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21 Day Self-Discipline Challenge

Well, I’m not even entirely sure what day I’m on… 😛 Thanks to the holidays and my husband being home for a while and all that. Unfortunately my mega projects have suffered…a lot….

However!!! Every week day, I have still been making my bed and reading Scripture aaaaaaaaand doing my dishes. Habits are being formed people! good good habits! 😀 😀 😀

And my sister’s present is being worked on, slowly. I ran into some huge issues and so it’s taking longer then I ever thought… And instead of my friend’s book I opened the babyproofing the house can of worms…. so that’s the other mega project I’m working on… (ahhhh my house is a dump! 😦 )… but, lots of stuff is getting thrown out and lots of boxes are being gone through… so, it’s all good.

21 Day Self Discipline Challenge: Day 7

Day 7:

Today’s Assignment: Avoiding negative thought patterns

“I’ll try”

Today’s chapter is all about negative thought patterns, and I know this is something I need to work on. But, it’s tough. One of the things Crystal talks about is the phrase, “I’ll try,”

“Try” may not seem like a negative thought word, but it really is! When you use the word “try,” you are telling yourself that you don’t really believe in your ability to get the job done. In your mind, you’ve already failed, and you’re accounting for your failure with your word choice.

I haven’t really thought about this much in terms of being a negative thought pattern, but honestly, it is negative. I say “I’ll try,” because I don’t want to lie. I don’t want to be one of those people who says repeatedly “I’m going to change.” And then doesn’t. So instead, I say “I’ll try.” But really everything about that is negative. It’s admitting defeat before I even start.

Crystal also talks about surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people. This is a struggle for me as well. I have to admit that most of the people around me (mostly family) are on the negative side, and are quick to say why my plan or goal isn’t going to happen. I am, however, so blessed to be married to a wonderful, positive and supportive husband who is such a cheerleader for me. He believes in me, no matter how many times I have failed in the past and I am so blessed to have that in him.

Today’s Assignment: Don’t “try,” DO IT!

Crystal also shared this short motivational video of Art Williams—whatever it is you are wanting to attain, just.do.it.

Assignment 1: Small Habit (dressed and bed made as soon as I get up)
If nothing else happens out of this challenge, at the very least, I feel like I have got back on track with this habit.

Assignment 2: Continue with Life Hack
I’m kind of lost on this for the moment. Wondering if I should start something new at this point in the challenge, or keep trying for the working out thing, even though I haven’t really started it.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project
Yesterday, I made it through the hallway closets, and today will be moving along to the bathroom and linen closet.  The progress so far has been nice and I’m looking forward to tackling the other areas in the house as well.

http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/11/06/day-7-avoiding-negativity/

…I never really thought about the whole “I’ll try” thing before, not as a negative thing, anyway. I’m one of those people who does always say that they’ll do something or change something and really struggles to follow through. It’s almost a joke now when I say I want to do a project. Both my dad and my husband just kind of laugh and say “ok!” or if I say “will you give me this if I get this done” they don’t even hesitate, because they think I’ll never finish…which, is discouraging, but necessary for them so they really disappointed in me when I don’t get done whatever they want to do. So, I started saying “I’ll try” or “I’ll see what I can do” and “no promises” almost more for the sake of whoever I was going to try to get something done for. But, it just gives me one more way to back out. And it’s true that I seriously doubt my ability to do things and get them done, mostly because of how many times I’ve failed in the past.

But, all that is changing. Thanks to my son, thanks to sparkpeople.com, and thanks to this challenge. As I type, my bed is made, my dishes are done, I’ve spent some time with God this morning, and my son has already been fed once. And I’ve only been up for about an hour. And what’s even more impressive, is that I’ve done my dishes and cleaned my whole kitchen every day for 4 straight days. This is unheard of for me. Things are changing, my friends, things are truly changing. I actually am developing some sort of new life habit, and it’s so incredibly refreshing for me. Which is strange because you wouldn’t think that working is refreshing, but it IS. There isn’t usually anything stressful about my dishes because there are so few of them that they only take maybe 15-20 minutes if I’m going slow. But, it is SO refreshing to see that empty sink and the handful of dishes all clean and the counters clean and the floor swept. It’s refreshing to have my husband come home to a house I am proud of. It’s refreshing not to be ashamed if anyone walks in my kitchen. It’s refreshing to know that if I want to bake anything, I have everything and anything I want dishes-wise. It’s refreshing to know that it’s not secretly bothering my husband and he’s just to nice to bring it up over and over and over. It’s refreshing to not feel guilty just stepping into my kitchen. It’s refreshing to wake up in the morning, get it out of the way and have the whole day to enjoy my clean kitchen and not worry about when I should do them. It’s refreshing being proud of myself. I know doing your dishes every day is a pretty sad thing to be proud of, but, in my case, it’s a big deal. And I am very proud of myself. 🙂 I’m still a little scared to go ahead and stop saying, “I’ll try”…because there are days I’m sure something will get in the way and it just won’t happen. But after seeing just how much of a difference this makes and how easy it can be. I’m done skipping my dishes for a week and feeling ashamed every day and knowing it’s making my husband sad, if I miss a day, I am going to get right back on track the next day and keep going. I like things this way and this is the way I plan for them to stay. This is a realistic life habit to have, I have been doing it, and I will continue to do it.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been quite so realistic with my mega-projects… so the cloak took 2 extra days and it’s looking like my sister’s birthday present might take an extra day… we’ll see.

makebed/Scripture reading: CHECK!
Dishes: DOUBLE CHECK!
RP: finishing up design–maybe painting?

21 Day Self Discipline Challenge: Day 6

Day 6:

So, I have a little confession to make. I haven’t been doing so well with the whole working out life hack thing.  And yesterday, even though the topic was all about not allowing discouragement to impede progress, I did just that. I let the day slip away from me until it was 11:00, and not only had I not worked out, I also hadn’t completed my mega-project daily assignment.

I hopped online to approve comments one last time before going to bed, and I saw this comment. And I was immediately convicted! Bethany is sticking to it and allowing her life to be changed by adding in more self-discipline, while I was failing. So, I found myself cleaning out the laundry/utility/pantry room at 11:00 pm last night. It took much less time than I originally thought, and it felt so good to get back on track.

As I cleaned, I pondered. You ladies who are sticking to this challenge will see positive results in your life and attitude, I really believe that. And the only person losing out by my lack of follow through is me.  But as this thought crossed my mind, it was quickly followed by another one:  It’s not just me who suffers from my lack of discipline, it’s my family as well. (<–Tweet This)

That’s why I want to stick to it, and change this about myself. Because my family deserves the best.

Today’s Assignment: Realistic Goals

It’s important to set realistic goals. Crystal says this:

Do yourself a favor when setting goals: be realistic and thoughtful about them. Even if they don’t seem quite so amazing, it’s better to set the bar lower and actually meet your goals than to set the bar too high and keep falling flat on your face.

I think it’s important to have both big and small goals. The small goals should be leading us toward larger life goals.  But they have to be broken down in a way that they are achievable.  For example, my life-goal might be to be more organized. A smaller goal is to de-clutter my house, and that’s what I’m focusing on right now. This is broken down into bite-sized goals (my daily pieces) that keep me on track.

Assignment 1: Continue with Small Habit
Success…dressed and bed made right away

Assignment 2: Continue with Life Hack
I’m struggling with this so far, as I mentioned above.  Hopefully I’ll have better news to report tomorrow.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project
Today, I’m working on the hallway closet. Lots of stuff just kind of got stuffed in there when we moved because there was no other place to put it.  I want to make better use of that space.

http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/11/06/discipline-day-6-realistic/

…So, today, yeah, I’m feeling pretty AH-MAZING! Yesterday, I FINSIHED MY HUSBAND”S CLOAK!!!!!!!!!! For those of you who are like–so? what’s the big deal about that?–let me tell you! Not only is this cloak a project that has been a year and a month or two in the making, it is also a FULL-CIRCLE, hooded, reversible cloak, half hand-stiched! It is ALSO the first ever big sewing project I have done by myself, AND it was done without a pattern. NOT ONLY those things, but it is also one of the first ever big projects I have completed since high school… maybe the only big project not-school related, actually… (other then my wedding, but that doesn’t really count cause it was a lot of of little things and people were helping and what not). Yeah. I am pretty ridiculously proud of myself and SUPER happy. I highly approve of this 21 day challenge thing! So today I’m going to be starting to work on my sister’s birthday present. Which, should not be even remotely close to how big the cloak project is… I think I can get this done easily in two days, possibly all today if I work really hard.

As far as being realistic goes… my problem is that I’m more of a big picture person I think, instead of a detail person, until I get right down into something… even if I techincally know all the steps that go into something, I don’t realize how much each one of those steps entails and I ALWAYS end up biting off more then I can chew. I’m not a realistic person, and I’m not sure how to change that…maybe just always plan an extra week on something? I dunno… I only was behind on the cloak by two days…. and that was because I forgot about the weekend and that I wouldn’t get any work done on it while my husband was home to spend time with… But, I definitely agree that the things I end up having more realistic goals about, I feel much better about the whole way through.

Today:
Make bed/Scripture reading: CHECK!
Dishes: DONE!!!!! 😀 😀 (MAN, i feel SOOOOO good about my house right now, it is UN-believeable!)
RP: organize and design–going to start after my son eats next. I’m totally kinda cheating on today’s because I already have the idea of what I want and 90% of the research done, so it shouldn’t take me very long…. but that’s good because I want to do laundry today and I want to work ahead and get tomorrow’s done too so I can start on my next project :P.

Just gotta say, getting stuff done is exhilarating. I feel awesome about how I’m doing in life right now 😀

21 Day Self Discipline Challenge: Day 5

Day 5!

First, I want to share a little revelation I had yesterday. It was Sunday. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but I had Christian grandparents and they really took seriously the call for a day of rest. Sundays were spent relaxing with family. No chores were done. Leftovers or sandwiches were eaten for meals, and any dishes waited until Monday morning. The thing is, though, they earned that day of rest. It felt good to them because it was their reward after a hard week of work. I think in all of our idleness, some of us have lost that feeling. We’ve lost  our self-discipline, and have become a society of indulgence and over-indulgence. Whether it involves time or money, we get what we want when we want it—borrowing against tomorrow instead of patiently waiting. And we’ve lost the joy and satisfaction that comes with something that has been genuinely earned. It’s something I’m hoping to gain back for myself through this process. I want to sit down with a good book or movie at the end of the day and know that I have earned it through being responsible, productive, selfless and serving my family and others throughout the day.

Now onto today:

Anticipating Obstacles

Today’s chapter, like so many others, really hits home for me. I know that I’m one of the worst when it comes to giving into the failure. One bad day for me quickly becomes a bad week, or even a bad month or 6-months because I fall so hard into the pit of discouragement. Failure isn’t in falling down, it’s in staying down. We cannot listen to the voice inside that says “you’ve already messed up, you might as well give up.”

Most everything of value in this world requires perseverance, tenacity. Life requires us to keep going long after we want to give up.

If you fall down, don’t stay there! Get back up as quickly as possible, brush yourself off, and keep moving toward your goal.

Today’s Assignment: Anticipate Obstacles
Today’s assignment to identify potential obstacles reminded me of something very important. I will be travelling from Nov 14th -18th to complete my masters degree (prayers, please!). Since my mega project involves decluttering and organizing my home, that will be kind of hard to do from 300 miles away. So, I’m going to reorganize my game plan for my mega-challenge and try to come up with small and easy things that I can do while at my parents’ so that I won’t lose momentum while I’m gone.

Assignment 1: Continue with Small Habit
Success…dressed and bed made right away :)

Assignment 2: Continue with Life Hack
I’m determined to work out today. My goal is at least 20 minutes (Yes, I’m starting small). . So, I guess this kind of goes along with today’s lesson about making plans for setbacks. I haven’t really done so well with this goal so far. So, if I don’t get to it before hubby gets home from work, I have enlisted his help for added accountability and will do it as soon as he gets home. So thankful for a husband who is so supportive of all my self-improvement attempts.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project
I’m out of the kitchen now, and starting on the laundry room today. My new plan is to try and add a bit each day to make up for the days I won’t be here. Nothing to get me overwhelmed, but just enough to keep me on track.

http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/11/05/discipline-day-5-anticipating-obstacles/

…Today was the first day I had two successful days of dishes in a row… and the funny, AMAZING thing was–there were so many less dishes to do today! It took me maybe 20 minutes to do all the dishes and clean up the kitchen. It was incredible! And now I have more time before my son gets up to work on other things. I like this! 😀 And it feels very very good. 😀

I do have a confession to make about yesterday though. I didn’t even touch my husband’s cloak. 😦 Now, I’m not making an excuse, but, it really wasn’t my fault. My son is teething and ended up crying ALL day yesterday, and a friend came over to talk about something important (do you have any idea how frustrating it is to try talking over a crying baby?…mmmm not easy) But, I guess that’s what today is for, figuring out how to get things done and anticipate obstacles. Well, my biggest obstacle I’m anticipating is my son teething. :/  And the other one is Thanksgiving/weekends. I forgot to put those into my game plan for days I’m working on my projects.

As far as Samuel goes… I guess if he’s crying all the time he’s awake, I’ll need to ONLY work on stuff while he’s asleep… which will give me a LOT less time, but at least I can work on it.

As far as weekends/Thanksgiving goes, here’s my new plan :).  I’m pretty sure it’s doable if I actually WORK on them :P. Which is the whole point of this 21 day challenge, right?
5-T13: FINISH CLOAK!
6-W14: RP – Organize/Design
7-R15: RP – Paint
8-F16: RP: Mail
9-10-SS17-18——-
11-M19: JP: 1-5
12-T20: JP:6-10
13-W21JP:11-15
14-16-R-S22-25:—–
17-M26: JP:16-20
18-T27: JP: 21-25
19-w28: JP:26-30
20-R29: JP any catch up
21-F30: JP any catch up

Plan for Obstacles: check!
Make bed/Scripture reading: Check!
Dishes: DONE!!!! 😀
Cloak: working on right now!

21-Day Self Discipline Challenge days 2-4

Welcome to day 2!
This is what the blogpost said for today:

Day 2: Discipline is a Process

I know that this has been one of my problems.  That all or nothing mentality that leads me to try and “fix” the bazillion problems I have with myself all at once.  I’ve written before about my lack of follow through. And it’s a prevailing problem for me.  Which is why I was so excited to start this, because I agree that discipline is a process.  It takes long-term commitment and patience, two areas of struggle for me.  I’m so glad for the practical application “assignments” each day, and for this group of encouragers we have assembled to go along together.

I read so many self-help books that basically just restate the problem and solution as we know it.  Because, let’s face it, we already know what to do, it’s doing it that is the problem.<–Tweet This

Think about it.  We all know that to lose weight we need to eat better and exercise.  It’s the application that gives us problems.  But, if we can be patient about it and make smaller changes consistently, they add up. Crystal says:

Making small changes over time cements new habits in a way that quick, drastic changes cannot

http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/11/02/day-2-self-discipline-is-a-process/

I am definitely one of those people with an all-or-nothing mentality. I like to say, hey here are all the things I need to fix in my life, I’m going to do them ALL!  Hasn’t worked for me yet. … Although, I have to say, doing sparkpeople (http://www.sparkpeople.com) has definitely helped…and having a baby. Why? Well… I think it’s because I’ve HAD to be disciplined as far as my son goes, I mean, he eats every 2-3 hours, and that doesn’t stop. Ever. Every 2-3 hours I HAVE to stop what I’m doing and go and feed him, or he’ll just cry until I do. So, that forced discipline in one area of my life. Losing weight has been another (thanks to sparkpeople and my sister). And, with me, I’m so freaked out about how much weight I’ve gained over my pregnancy that losing weight is not really an option. It’s almost an obsession (which is prolly not a good thing… :P), but I continue to work on it every day. Those two things, my son and my weight being constants, (plus my husband being like clockwork) have REALLY helped me to be able to be stable in the few and add to that. I think I’d like to be one of those people in the Bible who is faithful in a few things. I like that.

Day 3:

Today, we learn about the importance of the small things. They add up.  Crystal says:

Remember, moving in the right direction – even at a microscopic rate – is always faster
than standing still.

This is the problem with an all or nothing mentality.  There are so many things to change about myself.  So many shortcomings, so many things on my to-do list, and I get overwhelmed. I buy into the lie that my small changes aren’t enough. I end up doing nothing instead.

It’s important to remember that it’s the small, daily things that define who we are.

My husband has a cell phone for work that he also uses for personal calls, and pays for at a rate of $.10/minute. A few months ago, his bill was nearly $50! A dime isn’t thing much, but all those “little bits” can add up to a lot.  The same is applicable in our lives, both good and bad.

It’s the little things we do that can add value and character.

Assignment 1: Follow through on yesterday’s “small thing”

My “small thing” was to get dressed and make my bed as soon as I got up. I was actually doing really good at this for a while, but had kinda fallen off the wagon, so I’m getting back to it with two days under my belt.

Assignment 2: Life Hack

The assignment is to choose one bad habit to break or a positive one to implement. If we didn’t already clean our kitchen at night, I would probably choose that as well because I agree with Crystal that having a clean kitchen (and living room) to start the day off with just makes such a big difference in my day.  However, I already do that.  So, I’m going to start working out again. Some of you followed my weight loss goals back in the spring. I have completely fallen off the wagon (and got run over by it???).  And, mentally, the feeling of “failure” involved with that has been such a drain on me. So, even though it’s not really a chore, I’m going to work out because I know that the mental victory of getting back on track (I’m going all the way back to my workout jar), will be a huge motivation to me in every area of my life.

Assignment 3: Continue w/ the mega project

Today is the final day of the kitchen.  I separated it into 3 parts so that no part would be overwhelming.  I have organized and purged the cabinets and reduced clutter.  Today, I’m tackling the freezer and refrigerator.  Kinda looking forward to getting out of the kitchen tomorrow! Lol

As many of you have stated in your posts and comments, I’m finding that the mental victory of being more productive leads to even more productivity.  It’s a great feeling!

Day 4:

If you’re anything like me, at any given time, you have no less than 20  good habits you’d like to start and/or bad habits you’d like to stop. Sometimes, it feels like there are a countless number of things I need to “fix” about myself.

Crystal meets that problem head-on with today’s lesson:

Instead of trying to implement two dozen habits at once, pace yourself… Yes, it takes longer to actually see big changes, but those changes will be long-lasting…It’s better to focus on and master only three habits each year that actually stick, than to repeatedly try to develop 30 different habits all at the same time and end up overwhelmed, frustrated, and back to where you started.

This makes perfect sense. And, it’s something God has been teaching me as well.  I shared before how I lack follow through. I feel like that is actually one of the biggest faults that I’ve struggled with. I get impatient for results, so I try to do too many things at once, or give up because I want to do more. All the while, I’m regressing instead of progressing.

Assignment 1: Follow through with small habit.
I got dressed and made my bed first thing  this morning.  It always feels great to start my day off on a productive note, and with a neater bedroom.

Assignment 2: Follow through with “life hack” habit.
Okay, I’m just going to be real and admit that I didn’t do this today.  I intended to work out first thing this morning, but couldn’t and then the rest of the day I just didn’t do it.  Back on track tomorrow.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project.
Okay, I didn’t technically do this either, but I was kind of ahead from yesterday. So, instead of my mega project today, I spent the day playing around with my blog and changing things up a bit.  I’m not very tech-savvy (read: not at ALL tech-savvy!), so even changing to the simple design you see here took me hours.

Today’s Assignment: Make a list of habits.
Today’s new assignment was to make a list of good habits I’d like to implement, and bad habits I’d like to do away with. I have to confess that I am a major list nerd, so this was actually kinda fun for me. So, now I have my lists.  Hopefully ready to start checking things off as the weeks go by.

Well well, simply by the fact that there are 3 days worth of posts here, I’m sure you can tell that this weekend wasn’t quite as productive as it could have been. However, I did pull off a super awesome birthday lunch for my husband complete with cake and I am ALLLLLLMOST done with his cloak, so I did get quite a bit done. (And my shopping and what not :P).

But today is not a weekend, so it is a day to be productive. This morning I made my bed, fed my kid, put him to play with his toys while I did ALLLLLLL my dishes that accumulated over the weekend (which, with the extra special meal and all the people that came over to help us eat the cake was NOT a small amount of dishes, let me tell you!), cleaned the catbox, swept the floor, made tomorrow night’s dinner–and did the dishes from that!–, and started applesauce in the slowcooker and squash for my son in the oven. That done I fed my son again and spent some time with him and then read Scripture. And now it’s lunchtime and on to finishing the cloak hopefully today!

Small thing: check
Life Hack: check!
Mega-Project: doing soon as I publish this post!
List of life habits to change: actually started that when I started this challenge, and whenever I think of something I want to change or do, I add it to my list, so it might not be that long right now, but by the time my 21 days is up, it probably will be 😛

21-Day Self-Discipline Challenge: Day 1

I stumbled across someone’s blog just today where she mentioned this 21-Day Self Discipline Challenge (http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/11/01/self-discipline-challenge-day-1/), and it’s based on this book: http://crystalpaine.com/21-days-to-a-more-disciplined-life/ which I don’t have (but would love to!). Apparently this challenge started on the first of November. But hey, November has 30 days and if I start today on the 9th I will finish the challenge at the end of November. My, how nicely that works out!

So, without the book, I only have this blog to go on, but from what I understand, there are daily assignments

Assignment 1: Small things.
If I start everyday with making the bed, I feel like going back to bed isn’t an option and it makes the majority of one room in my house look clean and it makes me want to clean the rest of my house :P. I also want to start reading the daily readings from the Orthodox church (http://www.acrod.org/prayercorner/todaysreadings)–mainly because I want to start reading the Bible more consistently, partly because I don’t have to decide what to read or how much to read, and partly because it’s something that I’m not the only one doing/reading–I’m part of a Church all reading the same Scripture and there’s just something cool about that.

So: Small things assignment for everyday: Make bed and Daily Scripture reading.

Assignment 2: Life Hack
I think this one is all about changing a bad habit/implementing a good one…something like that. Yeah, that one’s a no brainer for me. Dishes. Both a bad habit I need to break AND a good one I need to implement. So, yeah. Big life change goal–doing the dishes every day. Eeegh. And to make it more I guess personal to me, I’m going to not get on the computer (other then to read the Daily Scripture readings) until the dishes are done. HA! (I’m gonna hate my life. yay.)

So: Life Hack major life change daily assignment: Dishes. All of them. Every. Single. Day.

Assignment 3: Long-Term Project.
I think this is supposed to be a project that takes all 21 days. My problem is that I have 3 projects I very much want to get done before November is over. The first is my husband’s cloak, the second is my sister’s birthday present, and the third is a Christmas present for my friend Joy. AH! But, I have decided to do them in that order. I’m supposed to break down a certain amount of stuff I want to get done on each one for the 21 days. So here goes:

today: Cloak: tack inside and outside together
10th:  Cloak: hem
11:   Cloak: edging
12:  RP: organize
13: RP: design
14: RP: Create
15: RP: Mail
16: JP: 3 sections
17: JP: 3 sections
18: JP: 3 sections
19: JP: 3 sections
20:JP: 3 sections
21: JP: 3 sections
22: JP: 3 sections
23: JP: 3 sections
24: JP: 3 sections
25: JP: 3 sections
26:JP: 3 sections
27:JP: 3 sections
28:JP: 3 sections
29:JP: 3 sections
30: JP: 3 sections

This is what the blog had to say for Today–day 1 of the 21 day self-discipline challenge:

Day 1: Discipline is a Choice.

Crystal’s words today are both encouraging and convicting.  The bottom line?  A lack of discipline is my own fault. The encouragement?  If it’s my fault, that means it’s also in my power to change.  So often we want to blame someone else, or something else for our own shortcomings.  Crystal says:

“I’ve sometimes found myself wistfully thinking that if my house or life or responsibilities were different, then I could achieve a disciplined life.”

It is so easy to get stuck in the waiting place (yes, that’s a Dr. Seuss reference), and think that if our circumstances or situation were different then we’d be different. But sometimes we need to change, and that internal change is what can change our perspective and situation.

“But ultimately, whether or not I live a disciplined life depends solely upon me and the choices I make on a daily basis. . .I could wallow in frustration over my shortcomings and failures. But instead, I want to let that frustration motivate me. I am the problem, but I am also the solution.”

I want to be the solution!

Assignments:

1.    Complete a small task that has been nagging you.
One of the examples Crystal gives in her book is sewing on a button. My poor husband has had a button missing from his pants for a while now, and every time he mentions it, we’re either gone from the house or it’s an inconvenient time, and then I forget about it.  Yesterday, when he got home from work, I asked him to get those pants for me (wasn’t sure where they were), and then I dug out the big bucket of buttons and my sewing kit.  Altogether, it took probably 5-10 minutes.  And we’re both glad it’s finished.

2.    Choose a mega-project; Break it down into 21 manageable pieces.
I think I’m going to cheat a bit here. There is this mega project, called finishing up my Masters Degree that I really *have* to complete by my comprehensive exams on the 17th . I didn’t want to count that because it’ll be finished early and it’s something I would have done anyway, but I am going to employ the technique of breaking it into daily chunks.

For my real mega project, I’m going to be going back to my Peaceful Home commitment, and will be working on downsizing (we still have too much stuff for our tiny house), and decluttering. And this will be perfect since we are hosting my husband’s family for Thanksgiving this year. 

3.    Complete Part 1 of mega project.
I broke this down, based on another challenge that Crystal did on her blog, 28 days of cleaning. So, each day I will focus on one area of my house, and find 7 items to get rid of. Today’s assignment was to tackle the kitchen cabinets.  I feel much better having the cabinets be neater and with less unnecessary items.  I actually ended up adding even more than 7 items to my downsizing pile.

My “little thing” that has been nagging me is my pile of dishes. Unfortunately it isn’t a 5 minute job. But it also isn’t a huge thing that I usually pretend it is. I’m going to go do that before I finish this blog… See you on the other side!

Today:
Small task: bed/Scripture: done 🙂
Life Hack:2: dishes: 50 min. All dishes done, counters and stove wiped off, floor swept. BOOYAH!
Mega Project 3: cloak: working on currently. 🙂