Happy last Monday of the decade! With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Wednesdays this year, the holiday weeks seem very long and less well-defined. It’s interesting how the way Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day fall on the calendar can make such a difference in how we perceive the holidays. I mentioned to David that since Thanksgiving was so late, it seems too soon to take down our Christmas tree. It feels like it’s barely been up. We often have it down by New Year’s Day, but this year I think we’ll keep it up until at least next weekend (unless I hit that moment where it HAS to come down because seeing it is making me melancholy).
We have almost nothing on our schedule this week and so I have only two big plans. First, get a lot of work done. Two, clear out a lot so I don’t have to take it into the new decade. I’ve already started on both, but here are my three goals for the week.
Goal 1 – Continue (and hopefully finish) cleaning out all the files in my office. I started on this yesterday and I was ruthless. My plan today (if we don’t lose our power from the snowstorm and wind) is to finish going through a pile of file folders on my desk and either throw each thing away or make a plan for how to use it on my website.
Goal 2 – Finalize my goal list for 2020. I don’t make resolutions because they don’t work. I make detailed lists of goals (personal and work) I can cross off because I need to see things crossed off to remain motivated. This works for me because when I’m tired, unmotivated, or uninspired, I can usually find something on the list that I want to get done and do it. So it helps me focus and do worthwhile tasks related to the big picture of my life goals and dreams rather than just turning on a video or something less worthwhile.
Goal 3 – Clean out the linen closet. It isn’t messy but actually quite organized. The thing I need to tackle is older sheets, blankets, mattress pads, etc. that we don’t use and will probably never use. In the past, we often had overnight visitors, but that almost never happens now. We sadly do not have a guest room which makes it very difficult to host people. I had mentioned in the forum about wanting to learn to make a braided rag rug out of sheets. I have a collection of older sheets in dark greens, whites, green and white check, green and white floral, pinks, and such that would harmonize really well. So I’m going to drag it all out and see what I should do with them. I have no plans of starting the rug. I simply want to decide what to do with all the extra bedding that just sits there.
So those are my ambitious goals. I truly love weeks like this that are wide open – no meetings, no plans, no homeschooling, etc.
What do you have planned this week – big or little? I hope you’ll share your three goals with us in the comments and then come back and let us know how it went in the Friday Follow-up post. If you need inspiration, check out the inspiration in The Simple Life Library as well as A Quiet Simple Life Planner & Guidebook.
Have a great day and week – however you are using it!