I kicked off 2020 with a very ambitious yet manageable plan for making my house more livable. And it worked! For the first few months I followed my spreadsheet and did a lot of bite-sized projects and a few big ones.
After I started working from home in March, I got away from the weekly cadence, but I still managed to eke out projects here and there. All told, I completed 25 of my planned projects and skipped 27. I also ended up doing certain things I wouldn't have thought of at the first of the year, like making my patio and deck more inviting. Priorities change, so rolling with new ones just makes sense.
Last year was rough, and just getting my work done for my job and feeding us every day used up a lot of my mental energy. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's the importance of resting when you need it. I feel pretty triumphant about accomplishing everything I did get done.
So, back on the horse, right?
In anticipation of another year of spending most of my time at home, I made another spreadsheet for 2021 so I can pick up where I left off. Actually, I'm basically just starting over, with a few tweaks.
A lot of last year's progress will serve to make this year's tasks easier, and there's still no hurry to get to the tasks I missed the first time around. A few items were going to need to be done every year anyway (pantry rearrangement, anyone?) and I added some new ones to reflect changes in the way we're living in the house.
What I learned was that small goals and incremental changes really work for me. Let's see if I can beat my record from this year and make my living space that much nicer.