A New Year’s Resolution is something that when broken is dropped and forgotten, a New Year’s Goal is something if broken is picked back up and tried again. It is something to work toward.
Progress not Perfection.
The first is something a good friend of mine said earlier this week when telling me about his goals for 2009, the second is something I used to hear from my ex all the time – it is a common phrase used among friends of Bill W’s.
I’ve decided not to make any resolutions this year. Only a handful of them ever took, anyway. Instead, I have decided to make a few goals for 2009. I made a general “to do” list of all the items I want to get done around my house in the first quarter of the year. Slowly I have been adding the items from this list to my daily list of work to be done as there is time available in my schedule. A few (there are 24 total) of these items are:
- build shelving unit for behind office desk
- finish cutting large logs on patio
- machete down weeds around pond
- build closet in office
- purchase railroad ties for raised bed off of patio
- haul amended soil to around pond area for new garden
- finish filling in shallow end of pond with sand
- purchase liner for pond
- trim rose bush
- trim black raspberry bushes
So far, I have:
- gone through all of my old tax boxes and shredded everything more than eight years old. I filled my large recycling container (the size of the trash cans) with shredded paper from this task. This gives me quite a few new storage boxes and cleared out a lot of space in my closet.
- Built shelves in a few of my closets so I can make better use of some of the dead space.
- Cleaned out three closets.
It should be interesting to see if I can get these all done by the end of March.