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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The 31 Day To-Do List Challenge | Family Economics

By Trisha

Several weeks ago, I was thinking about how as a mom I often get overwhelmed with my never ending to-do list and projects that I would like to accomplish. I began playing the “what if” game – what if I created a challenge for myself to accomplish one project per day this year? I was immediately overwhelmed. So, instead I decided to break it down into months. What if I could accomplish one project per day for an entire month? I would feel a huge sense of accomplishment checking off a month’s worth of to-do’s and projects!

What about you? Do you have a never ending to-do list full of projects you would like to accomplish? Join me in this challenge and begin checking things off your list. Here’s how we can do it:

The Goal
The goal of this challenge is to accomplish projects that always fall off your to-do list. Remember to keep them simple and realistic so you don’t get overwhelmed by them.

Getting Started
Grab a notebook or sheet of paper and begin writing out one month’s worth of projects you would like to complete during the month. You can either assign these to particular days in the month or choose a project each day that fits into your day from the list you create.

My Projects
My projects will include things such as cleaning out the kitchen drawers, taking a child's bike in for repairs or creating a new list of dinner ideas. My list will be filled with projects that I can accomplish in a few minutes and ones that might take me several hours depending on what my time availability is each day.

I will post my 31 day list in the comments section below so check back in and see the list I create – be sure to share your list below as well!

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On Sunday, March 4, 2012, Kim wrote

This is a great idea...I am going to give it a shot...I have lots to do...lots to do.

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, mom of 3 wrote

Thanks for some direction of how to accomplish my to do's!!

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, Need organization wrote

LOVE the idea of making a master list of to do's!!

On Friday, March 4, 2011, Trisha Novotny wrote

Trisha's 31 Day Project list:

Small Projects ( ones that will take me 60 minutes or less)
Pick out paint color for daughters bedroom
Get new ring sized
Clean out and organize my jewelry
Write Thank you cards
Plant flower pots on front porch
Organize and inventory cleaning supplies
Plan summer calendar
Make summer camping and travel reservations
Organize and clean out kids reading books
Organize and clean out kids art supplies
Organize game closet
Clean out ovens
Organize DVD’s and videos
Organize girls linen closet
Organize gift closet
Update chore lists for the kids
Update kids binders of school and activity information
Unsubscribe to junk e-mail
Organize my coupons and clean out expired ones
File new articles from magazines

Big Projects ( ones that will take me more then one hour)
Clean Laundry room cupboards
List items on Craig's list and –bay
Spring clean car
Order photos from 2010 picture taking
Clean our and organize master bathroom cupboards
Decorate for Easter
Clean baseboards and doors thru out house
Organize recipes and file into binder
Inventory kids summer clothes (have them try on last years items)
Wipe down all light fixtures in house
De-clutter coat closet and organize


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