|My 30 Days of Lists book, a prize from a giveaway by Alex at The March Owl|
Once a day, just jot down a list.
Pretty cool, yes?
I've made my way through the first 10 prompts. A third of the way through! It's nothing too crazy or visually striking -- I'm still fairly new at this scrapbook/smashbook/art journal/papercraft business -- but it was fun to bust out the glue and scissors and play around!
Here are my first week's lists:
Day 1: "I Am A Lister Because..." The big ones being "My memory sucks" and "I like to be able to cross things off." A dwindling to-do list is one of my favorite things.
Day 2: Goals for September. I hadn't actually set any goals for September before this prompt, really, other than "Have a birthday" and "Remember aunt Bonnie's birthday" and "Wait for it to officially become Autumn this month." So, I came up with a few less, how you say, passive goals (oxy-moron?)... including taking more Polaroids, spending my time more productively (apparently I had a brief lapse in memory, because this month is dedicated to video games), start reading the Hunger Games and start saving money.
Day 3: "My Friends/Family Would Describe Me As..." Really I just kinda made shit up for this one. Didn't feel like asking around, and thought I could figure it out on my own. Weird, animated, impulsive (yet reliable)... and loud, obviously, because I was a theater kid and I just project naturally. ;)
Day 4: "When I Need A Time-Out, I..." I am a simple person. I like to click around on the internet, play video games, watch something on Netflix (usually NYPD Blue) and play fetch with my cat (because that is a thing he does).
Day 5: "Reasons To Start _____". Saving money is a big one. With that root canal that happened last month, that pretty much wiped what little savings I had begun to acquire. Shit was expensive. I kind of put that savings account of mine on the backburner once that happened, but I should probably put something in there every week or two... I'm just so bad at it.
Day 6: "Reasons To Quit _____". Last year, this would've been 'Smoking,' but I knocked that shit out of the park and now I'm just working on the little things... like sleeping in so late on the weekends. I wake up at 6am every work day, but on the weekends my body is like "HEY NOON IS ACCEPTABLE." Which it isn't. It makes me a zombie on Monday, among other things... and isn't writing a list a tool used to focus on productivity? I negate my efforts by wasting time rolling around in bed for so long two days a week, and they're the two days I actually have the chance to do my own stuff!
Day 7: Midnight Snacks. I don't make it to midnight hardly ever anymore (except Saturday nights, because I slept in until noon so my schedule's all whacky) and I rarely, if ever, eat that late at night. Kinda makes me feel gross. However, I suspended my disbelief for this one. The scenario: If I lived alone and stumbled out of bed at midnight from a terrible nightmare and was absolutely convinced that the only remedy for my terror was to raid my fridge and eat something... cold pizza, ice cream, apples and cheese, cereal, and yes -- just a big ol' spoonful of peanut butter. Thanks to my bestie Terena for that weird one! ;) I try to stay away from those as much as possible nowadays, however...
So that's week 1 of 30 Days of Lists! So far so good! I really enjoy setting aside some time each day to do something creative, which is something I need to make a point to continue doing in some capacity after 30 Lists is up. It makes me happy.
Anyone else participating in 30 Days of Lists? Or are there any other devoted list-writers out there? :]