Sunday, January 9, 2011

3 Things

I struggle daily with motivation, actually the lack of.  It's a combination of my depression, control issues and lack of accountability to anyone but myself.  But I think I have found a magic combination that works for me - 3 Things.  This is a new realization so I'm counting it as one of my Change (Word of the Year) items, but I have been doing it for about a month.

Every night I make a list of 3 things that I want to accomplish the next day before I can do any "fun" stuff - like sewing, scrapbooking, or 'playing' with friends.  It can be as simple as doing the dishes, a load of laundry and taking out the garbage when I'm having really bad days; or X # of  hours of work-related chores, meeting a client and washing windows on a good day. 

Today was pretty simple, because it's Sunday so my chores were doing laundry including the quilt I finished yesterday (pics coming on my first finish for 2011!), cleaning the kitchen and preparing for tonight's dinner with my kids, and gathering all the recyclables for garbage day.  I was on a roll so I also washed the floor in the kitchen, made the bed (a miracle in this house!) before I would 'allow' myself to surf the net.  Next up, more sewing!! 


  1. Terri,

    I like your idea of accomplishing just 3 To Do List is always unachievable, so I end each day disappointed, even if I actually marked several things off my list. Feeling good about accomplishing 3 things should be good enough! Good Luck!

  2. Hi Terri - I also struggle with depression so I know how you feel. I'm having a hard time doing much of anything other than vegging in front of either the computer or the tv. I haven't even picked up my hand sewing (which I love) for almost 3 months now. I'm going to give this a try to see if it will motivate me to do SOMETHING.