Insane Goals and Pinterest Procrastination

by Michelle Acker on February 1, 2012

in Learning the Art of Living

Procrastinate less.

DO more.


That’s one of the phrases I’ve been using to remind myself to get more done and waste less time.  My goal is to accomplish as much as I can while I have time to work, so I will have more time to chill out, relax and enjoy my family.  

However, after a month of remembering and forgetting and remembering and forgetting it… I decided I need a visual reminder to look at every day.  What I had in mind:  a cute Pinterest-style DIY dry erase board.  Have you seen one?  It’s just a picture frame with a pretty graphic inside and blank space below to write the things… lists, menu of the day, whatever.

Well, in reality, I took a small dry erase board I already owned, and did this:

Um.  Yeah.  So, NOT exactly what I had pictured in my mind. 

Ultimately, it came down to a choice.  I could have the every day visual reminder {and start today} to keep myself motivated and not vegging on the couch, ~OR~ I could wait until I had time to let my perfectionist self make the uber-cute Pinterest worthy version.  Which would be around the 12th of never.  (I know myself.  Either that, or I would spend a whole day doing the cute version, leaving behind a trail of destruction & undone chores. )   Used to be, I’d choose the fun/cute version.  I’m kind of proud to say I’ve let go of perfection enough to:  a) let this be good enough for now and b)  be willing to show you how crummy it looks, (but oh, it works so well! )  I can always make a cuter version at a later date when I have some extra time.

Now, each morning, I start with the blank slate:

I think I might enjoy adding stuff to this list even more than I enjoy crossing things off a to-do list!

I wanted to start this ‘Procrastinate less, DO more’ list for Simply Rebekkah’s challenge to make an insane goals list for the month.  One of my insane goals is to get the chore situation sorted out between me and the boys, and get into a better routine with it.  We started by making an insane list of all the stuff that needs done in each room. Then we each picked our choices:

Now, we just need to figure out and tweak the routine part until that works better too.   I have a much cuter Pinterest inspired version of this too…. but this will do for now.  🙂

My 2nd insane goal for February is to finish the quilt my mom and I are making for my oldest’s birthday.  It’s a memory quilt with all his favorite shirts from the last 10 years.  We’ve started it…but haven’t sewn any of it yet.  Did I mention that his birthday is only 5 weeks out?  Yeah. Told you it was an insane goal.

Finally, I’m combining the insane goals with the Stop Pinterest Procrastination project over at Overcoming Busy.  My ‘insane’ goal is to do at least one pinterest project a week, and I figured I might as well link it up over at Overcoming Busy.  I have about a dozen projects that I’ve done, but didn’t stop and take pictures along the way, so I had to do another one and get some pics of before and after.  I was inspired by a pin of cupcake wrappers from a post at Life Is Crazy Beautiful.Com:

My version:

I LOVED how easy this one was, and how good it looks after! I don’t even mind having them out on display.  By the way, I have no idea how or why I am in possession of so many cupcake wrappers when I hardly ever bake… Do they multiply in the pantry??  That’s a lot of wrappers!!  If you’d like to see some other stop pinterest procrastination projects, check out the linkup here (I procrastinated too long and the linky is closed.  How’s that for funny? Ha!)

For more about Rebekkah’s Insane Goals List, click here.








How about you?

Have you done any Pinterest projects lately

or made any insane goals lists?

I’d love to hear about them!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Thanks for the link, Michelle…I’m so glad when we can help cyber-friends out! Isn’t it great to be practical and protect/store the wrappers and still be able to enjoy their bright-colored cuteness? Gotta go, but I’m gonna “Read It Later” this post and maybe check out the linkup later! Blessings!!

Michelle February 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

You’re welcome for the link! I’m so glad to have found such a cute and practical way to store those wrappers, so thanks for blogging about it. 🙂 Blessings!

Rebekah from Simply Rebekah February 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

AHHH!! This is awesome! I love the line “around the 12th of never!” I have SO MANY projects that will be getting done sometime around that same date.

Congrats on going after your goals! love it!

Michelle February 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Thanks, Rebekah! And thanks for inspiring me to get so much more done! I’m loving it.

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