Instead of making "New Year's Resolutions" this year, I came up with a couple of lists of things that I wanted to accomplish. One list was of fairly large projects that I would have to find time for over several days/weeks. The other list was of habits I wanted to develop. I decided that I would tackle one thing from each list each month. My hope was that by doing bit by bit I could make permanent changes to my daily habits and not be overwhelmed by my large projects.
February's Big Project:
For the month of February I chose balancing the checkbook as my large project. Now for a more organized person, this would take 15 minutes. I used to be one of those people. Then I had three children. I hadn't balanced the checkbook since December of 2010.
I mostly accomplished this goal. I went through all our bank statements, adding transactions I had missed originally and correcting a couple that were entered in twice. I have not technically balanced the checkbook, as I am waiting for my next bank statement so I can actually have it all up to date. But, since I am now in the general ballpark of what my bank says I have, I'm calling it good enough for now.
The habit I chose to develop this month was to write regularly in journals I keep for each of the kids. Even when my oldest was a baby, I found it hard to keep his baby book updated, and I couldn't find the "right" spot for so many of the things I wanted to remember. So I bought a cute little notebook for each of them, and when they do or say something memorable I jot it down. In theory. In reality I can go for months at a time without writing anything for anyone. And thus was born February's habit.
I started out thinking I'd write in one book each night Monday through Wednesday and then which ever I felt like Thursday nights, since those are the nights I'm home alone in the evenings. After about a week and a half I saw that wasn't going to work. Some nights I just didn't have anything I special I wanted to document, and I didn't my journals to turn into reports of what we did each day. The rest of the month I took a few minutes to reflect at the end of the day and wrote in who's ever book I felt like. Some nights I wrote in all three, other nights I didn't write anything. But at the end of each week, each child had at least one memorable thing recorded in each of their books. I'm happy with that and I am planning to continue it in this way. I've found that I've been a lot more aware of the new things the kids are doing and that is an added bonus.
I bought a roll of dental floss. And I've been using it almost every night. As someone who does not enjoy flossing, I am quite proud of this accomplishment, so I had to add it.