I’ve never been one for making New Year’s resolutions. I have held the belief that if I want to make a change, I shouldn’t have to wait for January 1 to start the process. While this has worked in the past, at this point in my life I feel like I have a very, very long laundry list of “Things to get done”. I thought about it a lot this week and chatted with my friend, Shannon, about things that we would like to cross off our lists this year.
I manage a lot of projects for work and I started to ponder why I don’t apply these same concepts to the laundry list of to do’s. And so evolved the concept of grouping my laundry list into “themes” to be managed in one to two month segments throughout 2010. These are the rules (using the term rules loosely here):
- I will manage these work packages like I would any work project.
- They will thus have phases: Design, Implement, Commission and Transition to Maintenance.
- I won’t restrict myself to a specific time-frame until after the design. That way, I can take into account the amount of work and our schedule. I anticipate that most “themes” should take 1-2 months.
At this same time that I was pondering committing myself to this, I was eagerly anticipating Sara’s naming of 2010. Each year, she begins the year by “naming” it. (I can’t seem to remember what last year was. Shame on me.) We started discussing this today and I suggested “The Year of Getting It Done”. Coincidentally, she was already leaning towards “The Year of Making It Happen”. And so it has been appropriately named!
So, the first theme in My Year of Making It Happen will be Paper.
At our house, we don’t do well with our current recycling system, we need to elimate receiving paper, plus we don’t have a good system for filing and thus have a backlog of stacks of paper around. Because of this, we lose important papers and have missed paying bills on time. We need to come up with a plan to eliminate non-essential mail, a better recycling system, a better way to tackle important things that do come in the mail, deal with the disorganized backlog. I will better define the problem and solution over the next week.
Like many people out there, I am hoping that writing this down and getting back on the blog wagon will help push me along. I have definitely noticed increased rss feed coming from many blogs that I track this week!
P.S. As I went to categorize this post, I found that I already have a “Making It Happen” tag. Looks like I’ve tried this before – better wish me luck!