’m reading 4 right now.” Dad said, “Well don’t start another one. And just pick one up and read it until you’re done. And then do that with the next one. THAT’S how you get out of your ‘morass.’” I got the feeling he was half-mocking me …
- Go to three events and not whine that there’s no one to go with me.
- Two blog posts a week.
- Journal for at least 10 minutes every day.
- Not go to the church that makes me angry, even though it makes my parents happy.
- Answer “I haven’t decided yet” instead of “I don’t know” when people ask me what I’m going to do after my job goes away.
- Fill out the application for the SIT TESOL certificate program in Oaxaca. Even if I decide in the end that I DON’T want to do it, I can still apply.
- Go camping with my dog.
- Paint my bedroom.
- Take my lunch to work 85% of the time.
- Call my friend who used to work at my office and catch up with her. And give her the thing I got her in Guatemala.
- Ride my bike to work every Friday.
- Teach the Judy dog a new trick.
- Write down my dreams again.
- Create and follow evening and morning routines that ease me into and out of the day with some kind of movement, alone time, reflection and self-caring.
Anyone else have 20 things they want to do in 30 days? Care to join me? Can you think in terms of time:to-dos? Anyone currently doing 101 things in 1001 days? How’s it going?