Saturday, January 10, 2009

For Just One Week

What is For Just One Week all about? Click HERE to find out.

I did it! For one whole week I had dinner on the table by 7:30 (with one small exception where it was on the table by 7:40 but that was an extra busy day and I seriously had to fight the desire to order out). I've also kept the couch free of laundry and it has been wonderful always having a clean couch to sit on every night when we read our evening scriptures. I was hoping that, along with the obvious benefits, there would be some pleasant surprises from these simple goals and I'm happy to say that there were. Because I had to think about dinner much earlier than I am used to I found I was spending less time on the computer in the evening. And since I wasn't rushed in dinner making I was more willing to let the kids help and that made for some wonderful bonding moments with my children. I also found I ate less during the end of the day because I wasn't eating for "inspiration" while worrying about what to make in a hurry. And because I was constantly downstairs (kids domain which I usually try to avoid) to fold laundry I was constantly having the kids do little rounds of cleaning so the family room and bedrooms are in pretty decent shape as well.

I've been thinking a lot about this next week's goals. I want to do something drastic. Something really tough for me. Something that will make me grateful I only have to do it for one week. These are going to be hard for me to write down because once I do I'm committed. So... here goes... *deep breath*...

For Just One Week I will:
1. Keep the computer off except between the hours of 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri. AAAAAAAAAAA. How am I going to survive without my 24/7 internet for soooooo long?
2. Clean my bedroom every morning. I make my kids do it, it's about time I did it.
And, because I have loved the results and want these to become more habitual, I also want to continue my last two goals as well this week.

WHEW! I can do this. I know I can. It's only one week. Somebody hold me.

What will you do? Write a post about your weekly goals and share them here. Please make sure to link to your individual post and not just your regular blog url. Thanks!
For Just One Week

1. Samantha
2. Tricia
3. Andrea
4. sariqd
5. Michal

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mindy said...

Congratulations! I think I want to try this, myself. A year long goal is so daunting to me. :)

By the way, I know you can do it. {hug}

Packer Family said...

I really like this one week at a time thing!
Nate is joining me too:)

Hope said...

You have some great goals! A suggestion for the dinner thing, that I have done several times (but should do all the time). I would make a "weekly menu", shop for the things that were for dinner for the week. I also picked up snacks, milk, etc. I found myself going to the store so much less-and-spending less money. When I don't "plan" meals ahead of time, I find myself going to the store every other day.

Aubrey said...

Wow. I couldn't keep the computer off that much. Every time I walk by it I check my email. Actually maybe I should make a goal to limit myself. My kids would love it.

I am putting the just one week in my side bar on my blog instead of as a post. I hope that's ok.

Oh, and i never answered your question about my toe I can't bend. I don't know why I can't bend it. I think I may have stepped on a nail when I was really little so that my be why, but I don't know for sure. Just something weird things about me.

Aubrey said...

Sorry that comment at the end makes no sense. I had kids hanging on and my editing skillz were compromised.

Tricia said...

not only did i keep a menu and stick to it this week, I did it with flair the cook book experiment was a BIG BIG success. (stewed porkchops.. yum-o) and David and I worked on his workbooks every day but today.. but none of the other kids have school he should get a weekend.. right?? I love mom logic. i think i'll keep it.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Hope, I used to do all that and that is why I'm trying to get back in the habit.

YAY! I'm glad it worked for you. Thanks for sharing your menu with me. You inspired me to make homemade pizzas and my daughter and I had a blast making them together.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I did get all my Christmas stuff put away, but I didn't finish closets, so I'm rolling that over to this week. Oh, and mailing off thank you cards and photos from Christmas break.

Good job on yours. I'm impressed.

Michal said...

i am so impressed with how well you did on your goals and even more impressed with your goals for this week. i need to get up the nerve to even tackle one of those two!

i will try to post tomorrow about how my goal went of getting up early this week. in the meantime, i'll contemplate trying one of your two goals. or maybe not!:)

andreasmiley said...

I love this! I have to many comments to make about so much that you said that I wish we could catch up on the phone.
Mostly I like what you said about you liking you! I just love that. And I really like you too! I always have.

I've been thinking about the need to limit myself on the computer aswell. Mabye we could support eachother on that no computer between 3 and 5. Those are definatly the hours I need to be focused on my kids and the ones I most want to escape into cyberspace!

sariqd said...

Well! I did it! I committed to this whole "One Week" thing.... and you know? While I'm scared out of my wits (such a silly thing, I know.) I'm actually quite excited! Thanks for this op!

Kim said...

Good luck! If you do the computer thing again next week I will join ya. I HAVE to find a way to make myself stay off the computer. I spend WAY too much time online.

Jeanette said...

I love this idea! I might have to start joining you.
Good luck with the computer! That is my biggest vice these days. Hmmm. Maybe if I try to control it for just one week...