At the beginning of the year, I set some goals. I had things that I wanted to get done that weren’t getting done, so I thought it would be good to write these goals down and set a time to accomplish them.
My lovely writers, Jessica, Susan, and Michelle, agreed to join me in getting things done. We even inspired reader Sandra to get a project done, too. Some of our projects were the kind that improved our homes or yards. Others were personal enrichment activities that pushed us outside our comfort zones.
I had planned for my May project to be creating a compost bin. I forgot how busy the month of May is and how fickle Minnesota spring weather can be. It never got done. I pushed the project to July, and it’s still not done.
And you know what? I’m okay with that. Whenever I procrastinate on something (which is far too often, I’m afraid), I justify it by doing something related. So I read several books about composting. I started using my kitchen compost bin regularly, and that has helped us reduce the amount of trash we through out. And while I don’t have a compost bin yet, I do have a pile in the back corner of my yard that I’ve been putting the kitchen compost and our grass clippings.
I can’t honestly claim our composting project as “done.” But at this point in our busy lives, I can claim “good enough.” Our little pile of veggie scraps and lawn clippings will make compost, just at a much slower rate than other more efficient methods. But it also takes much less maintenance, which is what we need in our lives right now.
In Just Start: How Doing Anything Can Help You Accomplish Everything at Wise Bread, Chris Ford writes that just getting starting on something can be the push you need to finish things. And he also talks about getting stuck and moving on to other things you can get done while you can. I have often found that just starting a project can inspire me to tackle other things I’ve been putting off.
My “to-do” list is a mile long, and I’m pecking away at it slowly. I’m getting things done, my way.