Setting Goals… a #3in30 challenge

by Michelle Acker on September 2, 2011

in Learning the Art of Living

3in30 Challenge

Have you heard about the 3in30 group?  It’s a place to find “encouragement and accountability among online friends in regard to making goals reality.”  You can find out more here, or follow them on FB or on Twitter @3in30.

I did my first 3-in-30 challenge back in…*ahem* – January.  I loved it, but I never felt like I truly mastered those 3 goals.  So I kept at them the next month.  And the next month.  And the next month….. sigh.  But I also realize that I have made progress, even if it seems slower than I’d like.  As I get ready to set new goals, I’m trying to remind myself how far I’ve come….

I used to be perpetually plagued by these:

There used to be piles of clean laundry everywhere.  On the dryer.  On the pool table.  On the bed.  They would be shifted back and forth and back and forth, always in the way, and never put away.  They just slowly disappeared as we wore more clothes, and then reappeared with the next load of wash.  🙁

I realized the other day, that I have actually conquered that problem.  Go me! I hardly ever have piles of clean laundry anywhere now.  Woohoo!  And it was just a simple plan that helped me reach that goal:  Can’t start a load of laundry until the load in the dryer is put away.  PERIOD.  No exceptions.  It took awhile, but it worked. I just didn’t realize how far I’d come until I was running late the other day, and realized the dryer was just about done.  If I didn’t pull those clothes out, they’d be a wrinkled mess when I got home. And with the heat wave, we’re in energy conservation mode, and I didn’t want to have to run it again to get the wrinkles out.  So I pulled them out, made a neat pile, and took off for wherever I was headed. But that pile of clean laundry is still sitting around.  And as I moved it from the bed to the dresser last night, I remembered that I used to have to do that make myself do that…all the time!  I’m so thankful I’m finally making progress in at least one area.

So, on that positive note, I am going to Choose Wisely some new goals:

1: Finish figuring out a workable, consistent schedule to follow each day, and follow it. It’s mostly there already, but I need to keep tweaking it until it can truly become a routine.

2: Do ‘High 5’s’ chores in the morning and at night.  No exceptions.

3: Workout regularly. It’s on my schedule. No exceptions.

Do you set yourself new goals frequently?

Have you taken time to look at how far you’ve come?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa September 2, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Yay for those victories! Great job!

I like your goal list for September. I’m not exactly sure what High 5s are, but anything having to do with chores being done consistently is amazing to me! ; )

I’m looking forward to hearing about your journey with these goals this month!

Michelle September 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Thanks, Lisa! I got the idea of high fives from someone, (wish I could remember who!) who sent me a link to: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/the-morning-high-five.html. It’s 5 easy chores to do in the morning. My morning 5 are: quiet/devotion time, breakfast, start/reset laundry, empty the dishes, start or prep dinner. I’m trying to work in 5 at night too, but I’m still settling on what those 5 are going to be. 🙂

Thanks for coming by the blog!

Lori September 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Yippee! You are defeating the laundry gremlin!

As of the end of August I hit at least 12 workouts a month for a full year. Still doing battle with the kitchen and flat surfaces.

Michelle September 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Woo-hoo! 12 months of workouts is a FABULOUS accomplishment! Great job!!

Maybe the kitchen and flat surfaces are genetic….I sure fight with those too! 😉 One of my mentor teachers once blamed it on a disease she named “piles”. LOL. She said the symptom was, ‘No matter what you do, there always seem to be piles of stuff everywhere!’ I keep trying anyway! 😉

Jenni September 2, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Great goals! Laundry has always been one of my least favorite chores… 🙂

Michelle September 3, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Jenni,
Thank you! Laundry is actually one of my favorite chores. I know that’s odd, right? But I do enjoy it, right up until the point where I have to put the clothes away, and then I hate it. LOL. Only having to put away one load at a time definitely reduces my grumling about it. 🙂

Petra September 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Big but good goals. I’m new to the 3 in 30 but ready to start! All the best to you!

Lorie September 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I love the High 5 idea! Thanks for sharing that! 🙂
Laundry has always been an issue in our house! Maybe once we get all moved into our new house I can add that to one of my 3in30 goals! 🙂
Good luck!!!

Meg September 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Great goals! Good luck with them!
I look forward to following your progress throughout the month!

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