Monday, December 20, 2010

Patty needs help. (Please? Pretty please?)

I'm done with the grumpy mood, more or less. Now I’m just feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of things I want or need to do.

Unfortunately, I’m a big believer in productive procrastination. When I was finishing grad school, for example, our house always became much cleaner when I had a paper to write or an exam to study for. Closets were de-junked. Drawers were organized. Files were purged. And perhaps now you’re beginning to understand why you’re reading my third consecutive blog entry when I have a laundry list of stuff to do (including, as it turns out, laundry).

So here’s the deal: While I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions, I've always set goals for myself and, more importantly, told other people about them so they could help to keep me moving in the right direction instead of getting derailed by the contents of my sock drawer.

In other words, I need you guys. So if I tell you about my to-do list, will you help to keep me working on it instead of alphabetizing our spice rack?

Here’s my to-do list at the moment:

By December 24:
  • Find wrapping paper/gift bags in basement rubble and wrap Christmas gifts
By January 1, 2011:
  • Back up the contacts on my personal cell phone so I can finally reset it so it will stop trying to sync me with an office where I haven’t worked since March
  • Make appointments with local doctors who have been recommended to me
  • Take the box of books we’re donating to the library to the library
  • Write “Christmas” letter
By February 1, 2011:
  • Mail "Christmas" letter
First quarter 2011:
  • Start swimming again—at least one swim a week in January, two a week in February and (stretch goal!) three a week in March
  • Unpack at least one box a week of the stuff remaining in the basement and either put the contents where it belongs or donate it to charity
There’s more, but I’m also trying to get in bed on time, so I better quit.

Can you guys hold me to this much, at least?


Lynne the Lurker said...

Goal setting is a fine thing. I'm sure you will meet all your goals.

I hope you and Jeff have a hppy holiday season. I can't tell you how much i have enjoyed Frazz and this blog over the past year. (((hugs)))

Jesse said...

You got it...Hey Patty - poke...poke...go dig out the wrapping paper and get those packages wrapped - like pronto!

You want like daily pokes, or every other day?


BTW - telling others about your goals is one of the best ways I know of to stay on task.

JC Dill said...

You got it!

If you need further help, check out FlyLady. Her site and daily emails are full of tips on how to break tasks down into small bites so that you can do them, then feel the accomplishment of having done them, and build on success. One trick is to set a timer for 15 minutes, then dive in. Get as much done as you can in 15 minutes, then stop. You have accomplished your goal (15 minutes) even if the task itself isn't done. For most tasks, you can do the rest later (tomorrow, etc.).

Sparrowhawk said...

Sorry if I am just comment dumping but not sure how to reach you otherwise.

I was tuning about getting a tattoo of one of the illustrations from your book. I would never want to violate someone"s intellectual property. So I wanted your thoughts on the subject

Liz H. said...

One box a week sounds pretty doable. Go for it!

As for the swim thing: perhaps the first goal is to find a place where you can swim? Unless you have one already and you've got a membership and everything. Bite-size steps and all that.

Jim Smith II said...

Consider it done - That said, we're going to want regular status updates (sorry it's the PM in me)

Happy Holidays to you, Jef, and the "Kids"

Jef Mallett said...

Jef to Sparrowhawk:
I'm completely flattered! I don't see any reason you couldn't do that. If I were to make any special request at all, it's that I'd love to see a photo when it's all done (provided you have it done on a part of your body you can photograph and share ...)

SSB said...

I try to mail my Christmas cards by Valentine's day. I buy cards with red envelopes so they blend in with the rest of the mail. And people get excited to get a Valentine's Day card from me...even though it's says "Ho ho ho"