We’ll see how this goes.

January 5, 2020


It’s time for a New Year’s Resolutions post. I am well aware that, as in many past years, my good intentions will wane after a bit, but I’m still gung-ho for establishing some new habits.

At work, I have a notebook where I write down everything that needs to be accomplished for the day, both in and out of the classroom. I make a little square beside each item because it’s more satisfying to make an ‘x’ in the box rather than cross the item off the list. When I go home, I’m pretty satisfied if 80% of the items are accomplished. The next day I might re-write the unfinished items on the ‘today’ page, or realize that they don’t really need to get done. It’s a workable system for me.

I wondered about a system like that for home. I have some habits that need to be established – like the stuff I’m supposed to do to care for my dry eyes – and some big projects that I’d like to accomplish this year. I spent the past three years pretty invested at work, so I think I may channel some of that energy into some home projects.

For the big projects, I’ve broken them down into tiny tasks. (I want to post about a couple of those tasks, so I figured I’d better explain the system.) My thought is that even if I don’t get the whole project done this year, I’ll be that much closer to it for next year. As you can see, the bar is set super-low. If I get one Big Project done this year, I will consider it a success!

Here’s to a stab at making progress:

You’ll probably get sick of those pages over the next few days, but hey – that’s what I’ve got going on. 🙂

The page on the left is this week’s Weekly Page. I circled what didn’t get done. Not a big problem. There’s always next week.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “We’ll see how this goes.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Yeah! Go Lauren! I hope you get all your resolutions done.
    Mine was to eat more protein. I haven’t done a great job of it yet, but you’re inspiring me.


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Rehome 5 things… Amen to that! It is an ongoing issue in my life.

    How do you define “one weird chore”?


    • Lauren Said on:

      Something that wouldn’t be on the list of ‘standard’ things to make the house better. Last week I had two: I moved the garlic to that jar and I bought and replaced the oven light. Not too shabby!


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I’m not making to-do list! Uumh, just did.


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