The 2012 To-Do List, Plus A Few Overall Goals

by Ginger on January 1, 2012

in Becoming Myself

As I said in my 2011 recap, the approach of a to-do list* seems to work much better for me than a resolution list. Maybe it’s because it then becomes a task as opposed to this big vague LIFE CHANGE thing, but I feel like I did better in 2011 at doing the things I wanted to do than in previous years.

So I’m starting my 2012 To-Do list here, which I reserve the right to ADD to (though I won’t delete anything. Accountability and all). I’ll eventually post it in the menu bar of this blog, to keep it accessible all year long. It seemed to work last year, let’s see if it’ll work this year!

But, I’ve also had two overarching themes in my head as I’ve thought about what I’d like to get out of 2012, and I’m throwing those out there as just ideas to guide me through all my actions in the new year:

Get Your Shit Together


Be Where You Are

The first one is easy enough. In general, I want to get my shit together. At home, at work, in my blogs, in my relationships, in my finances. I want to stop putting off the things I know I need/should/have to do and just…do them. A handful of things in my To-Do list reflect this, but I also just want it to be a mindset I have, even in non-to-do list items.

The second one is maybe a little harder. I want to stop taking myself out of the situations I’m in by wanting something I’m not currently doing. I want to be more present with my kid and my husband. I want to stop spending time at work wishing I was somewhere else to the detriment of my focus. I want to stop always looking forward to the next thing on the list at the expense of the thing I’m currently doing. I want to BE..wherever I am.

So between the To-Do list and those two themes, I’ve got my work cut out for me in 2012. I think I can handle it though–I’ve got 365 days to do it all!

  1. Read 50 books.
  2. File our taxes before April.
  3. Bring lunch to work at least 3 times a week.
  4. Skype with all of Jackson’s grandparents at least once a month.
  5. Do one thing a month to pamper myself, make me feel pretty, or accomplished or special.
  6. Attend a concert.
  7. Redo the categories and tags on Ramble Ramble.
  8. Grow Noodle Knobs to at least 1/2 the traffic and subscribers of Ramble Ramble.
  9. Organize my makeup drawer by making this.
  10. Take Jackson to Legoland.
  11. Get to my goal weight.
  12. Eat at least one vegetarian meal a week.
  13. Streamline my social media accounts.
  14. Take at least one picture a month with Jackson that I’m in as well.
  15. Commit to writing posts before turning on Twitter or FB if I have a post idea.
  16. Create a workable monthly budget.
  17. Get crowns on my front 6 teeth.
  18. Handmake 3 items for fun, function or fashion this year.
  19. Go on a road trip with my family.
  20. Do 350 jumping jacks a week.
  21. Host a local blogger get-together.
  22. Print and frame family photos.
  23. Fill out the entire year of the One Line a Day book.
  24. Learn a great, go-to tortilla soup recipe.
  25. Find an “everyday” cocktail that isn’t mostly caffeine or acid.
  26. Have one date night a month with my husband (even if we don’t leave the house).
  27. Create a media kit for Ramble Ramble.
  28. Get my rings and earrings cleaned.
  29. Continue saying yes more often.
  30. Wake up by 6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that Jackson gets to daycare on time.
  31. Have people over for dinner/drinks 3 times this year.
  32. Get my passport up to date.
  33. Cook or bake at least once a month.
  34. Make a memory binder of all of Jackson’s photos from daycare.
  35. See 5 movies in the theater.
  36. Buy reusable baggies for Jackson’s and my lunches.
  37. Clean out my feed reader of blogs I read just because they’re big.
  38. Mark Jackson’s growth every 3 months for a year.
  39. Write Jackson and N.C. letters once a month.
  40. Start selling Noodle Knobs prints.

*I’m fairly certain I stole this idea from Jennie, which given how much I want to be Jennie when I grow up doesn’t surprise me (we’ll ignore the fact that she’s younger than me. This once).

Reading (and chickens) January 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

I love resolution lists. LOVE. And I totally hear you on #37. It’s nice to read blogs that I actually LIKE instead of blogs that I read just because I feel like I SHOULD.

Marlena January 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Fun list! And completely doable, too. Keep us posted.

Cloud January 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

You WILL be busy!

When you find that awesome tortilla soup recipe, be sure to share… I could use one, too. I have a nice spicy corn chowder recipe, but that’s not the same at all.

Elizabeth January 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I love this list–everything seems reasonable enough, but with enough push still.

I saw a cool idea for tracking kids’ growth–just use a piece of yarn to measure their length, and tape the date onto it and keep it in an envelope. I think I may do that with Hannah this year.

Vodka Calling January 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

That is quite a list!! I like “Be Where You are”. That’s some good advice…..and 30 made me laugh!

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