I already did an update on my major quarterly goals for 2015. I hit most of them. The ones I didn’t hit I’ve mostly decided not to care about except for the new non-fiction book idea. This one is going to haunt me. And it will become my top goal for Q1 of 2016.
Anyway, following the suggestion of Katherine, who was following the suggestion of Modern Mrs. Darcy, I’m going to write about what worked for me in 2015. These are not the big goals. These are more of the every day things.
Time tracking. I began tracking my time continuously in April. As of December, I’m still going. I plan to continue until at least April just to have a whole year (8784 hours – it’s a leap year) of data. It’s fascinating in a very naval-gazing sort of way. That will be a fun series of data analysis posts (well, for me at any rate) next spring.
Keeping a journal. After three years of writing very, very sporadically, I have kept up the habit this year with only a few missed days. Between that and the time log, 2015 will be well-recorded.
Family photos. We’ve taken 3 sets of photos in 12 months. It’s a pain to sit for them, but I’m so happy to have them, and I’ll be even more happy in years hence.
Nordstrom Trunk Club. I’ll call it Stitch Fix’s more elegant (and yes, expensive) sister. I’ll likely spring for another trunk next summer. I’ve worn almost everything, and the two dresses I haven’t worn I definitely will. In general, Nordstrom has been a nice part of my year. My frugal soul hates to admit it, but I was not a bad addition to Nordstrom’s year, either.
The piano teacher who comes to us. My two oldest boys started piano lessons this fall. There’s a local music school that sends the teacher to you to do lessons in your house. This is brilliant, because if I had to haul the kids somewhere, it wouldn’t happen. They’re making great progress. My 8-year-old has started composing. One piece was about Jesus and another was about Avatar, the Last Airbender.
My speaking business. I’ve always given speeches, but this fall, after the launch of I Know How She Does It, I feel it’s really taken off and will become a bigger chunk of my business next year. I think I’ve gotten decent at it too. You can watch my Chicago Ideas Week video here.
The Cooking Light banana bread recipe. This was one of their all-star recipes from a few years ago. My 4-year-old daughter now notes whenever we have 3 brown bananas. That’s the signal it’s time for banana bread! We make it together. We make it about once a week now. It’s really awesome. This leads me to the next item…
Low-carb eating. This sort of worked and sort of didn’t. I went from 136 to 121 lbs in 3 months on a low carb diet. Then I realized that I really, really, like ice cream and cookies and beer. So now I’m a bit higher. For the most part I’m OK with that, though I go back and forth.
The literary advent calendar. I’ve enjoyed reading the stories with the kids, and I think they’ve enjoyed it too. I’d like to come up with some other nudge that gets me and them reading more.
My 8-year-old’s book club. It’s been a little harder to set up playdates for him, partly because he’s in school all day, and then swimming, and then weekends feature a lot of other stuff. But the 5 kids who get together every 2 months or so to discuss a book have done well together. Maybe they’ll inspire me to start my own book club!
Runs with new running partners. I have two new folks I run with this year, and it’s been great! They’re both faster, which is pushing me. I need to be pushed, as left to my own devices I would just loiter. Jane and I did 6 9:36 miles about two weeks ago. That’s the pace I’d like to run more regularly.
My new bathrooms and kitchen lights. I’d hated the first floor bathrooms and kitchen lights in my house for 4 years. In 2015, I did something about it. I have a few projects in mind for next year now too.
Waiting for the bus with my boys. I do it every morning I’m home now. It’s a good chance to chat and get a bit of fresh air first thing.
Using a different type of wrapping paper for each child’s presents. I could see instantly if things looked balanced. Also, my pre-literate children knew who each present was for.
What worked for you in 2015? If you blogged on this topic, feel free to leave a link in your comment!
Photo: Present triage area.