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    Dirty Dozen Week-long Pyramid Challenge

    I keep looking around and seeing all these LITTLE things that need to be done, and that I keep putting off, because they are almost too insignificant to stop what I'm doing and take time and energy to accomplish them.

    So, to motivate myself, I have set the following challenge. Anyone else who wants to jump in, you have one week to prepare. The challenge starts next Saturday.

    First, come up with a list of twelve REALLY teeny things that need to be done, but aren't getting done. For me, this would be things like refill a salt shaker, dust off the t.v. screen, etc.

    Next come up with a list of 10 things that are minor, but that you want to do, maybe re-pot a plant, wash the cat's dish, etc.; then 8 things that maybe require just a teeny bit more time/effort; then 6 things; 4 things; 2 things; 1 thing; each time making them chores that might require just a little more of your attention, but nothing huge.

    By the time you get to 1 thing, it might be to clean out the car or get your laundry folded, etc. Nothing that will be overwhelming. Our goal here is to get things done, not set ourselves up for failure.

    On Saturday, August 22, you will try to accomplish those first 12 really teeny things.

    On Sunday, August 23, you will try to accomplish those 10 things.

    On Monday, August 24, you will try to accomplish those 8 things.

    Etc and so on.


    The breakdown is:
    • 8/22 - 12 things
    • 8/23 - 10 things
    • 8/24 - 8 things
    • 8/25 - 6 things
    • 8/26 - 4 things
    • 8/27 - 2 things
    • 8/28 - 1 thing
    Keep your week in mind as you design your list. For example, because I work outside my home M-F, I will have to come up with things I really think I can get done in the few hours between work and sleeping.

    If you accomplish your 12 tasks on Saturday and want to tackle some of the rest of your tasks, go for it. If you get your list written, and you are itching to get some of it done before next Saturday, try to come up with another equivalent task to replace the one you completed, so we all start the week off with the same number of tasks to complete.

    Feel free to post your lists here, as that will probably motivate me to realize that I have some of the same things that need doing, as well!!
    Last edited by madhen; 08-15-2009 at 02:57 PM.

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    i love it!
    i'm in, off to work on my list

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    This is the greatest idea - I guess I'm not the only one who ignores the little things. I need to fill in all the soap bottles and there are many other littles things.
    I'm going to write my list now.

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    1) put grocery tote away
    2) refill dishsoap bottle
    3) refill laundry soap bottle
    4) put away cookbooks
    5) put away apron
    6) put away black salve
    7) find home for sleep mask
    8) put away 2 bottles of herbs sitting out
    9) put a box of feminine supplies of bathroom shelf
    10) put a my outfit away in the bedroom
    11) put away nebulizer
    12) refill animals dishes with water & food

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    I like the "find a home" item. That could be a challenge in and of itself in my house! I probably have about a hundred things that have no permanent home, but just live a life of vagrancy within my walls!

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    Great Idea madhen!!

    Two goals for today - make my list for this fascinating idea and do paperwork!!

    I'll be back. Mahalo!!

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    But my 'find a home item' would have to be for my kitchen and that is the way that I REMIND myself that I have to use something up/bake it/make it, etc. In the summer one counter gets covered with PRODUCE.......will have to think about this one.

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    This is a really good idea! There are always lots of little things that need to be done around the house. I'm going to work on my list as well. Thanks!

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    I finished my list in my blog last night, but I'm leaving it as a draft until next Saturday, just in case I complete any of the listed tasks and have to replace them.

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    Great idea madhen! I am in....there is a ton of things around here that never get done...maybe now they will!

    8-22

    1. take yarn bag to storage shed
    2. dust dresser in bedroom
    3. collect garbage from DS's room
    4. wipe down laundry area
    5. stack books in bedroom nicely!
    6. wash dog/cat water dish
    7. clean window sills in diningroom
    8. polish end table in livingroom
    9. wipe off ottoman coffee table in livingroom
    10. straighten shoe area by front door
    11. dust tops of pictures in hallway
    12. try to remove small stain from couch

    On the night of the 22nd, I will post the next day's list, ect. Thanks madhen!




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    Oh, I read this post at exactly the right time, I am sitting here, on my planning day, with a pen and legal pad at the ready. Count me in, I'm posting a list as soon as I make a walk-around!!!

    Great idea, THANKS!!!!!

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    You know someone is serious when they whip out a legal pad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    You know someone is serious when they whip out a legal pad!
    If you knew how much of my life's accomplishments have been conceived on a yellow legal pad, you'd be shocked!!!
    They are my constant companion!!

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    Have to tell you how this idea helped me go to sleep last night - so many things were going through my mind - things I had to do on every front - could not get to sleep.

    So I thought of this great idea and said to myself "Self, tomorrow, you are going to make a list of all these things that need to be addressed - making the list with no judgements or opinions - you will be just a list maker."

    Bang - I was asleep. And that is just what I am going to do - as soon as I catch up here on FV!! Mahalo!!

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    What a GREAT idea and you came up with this in your SPARE time. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!

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