Every year I have a Big Spring Project. Big. Usually really, really big. Things like getting chickens and building a chicken coop, turning my front yard into a vegetable garden or building a cob oven.
This year for the first time in years I haven’t planned a Big Spring Project. Not yet anyway. What I do have is a long list of stuff that has to be done because I haven’t had time to do them for the past several years because of … my big spring projects.
My goal is to get all this stuff done before the first long weekend, which for Canada is on May 16th, 17th and 18th. Which is in less than a month. So let’s factor in the 12 hours a day I work, usually 6 days a week. Then add in the fact that I have to sleep and eat (usually things that don’t require chewing because that takes too much time), perform general hygiene and take care of things around the house that will die if I don’t feed them (chickens, cats, plants, dreams).
By my estimation that leaves me a total of exactly 2.74 hours to complete everything on my to-do list by May 16th.
In the past week I’ve finished 2 of the jobs. I painted my fence and pulled up the slate that’s in the coop run. I had slate in that area for years before the coop went there and I left it whent I built the coop because it made cleaning out the run really easy. The problem is the slate didn’t allow for much drainage when it rained, so when the straw on top of it got wet it stayed wet. Forever. Since taking the slate up, the straw dries in a day or so.
So considering my time constraints I’ll have around 20 minutes to complete each project. Uh huh.
Oh well. A girl’s gotta have goals.
That’s the thing about a list. If you write it down and mark it off, things doesn’t seem nearly as scary. I love a good list. I have so many things going on in my brain that a list makes things seem much more doable than them just floating around in my head.
So that’s your homework for today. Make a to-do list for this summer and a target date for when you want it all done.
You’re 90% more likely to get those jobs done if you do that. I made that percentage up but I think it’s probably very accurate. In fact I’m 90% sure it’s accurate.
I’d even like photographic evidence which I’ll be asking for in Friday’s post. You’ll get the chance to post a photo of your to-do list. See? That way you’re going to be accountable because you’re showing the whole world your to-do list. Which makes you 10% more likely to complete that list. If you add that to the 90% chance you have just by making a list, you’re up to having a 100% chance of completing the things you need to do by your target date.
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Get making that list!
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