"If we write our dreams and goals down, we dramatically increase our odds of realization. If we share them with others, they become potent and alive."
~ Kristin Armstrong
What are your plans for 2014? What do you hope to accomplish? Does writing it down and sharing with others really help you achieve your goals?
Last year at this time, I wrote down and shared three things:
- I started Project DO to help me declutter and organize
- I committed to being prepared for Christmas (and birthdays) well ahead of time
- I jumped onto the Cake-a-Week bandwagon
Should have all been doable, right? I mean, really...won't I be decluttering and organizing during my regular cleaning? And wouldn't it be pretty easy to be prepared for Christmas way ahead of time if I just focused a little? And making a cake each week would be fun!
After a full year of Project DO and my formalized Christmas Prep, I've realized a few things. Firstly, I'm no good at documentation. I'm good at doing but fall down on the job when it comes to taking photos and posting about my progress. At first it's fun, as evidenced by the early posts. But then the novelty of talking about it wears off and I just quietly go about my business.
So did I accomplish my goals? Pretty much! I was mostly prepared for Christmas by Halloween and this is the lowest stress year I can remember. I also made some good progress on getting rid of stuff and neatening up what's left. But both these are ongoing projects. Christmas comes every year so I'll be prepping throughout the year every year. And there will never be an end to decluttering and organizing! But I'm not going to press myself to write about the minutiae. Who wants to read all the nitty gritty details anyway? I will try to do periodic updates, however, and will be sure to share if I find something especially cool.
As for making a cake a week - what insanity was that? We're a bunch of middle-aged folk who don't need the extra calories! But it was sure fun while it lasted.
As for the coming year, I'm giving myself until the end of January to come up with my 2014 goals.