If you’ve been reading for the last month, you know that I’m working on a Happiness Project along the lines of Gretchen Rubin’s book. I started out by writing my own commandments. Then I came up with the categories of life that I want to improve. For the last two weeks, I’ve been coming up with the specific tasks that I want to accomplish within each of those categories. Maybe it’s the geeky list maker in me coming out, but I’ve enjoyed this whole process, especially this step. I love me a good to do list!
Here is what I’d like to accomplish in the coming months:
- Do 10 days of the Master Cleanse (which I’ve done once before, so nobody freak out).
- Empty cupboards of anything packaged or processed.
- Reinstate a regular Bikram practice – three days a week.
- Clean out and wash my car.
- Go through (and likely toss) the contents of the last two boxes in my house that I failed to unpack.
- Clean out my closet, including clothes, purses and shoes.
- Clean out my t-shirt drawers, and donate extras to Open Arms.
- Read through and recycle my magazine pile.
- Maintain a practice of eating whole foods, allowing “junk” once a week.
- Up my yoga practice to five days a week.
- Swim, bike/spin or run five days a week, including one road ride each week.
- Go to bed – lights out and TV off – by 10:30 on most nights.
- Develop a mantra repeat to myself each morning while I’m getting ready for the day ahead.
- Analyze how my “Taline dollars” are being spent. Am I making time for myself?
- Rediscover a morning routine of Bible study.
- Start working through Simple Abundance. (Thank you, Teri!)
- Re-listen to recordings from Janet Conner’s Writing Down Your Soul workshop.
- Re-read Blue Like Jazz and The Irresistable Revolution.
- Join a small group study somewhere, preferably one that’s all women.
- Write for one hour five nights a week.
- Develop a set of goals for my writing for the rest of the year.
- Make a list of monthly expenses and trim them where appropriate.
- Get a library card. (Yes, book buying is a financial issue in my household. Bread and Butter really need to get this under control.)
- Meet with Robert about better managing my rewards accounts.
- Develop a travel budget for 2012.
- Meet with Amit to discuss my progress towards retirement savings.
- Assess quantity and quality of donation dollars.
- Make one well-thought-out and highly indulgent purchase.
- Speak positively to others and myself.
- Look for ways to compliment myself, no matter what the circumstances.
- Practice trusting my instincts (except when my instincts are to complain).
- Send notes to family and friends.
- Start writing my own 14000 Things To Be Happy About.
- Re-listen to recordings from Janet Conner’s Plug In workshop.
- Assess quantity and quality of my involvement in groups, clubs and organizations.
- Plan trips to see three different friends who live out of town.
- Plan two trips to see aunts, uncles and cousins – a domestic trip and a foreign trip.
- Schedule some sister nights.
- Update my list of important dates, including birthdays and anniversaries.
- Look back at the goals I set for 2011 to see how I did.
- Set goals for 2012, including goals for finances, writing, travel, and races.
- Develop a race calendar for 2012.
- Develop a list of writing contests to enter in 2012.
- Celebrate my birthday and completing this project by purchasing a new computer.
I love this list. Now I’ve got a few days left to figure out how to chart my progress. Then, come June 1, my Happiness Project will be underway!