Project 365 2014 – Day 91 – Something Purple

Day 1- April Photo A Day - Something Purple

Day 1- April Photo A Day – Something Purple

Another very slack photo. When I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo today, I basically just walked around the house until I found something purple. So it’s a photo of my post it note box, labelled with a purple post it note. Brilliant. I need this baby out of me!

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Project 365 2014 – Day 20 – To Do List

Day 20 - January Photo A Day - To Do List

Day 20 – January Photo A Day – To Do List

I’ve always been a bit scatterbrained even though I give the illusion of being organised. It’s gotten so much worse since getting pregnant though. If I didn’t have a to do list, I don’t know how I would get through the day.

To keep tabs on my life I have my phone with multiple list/reminder apps, a diary, post it notes, and a note book. I still manage to forget things though so I think I need to find a better system!

It was my first day back after a couple of weeks of leave and my desk was covered with so much work and so many different to do lists from various different people. It’s so much easier doing my own lists than trying to decipher what all the notes on my desk mean!

Project 365 2013 – Day 45

Lists

Lists

I’m a list maker. I love making lists and I love the feeling of crossing items out at the end of the day. It also an necessary evil because I’m one of the most forgetful people in the world, so lists help me to organise my day and my thoughts. In the spirit of being environmentally friendly and not churning through trees, I’ve tried using electronic lists with programs like Reminder and Clear and even using the lists in Google Calendar. These are useful because I can just carry them around on my phone. However, I’m a very tactile person. There’s nothing quite like being able to physically hold things in your own hands and then crossing them off with a pen. Post-it notes are my weapon of choice. I love the pretty colours and they are usually just the right size for making my lists.

I am also in the constant pursuit of happiness and improving my life. I’m not the most positive and optimistic person. As my friends will know my default position is pessimist, expecting the worst, and being validated when the worst does happen. I’m a cynic and a worrier, but I don’t want to be. I want to be happy and bright and optimistic and improve myself so that I can be a better person, wife, daughter, friend, and one day a mother. So today was writing down all the things I wanted to do to reach that goal, or at least make progress. Progress is just as important to me as an end goal, and since happiness so just so difficult to define, progress is good.

Some of the things on my list are:

  • Unplug and go outside
  • Establish an efficient morning routine (ie. I spend way too much time procrastinating in the morning)
  • Do things progressively (instead of all at once and getting overwhelmed)
  • Be thoughtful (don’t be quick to judge)
  • Be attentive and in the moment (instead of being caught up in the past/future)
  • Dirty clothes into the laundry basket and not on the floor
  • Things get put away after being used – Everything should be in its rightful place
  • Improve flexibility – physical and mental
  • Limit sleep in on the weekend to not stuff up sleep pattern too much
  • Get up earlier to do some exercise before work
  • Don’t waste away time being a sloth – be productive because time is precious

I have a lot more, but small steps at a time I think are needed for me.

Project 365 2013 – Day 30

Photobomb

Photobomb

I decided to turn the awesome tree my friend gave me into an inspiration/goal board. I was trying to take some photos of it for my photo of the day when someone (I’m looking at you annoying husband) decided to stand in front of it like an idiot and pretend he didn’t know what I was doing. Oh well, the joke’s on him because he’s now the subject of the photo of the day. But I’ll forgive him because I love those stripy socks!

Project 365 2012 – Day 279

Planning

The husband finally got a job offer! After over a year, over 600 applications, a few failed interviews, a bit of frustration and a lot of hard work he’ll finally be teaching full time next year. We were really happy about the news and I’m so proud of him. It’s been a tough year for both of us and I know he won’t start until the next school year, but it’s still good. It means we can start making plans again because for a while we just had to take things day by day, and I’m definitely a planner.

To celebrate I’ve got two weeks of annual leave booked at the end of November and we’re planning to go to New Zealand. It’s probably a bit irresponsible to go on a holidays when we’ll have to dip into our savings, when we should be saving to buy a house, when we should be planning for the future, but we’re only young once. We’ve been pretty responsible our whole lives and now it’s time to live a little.

I’m not a very organised person. I’ll be the first to admit that. However, the husband is really good at this stuff. I came home from work today and this was laid out on the floor, with drive times, possible routes we could take, what we wanted to see and what we could cut out. I’m really excited about it. Now I’ve just got to practice my landscape photography. I’m not sure if I’ll do New Zealand justice, but I’m going to try!