First things first — How is it July already? Honestly, I am flabbergasted that my calendar doesn’t say April. Time is definitely playing a trick on me this year.
Even though I am in denial about it being July, another three months have passed and my second set of 2010 resolutions have come to a close. Today begins my third set of resolutions for the year.
My second quarter resolutions to plant and tend to an herb and vegetable garden, take a knife skills class, and go rock climbing were all achieved. However, completing all 67 tasks on the “Spring Cleaning for the Overachiever” list from Unclutter Your Life in One Week are not finished — I have 13 more projects left to do. And, I’ve got three more rooms to sort through for my minimizing project.
I was obviously much more interested in learning how to climb up the side of a mountain than I was to take on my kitchen cabinets. Which, if you knew me in the world beyond your computer screen, would actually surprise you. I’m quite terrified of heights and am still shocked that I went through with the rock climbing lessons. (Even more so since I spent most of April and part of May in a wheelchair and on crutches.) My only explanation is that I was greatly motivated by Christopher McDougall’s book Born To Run and his amazing stories about the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico.
Okay, that is enough about the old, let’s talk about the new.
My resolutions for the third quarter of 2010:
- Identify all of my unfinished projects.
- Finish ALL of my unfinished projects.
- Take on no new projects until all old projects are finished. (This one might be impossible, but I’m going to give it my best.)
These resolutions do not apply to on-going projects (such as my life), but tangible projects I’ve started and never finished. There are dozens upon dozens of these in my home right now — I need to sew a band around the edge of the quilt I made for my son, finish my second quarter uncluttering and spring cleaning tasks, my next book proposal is written but not edited, I recently discovered a box of photographs that were never digitally scanned, and many more projects similar to this stand in limbo.
I have so many unfinished projects right now that I sincerely don’t know if three months is enough time to accomplish all of them. What is worse is that I have so many unfinished things that I’m going to have to walk through my house and make a list to get an idea of all I have to do. Now is when all the energy I worked on obtaining during the first quarter of 2010 is going to be put to use. Wish me luck!
How are you doing with your 2010 resolutions? Even if you don’t keep resolutions, could you spend the next three months finishing all of the unfinished projects in your life? If so, join me on my adventure. My goal is to head into the fourth quarter of 2010 with more energy and less stress.