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The New Me, Small Steps at a Time

For about two months, I've made huge strides in the cleaning and organization of my house by following the guidelines at Fly Lady. The site provides small household tasks to do each day, which are fairly easy to achieve.

So I've been thinking: Why don't I follow the same practices when it comes to other things that matter to me? Here are some of the things I'm going to try to do at least once a week:

  • Check my LJ F-List and comment on the entries that interest me (if you don't comment, people don't know you're reading!)

  • Post something to LJ that's not a LJ Idol post or article link (such as this current post).

  • Schedule some tweets, including retweets for all the loyal friends who have been retweeting my tweets.

  • Post something to my Belated Mommy blog.

  • Post something to my writer's blog at AlyceWilson.com.

  • Post something to my Goodreads author's blog.

  • Review submissions for Wild Violet.

  • Apply to at least one writing job and/or send at least one query or submission.

That about covers it as far as the new things. Those, I think, should be fairly easy to work into my existing schedule, which involves at least two articles a week for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, my evening transcription work, household tasks (organizing, cleaning, laundry, food shopping, cooking), exercise and, of course, caring for my sweet little KFP!

I think the key to all of this is going to be threefold: 1) Tackle only one of these new tasks at a time. 2) If a task doesn't have a discrete end (i.e. completing an article or submission), set a timer. 3) Keep daily goals small and achievable.

What about you? What are you trying to achieve that might benefit from making small efforts every day? (Hint, everything!)


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Aug. 23rd, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to update path:ethic about once a week. Also, writing 500 words a day, which is something I can easily do, and in terms of housework, I'm making an effort to do all the washing up, everyday, because if I leave even just a pot or something, it seems to make the dishes pile up so much faster.

Having achievable goals makes such a difference :) Flylady annoys me somewhat, but she has some good points, too.
Aug. 24th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
She can be a little overly enthusiastic. I tend to take the parts I can use and leave the rest. For example, doing a load of laundry a day isn't practical for me: my family's not big enough for that not to just result in a lot of wasted water. However, the idea of doing a little bit every day and not stressing about what you can't get to has really helped me.

Where can I find path:ethic?
Aug. 24th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Haha, yes, exactly! I mean, polishing my sink everyday? She also was very fond of bleach, if I recall correctly (though I've not visited her site for years, now). Taking what you need from her ideas is the way to go. The timer thing is particularly helpful.

It's my wordpress blog:


Aug. 24th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
I think she's eased off on the recommendations to bleach. More often, lately, I seem to be reading recommendations to use a mild soap. I don't know about polishing the sink every day, but I've actually found the recommendation to give a quick swipe to the bathroom sink and toilet every day to be invaluable. (Especially on the days my husband shaves!)

I'm bookmarking your blog but am trying to figure out a way to follow it via e-mail. I didn't see anything obvious on the home page. I follow milkandglass's nanny/personal blog that way, and I've found I'm more likely to keep up with blogs when I can subscribe to them.

There's probably a way to import the feed into LJ, but then it would just get lost in my F-List!
Aug. 24th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Heh, yes, if you can keep on top of the bathroom, it makes a huge difference.

I've put some widgets on just now so you can subscribe via email. Thanks for pointing that out :) I have trouble keeping up with people if they're not on my LJ feed or wordpress reader. I heard there's a way to get stuff into your LJ too, but... I'm too lazy to find out how to do it ;D
Aug. 24th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks! I'm your first official subscriber. :)
Aug. 24th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope to write something over the weekend to put up early next week.
Aug. 24th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I look forward to seeing it. I need to make better use of the the WordPress ability to write things ahead of time and schedule them when I want them to run.
Aug. 24th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
There is so much on Wordpress that I don't know about! I like the draft option and I use that a lot. I am still getting used to it.
Aug. 24th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
I started using WP for Wild Violet several years ago, after my web developer husband advised it. Since then, I've learned a lot, so if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask! If I can't answer it, chances are, my husband can.
Aug. 25th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that! Usually I can work it out, but sometimes I do get stumped :D
Aug. 25th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Well, if that happens, either private message me or e-mail me at my gmail address: shantipoet.
Aug. 24th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
I like these goals, especially the LJ-related ones. Lately, I've been struggling with LJ a little bit, and I want to get to a place where using my journal is something that actually happens. I also want to take your three keys to making the new things happen.

My writing goals could certainly benefit from me making small efforts every day. Also, a little bit of cleaning/organizing every day. I'm hesitant to say anything definite while in the midst of this move, but soon my life will settle down and I'll figure things out.
Aug. 25th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
These sound like excellent goals!

Good luck! I missed seeing you at Otakon!
Aug. 26th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
I love FlyLady! :)

I cannot wait until I'm actually running my own house (probably with someone to care for living in it with me) and then all the good ideas I see from her and get from other sources can be put into action!

Right now we are sort of falling apart without a decent calendar so I do aim to get her calendar asap (I've had it before but I didn't get one for this year). The people I'm staying with currently are also SHEs/Flybabies, at least the wife is, so we have that in common. We are currently working on cleaning up after every meal - ideally both the kitchen and the dining room, but if it's just the dining room that's at least a good start. We're also working on going for a walk most days (this is easy with the kids because going for a walk is oftentimes the only thing that stops them killing each other, but still...)

I'm also working on emails. I was drowning in emails, and I knew I'd never catch up -- jump in where we are, right? ;-) -- so I gave myself a fresh start. I got a new folder, labelled it "EMAIL AMNESTY" and just moved all the emails out of my inbox to there. This is like the trashcan, only better. For all intents and purposes those emails are GONE and I don't have to worry about them any more. BUT, if I am searching for a specific email and one from there comes up, then I take it out of the Email Amnesty folder and file it appropriately. But otherwise, that is where emails go to die :-) 98%+ of them I never see again.
So, after my fresh start, I am also being more diligent about playing The Email Game https://emailgame.baydin.com/learn.html - only works with google) and aiming to get to inbox zero every time I'm on the computer (5 days out of 7?). I put the email game on the lowest settings, 10 messages at a time. So I can do a few sessions in between my other online stuff. I tend to be averaging 25 emails per day.

Also aiming to check both LJ and twitter more frequently. Think that's it for now :)
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