This morning, I found out I LOVE making lists. No. I’m not an organized person. The exact opposite.
What I found around my house were seven books. In order, from the top.
1. The Planner — That one is expected. It’s a Franklin Covey. I was thrilled to find it at the local Goodwill. It looks just like one I bought when my Grand Aunt Sally sent me money for a Christmas gift ten years ago. I actually have thoughts and activities to organize now. So, it’s of better use.
2. The Goals Book — This has lists of goals I want to pursue, daily and weekly routines, things I want to save up for, projects to finish, and marketing plans for my blogs and online projects. There is even a little list of ideas for Boxing Day.
3. The Wise Ones Research — Yes, that is Hera’s peacock. 😉 It was fitting for the notes I was taking when I decided I wanted to write a series of stories about (surprise, surprise) the Greek gods. There is everything from genealogy of the gods to more modern bits of history I want to look into and relate to the story.
4. The Spiritual Book — There are a few prayers, notes, and quotes. This will be used mostly for a course I just signed up for and any other spiritual nuggets that I decide to save.
5. Inspirations — You see those lists on ideas to make things better? 20 things to make you feel more romantic, feminine, confident, etc.? Some times I will find lists I really like and want to save. They go into this little red book.
6. The scholarly book– There was a time when this was used as a journal of sorts. It served its purpose, the pages I no longer needed were torn out and put away, in case I wanted to look at them some day. The many pages left have lists of books I want to read. Classic Literature, Joseph Campbell’s Book List, and any other thoughts for education pursuits (intellectual and physical) that I decide to add.
7. How to Do Everything and Be Happy — Yes, Peter Jones, might get a smile out of this one. The smallest and most medieval looking book (which someone did handmake and my husband got at a Heroes of the Silent Angels auction), has lists from the book by the above name.
They are all lovely books and, apparently, I have spent some time giving myself good advice. With one snag! I write them, then forget about them. If someone gives you a magic wand and you just sit and look at it, it’s not going to be of any use. So goes great advice. Especially when you are the one who wrote it.
For the next 100 days (well, I like to ready myself, so 100 and some days) starting on 4 October, I am using these books as I follow at least 10 of the ideas in 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life . Yes, this list ended up in my little red Inspiration book, then I started planning for this project. Which is how I found out about all the great advice I keep giving myself and ignoring.
But, this is different. Now, that I have told all of you, I am letting you keep me accountable. I also want to help you with your own goals. Let me know, in the comments below, if you want to take this challenge with me. We’ll keep track of the ups and downs. There will be good and bad days. But, we’ll make each one fun. Even if we just tell each other a joke. (i.e., “Two fish in a tank. One turns to the other and says, “How do you drive this thing?” . Thank you, Peter).