Hey there, month of May. I sort of kicked your butt, didn’t I? I’d apologize about that, but I think you had as much fun as I did with the whole thing. May was the first month of my whole Big List experiment, and it went really, really well. I got so many things done…many of which I have put off for an incredibly long time.
Of all the things I put on the list for May, there’s only one overall goal that I missed. I’m not going to feel too bad about it, though, because I took on so many extra work projects this month. (Oh, now that I think about it, there’s one other thing that’s not totally done, but it’s in someone else’s hands at the moment.) Not only was I able to earn enough extra to pay for plane tickets for all of us to fly Nevada for a little family trip next month, but I should also have enough to take care of some of the items I’m putting on my Big List for June!
But, I’m not going to get into the June list just yet. I think it makes more sense to go ahead and use this opportunity to wrap up May. There’s a whole lot that got done this month. It was an interesting process because I was so gung-ho early on that I got lots of stuff done way before the deadlines I’d set for myself. Other things were ongoing throughout the month, and I ended up making some tracking charts to see how well I did on them. (Pretty well, actually.)
One thing that was pretty frustrating was when I had to wait on other people to take care of things. I had items that needed to be ordered from a printer, for example, and that meant that I had to wait for the design to be done and then for it to be sent to the printer and then for them to come back before I could pick them up and mark that off my list. I found myself perhaps being a bit pesky at times, but I think it was warranted in order to get things taken care of the way they needed to be.
I’m going to go ahead and paste the list below and add some notes about various things. I feel like I should mention that I didn’t include regular daily stuff, and there were plenty of things that came up along the way that I ended up doing, as well. This is the list I started with, though, and where I ended up.
1. Mail box to R. by Friday, May 4 – I did most of these things and then had R. tell me not to bother mailing the stuff back. It triggered my second epiphany of the month, which I wrote about here: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/71177.html
a. Look up address
b. Add anything else to the box
c. Seal and address box
d. Take to post office
2. Order Skoy cloths by May 4
a. $6.99/4 through Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00275BB6S/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1335826303&sr=8-2&condition=new
3. Sort through baby socks by May 5 – Instead of sorting, I ended up actually tossing out all the old socks that don’t fit, didn’t have matches, etc. I bought 20 pairs of new baby socks and came up with a system for not losing any more of them: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/71732.html
4. Have Rob print out quarterly tax payment stubs by May 15 – This was where my first epiphany happened. When Rob went to print out the stubs for me, we discovered that after several years of feeling guilty for not paying them, I don’t actually need to!
a. Email Rob
b. Follow up
c. Start saving for next quarterly payment
5. Get estimate for car repairs by May 31 – I didn’t really follow up here on how this all shook out. The second mechanic found problems other than those that I took it in for. (Yes, they were legitimate problems!), so the cost for fixing it went up a fair amount. We’re pretty strongly considering trading in the car to get something that will hold three car seats for when the new baby arrives in August.
a. Contact Matt for recommendations
b. Get numbers of mechanics
i. Perfection Tire: 509-747-1164 (emailed 4/30) – 10 a.m.
ii. Expert Alignment and Brake: (509) 328-7593 – Drop off Fri between 8 and 9 a.m.
c. Make appointments
d. Keep appointments
e. Get estimates
6. Order extra litter trays by May 15
a. Research for best deals
b. Six pack through Amazon for $70.12 if subscribing to a regular shipping interval
c. Set up process - http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00275BB6S/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1335826303&sr=8-2&condition=new
7. Get estimate for carpet cleaning by May 30 – Holy cow, it will cost as much for me to get my carpets cleaned as to fix my car! That’s crazy. I did learn that a friend’s husband works for one of the companies and is able to do his own estimates, which I should expect to be lower. Still…holy cow! I really need it done, but I haven’t got myself convinced to spend the money just yet.
a. Measure out floors? Down = 4 rooms, 1 hall/Up=3 rooms, 1 hall/14 stairs and small landing
b. Research companies that don’t use a lot of chemicals
c. Get numbers
i. Zerorez - 509-590-0022 - $434 (special 44/room, 30/hall, 4/stair, 10 for landing)
ii. Shurkleen – Emailed through site – About $450
iii. Chem-Dry – They didn’t follow up
8. d. Call for estimates
9. I use this as the profile pic for Queen Bee.
Create new invoices by May 25 – I did the stuff on this list and then decided to take a whole different approach…So, I still get some credit, right? I talked about how being stubborn about doing things MY WAY doesn’t always make things easy on me: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/72356.html
a. Get graphic elements b. Design c. Print out invoices when sent, mark paid when paid (Yes, this is old school, but I have tried the electronic version, and it doesn’t work as well for me.)
Ok, whole new approach:
1. Get queenbeewriting.com set up
2. Have Rob configure invoicing software
3. Send Rob logo to use
4. Update with invoices from 2012 – This is the only aspect of this goal that I haven’t met. Rob is totally onboard to teach me how to use the invoicing system so that I can cut a few hours off my learning curve. I just haven’t had the time this month with all the extra work projects I’ve been doing. I’m hoping we’ll get an hour or two after the girls go to sleep in the next couple of weeks.
10. Reconfigure financial spreadsheet by May 25 – I did all of this but then discovered I didn’t need to. Now, all I really need is a list of expenses, broken down a bit by category, which the spreadsheet has!
a. Review what is working and what isn’t on what I have
b. Figure out how to make an Excel spreadsheet that includes what I need
c. Transfer all 2012 data to the new spreadsheet
11. Launch web site by May 30 – Check it out: http://queenbeewriting.com
a. Talk to RM
b. Make sure the programmers are done
c. Have it migrated to the host
d. Create some initial blog posts
12. Get brochures and note cards by May 30 – Got the brochures, still waiting on the note cards but they should be here pretty soon.
a. Talk to RM
b. Make sure they’ve gone to the printer
13. The timeline cover for Bitty Blurts' FB page.
Choose and pay for advertising by May 25 – This was interesting. After waiting for months to choose and pay for a “sponsored post” on a busy mom blog, I finally took the plunge. Guess what? I got hardly any traffic to the site from the post. Yeah, that was a bummer.
a. Go back through offers in email inbox
c. Contact site owner(s)
e. Update FB page
i. How to make a timeline cover
ii. Make one
This Month’s Learning Focus
14. Learn all I can about Hepatitis C to help family member – Again, because of the time factor with all the work stuff, I didn’t do a great job about reading three times a week. I did however, learn quite a bit and am still reading one of the books I checked out from the library. I also talked to the family members dealing with the problem so that I understand better where they are with treatment options, etc.
a. See what the library has to offer
b. Do online research
c. Purchase books if desired through Kindle
d. Read (3x per week)
This Month’s Motivation Focus
15. Hypnosis at least three times a week – I knocked this one out of the park and did hypnosis far more than three times a week. I talked about it in this post: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/73180.html
a. Use the ones I already have
b. Choose at least one new one to download
c. Meet with Mary for a session
i. Find phone number – 999-XXXX
ii. Call Mary – Left Message
iii. Set up time
iv. Find babysitter
v. Keep appointment
This Month’s Family Focus
This is the time-out glitter bottle we made to go along with our new system.
16. Implementing new behavioral modification system with pre-schooler – This was such a huge deal, and it has taken a lot of time and focus this month. And you know what? It’s really been worth it! I’ve posted about it several times, so if you want to know what we’ve been doing and why, here you go. (In the “why” category, you can read about how desperate I was becoming here: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/71494.html) (As for “how,” these posts follow up on that: http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/71972.html, http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/72649.html, http://o-my-goodness.livejournal.com/72711.html)
a. Finish laying out the plan
b. Share it with Dot
c. Try not to lose my mind
Creating More Time
17. Clean house at night instead of during the day (3x per week) – I didn’t do a great job of keeping up on this. The idea was to clean house in the evenings so that I would have more time available during the day. I did learn some cool things from this, and I will continue trying to implement it in June.
This Month’s Home Focus
All of these have sprouted, but so many more!
a. Start seeds in old egg cartons - We have so many things in cardboard egg cartons sprouting in our kitchen alcove. I also figured out how to do the vertical gardening and have started collecting the things I will need to make it happen in the upcoming month. Also, our next-door neighbor gave us the use of their neglected raised bed, so we have a salad and salsa garden planted at their house that we can access whenever we need to water or harvest! (I have really awesome neighbors, by the way.)
b. Decide how to do the vertical space
i. Review ideas I’ve stored on Pinterest
ii. Compare feasibility of different ideas