As November/December is “reflection season” (as my podcast co-host puts it) and as we generally record our annual goals episode by late November, I tend to be thinking of new year’s goals by this time of year. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it isn’t late December yet!
In any case, I’ve pretty much settled on my 2024 goals. One (among many) is to listen to all the works of Bach. Another is to be a bit more structured with my strength training in general and to do my “back exercises” every day.
(Yes, it is the year of Bach and my back…)
Both of these require a bit of thinking of how to do them, and how to fit them into my life. So, given that I’ve figured out these particular goals ahead of time, I’m using the last two months of the year to practice these goals.
So, for instance, I’ve been reading up on all the BWV numbering, and how that works. I’ve been building a sequence of how to listen to all the BWVs and how much time that would be each day (I’m not doing it purely in order as the first 200+ are all cantatas…I kind of want to mix it up a little). Beyond that, I need to figure out when approximately 30-40 minutes of daily listening can fit in my life. So I’ve been listening to random bits of Bach and seeing when I can do that each day. I can listen in the car. I can listen while cleaning up. I can listen while doing my make-up.
I can also listen while doing cobra poses, downward dog, etc. On the back front, I’m dealing with standard middle-aged woes here, and I think that some stretching and strengthening would help. So these last two months of the year I’m figuring out a series of stretches/exercises/yoga poses that I can commit to and that I think would be effective. I’m about ten days into doing this every single day and so far it seems doable, but the upside of practicing before the new year “officially” starts is that I can keep tweaking it, and see what obstacles might prevent me from following through.
Anyway, if you have goals you’d like to commit to in the new year, now might be a good time to practice them. Adopting new habits can be hard. Some of them require figuring out lots of logistics. If you really get some motivation out of the “new year, new you” mindset, then it feels good to be ready to go on Day 1. How can you be ready to go on Day 1? My practicing at Day -43 or so.
In other news: I am also working on the family schedule. On Thursday, the three older kids needed to be out the door early — for 7:20 a.m. jazz band practice and 7:30 a.m. school. Since I was the only adult around, I needed to get the little boys up and put them in the car with me by 7:00 a.m. It was…not fun. Like toddler refusing to get in his seat and screaming fun. The good news is that there will probably not be that many Tuesday and Thursday mornings where there is only one adult available at 7 a.m., so hopefully this will be a manageable problem.
I was reading a “Large Family Tricks of the Trade” (a Facebook group) thread on laundry, and so I decided to audit the household laundry this week and see what the system looks like (also, FT nanny was on vacation and she normally does the kids’, so I was mostly doing it this week). On Sunday, I do my own laundry. My husband does his. That is two loads. The kids’ laundry happens on Monday and either Thursday or Friday, and that tends to be two loads each (one load with 3 kids’ stuff, one load with 2 kids’ stuff). Sometimes there is an additional load of towels, but sometimes those go in with the kids’ stuff.
This week all the sheets got done too — I will confess this is not an every week thing around here. I sometimes will just throw the pillow cases in with a load (the kids all sleep in pajamas so hey…). But this week I did the sheets so it wound up being three loads, with two sets of sheets + pillow cases (and sometimes a towel or two) in each. So that is 9-10 loads of laundry. Without the sheets it would be 6 loads. I sort of see why some folks were preaching “one load a day without fail” but to me it makes more sense to batch it a bit. Also, it doesn’t seem to build up overwhelmingly doing it a few times a week. The kids all have hampers in their rooms and they weren’t overflowing after 4 days. When it comes out of the dryer I either put it away (2 little boys) or give it to the big kids to put away themselves.
How many loads per week happen in your house?