August Beginnings

I have set a few goals to work on – – no, make that accomplish – in August.

Project #1 – Less Facebook time. I plan to limit my Facebook time to just twice a day, morning and evening. To help facilitate this, I spent quite a bit of time yesterday “unliking” and “unfriending” many people and organizations, along with changing the settings on most of the remaining friends so that things like games and music and extraneous comments do not show up. The goal was to lessen the amount showing up in my feed. It would appear like that has worked, as this morning it only took me about ten minutes to scroll through all my lists rather than the usual half an hour or more. I will still be spending more time on Facebook in the evening as that is when I play my Words With Friends games. Hopefully, though, by only opening Facebook twice a day, and spending less time there when I do open it, it will free up my time and focus for my other big hairy goals!

Project #2 – Cleaning up our spare bedroom, which has become a huge mess. It started as storage for things we didn’t want to unpack when we first moved here. Then my yarn stash began to expand. Then we had the emergency evacuation last summer and everything just got turned upside down. I haven’t touched the room since then, other than to add more things into the mess. I would like to get rid of what we don’t need or use, unpack what we keep, and organize what is left.

I am posting some “before” pictures in the hopes that there will be a striking contrast between these and the “after” pictures I post on August 31st!

Isn’t it a disaster? I have my work cut out for me. I have already begun, though. Yesterday I donated three boxes of books to the local library bookstore. These books were special collections that I have moved from NY to AL to FL to AZ. I could have made some money by selling them on, but each time I have started to do that in the past, I wimped out and kept them. They had some sentimental value, but I had not opened one of the books in any of those boxes in over six years. And I know that none of my children will want them. So I struck while the iron was hot yesterday, so to speak, and loaded them into the car and dropped them off at the library. They are gone. I do not have to keep expending mental energy trying to decide whether to keep them or to sell them or to give them away. I am free!!!

Project #3 – Website updates. This is another area that I have ignored for way too long. I have a massive list of additions, deletions, and changes that need to be made to the content of my website. Plus I need make backups and then update the software and other applications on my blogs. I hope to get a good start on all this in August and establish a daily/weekly routine of updates, backups and new content.

Both project #2 and project #3 should be more easily facilitated by the success of project #1, don’t you think?


  1. Missus Wookie

    Yep – cutting back on FB and other time sucks is the only way I’ve managed to do some of the other projects.

    Blog reading is still a long term thing tho’ :sigh:

  2. Roberta

    Sounds like a very promising list. I need to get tough with my box o’ books, too. I tried selling it a few weeks ago at Bookman’s, but they took very few.

    Good luck!

  3. Mother Dear

    Yes, you have some work ahead of you. Keeping to your daily schedule will be the hardest part of the whole project. I know how that goes. I had planned on getting out in my van and working on the insulation right after breakfast. Well it is 9:54 and I’ve had coffee with two neighbors, an hour chat with another neighbor and now I’m checking my computer. In the meantime it is getting hotter and hotter outside. Going up to 90 this afternoon. Good Luck!

    • Karen

      Not sure I have a daily schedule figured out. Mostly it is just actually STARTING. Once I begin, I get it done. Already today, though, I am doing things earlier, simply because I did not spent an hour on Facebook. And because I cannot go back to Facebook to waste more time reading new stuff, then I have to actually DO something. It’s working!

  4. Cee Gee

    You’ve inspired me. I have a clean, organized bedroom again. No before pictures.
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Carol

    Thanks for the inspiration! I have gotten rid of some FB stuff and it does help control the time. So does not getting on line until the afternoon – especially when we then get thunderstorms. Still trying to find a balance for this month, as it the needs seem to change regularly.

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