Ok, so I already wrote about my goals for 2010. However, Sandy at First Gen American issued a challenge to bloggers to state their New Year’s resolutions, but with a twist. There must be 5 resolutions, with the focus being either increasing income or saving time. Oh, and each resolution must start with an ‘S’. (I am so glad she didn’t pick ‘K’ or ‘V’…
So, here are my ‘S’ resolutions for 2011, with the goal of saving time:
- Schedule. I function best on a schedule, and I have really enjoyed trying to implement a schedule for 2011 thus far. If I schedule my tasks and plans for the day, I will be less apt to waste time on the internet or whatever. This will be a huge time saver for me.
- Sleep (less). I didn’t used to be someone that slept in, ever. However, I think with a lack of schedule, it made it easier to just sleep instead of getting up and accomplishing things. Now, with a bigger plan for my days, I intend to sleep less, and get more done. (Keep in mind, it isn’t like I sleep all day. But I feel sleeping in until 9:00 a.m. is a waste of time and I get mad at myself if I sleep that late on weekends.)
- Streamline: I need to find a place for everything. I need to organize. I need to streamline the entire house. I finally have a key ring up again for my keys, so that was my start! This is a goal not only for myself, but one I have for the kids too. I don’t want to tear up the house an hour before a soccer game wondering where the shin guards are. When the house is organized and everything has a place, I won’t waste time constantly searching for things. The house will look better too.
- Spend: I may have to spend money in order to save time. I may spend on organizational items. I may spend on bagged lettuce instead of washing and tearing a head of lettuce myself. I am allowing myself to spend a little extra if it will make my life a little easier and save some time. In some ways, spending can actually save money. For instance, maybe I will spend a little extra to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken instead of buying a raw chicken and cooking it myself. But buying the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is a lot cheaper than eating out, and most likely a healthier alternative.
- Simplify: Not everything has to be perfect. Quite often, I will end up going the extra mile to get a perfect result over inconsequential things. Instead, I need to step back and accept that simple is fine too. It’s ok if I order pizza instead of making a big meal for company, so what? It will give me more time to enjoy my visit and make the day less stressful. I need to accept that easy is OK too.
What would you choose as a good resolution or goal for yourself that starts with the letter ‘S’? Did I miss any good ones? I bet I did!!
To read some other great Resolutions that start with the letter ‘S’, check out these posts:
First Gen American – Coffee Talk-Gaining Time + Income
Invest It Wisely – New Year’s Blogging Resolutions
Molly on Money – Working 25 Hours a Week is Wonderfully Wicked
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – New Year’s Resolutions brought to you by the letter S
Single Mom Rich Mom – The 5 S Resolutions
101 Centavos – Five S’s for the 2011 Spring Garden