Wednesday, July 27


We’re now more than halfway through 2011.  No idea how that happened.

I thought it might be a good time to revisit my plans/goals for 2011.  In January I decided my word for the year was SIMPLIFY.  I wrote about it here.  I also mentioned a ‘20 things’ list I’d made for that.  Now, for my benefit more than anything (sorry to bore you, feel free to click away), I’m going to revisit that list and see how it’s going (I’m not doing all 20 today).

1. Reduce working hours. I have reduced by one day a fortnight. This isn’t enough and I am discussing it further with my manager when he returns from overseas at the end of August. My goal is to work 3 days a week.

2. Declutter – own less.  Working very gradually on this, have decluttered the wardrobe, some kitchen cupboards and a chest of drawers – this item needs more work. A lot more work.

3.  Reduce online presence.  I’m now only a member of one forum group however I have added Google+ to my social networking.  I do use Hootsuite now which keeps it all together but G+ isn’t on there yet.

4. Meal plan, bulk shop and bulk cook. Ummm….no.

5. Create a household folder – contacts, buzz lists, account numbers and insurance details etc. Nope.

6. Unsubscribe from newsletters, websites etc. Yes! Yes I have done this for all but a couple of favourites. Go me.

7. Combine online stuff – Google reader, email, photos, music etc – one log in would be nice. I changed my personal email to Gmail and do a lot in Google now which is good.  I haven’t moved photos from Flickr to Picasa or anything.  This is a work in progress because I’m not actually enjoying Gmail very much so it could all change.

8.  Bundle phones, internet, mobiles etc. Some of it is and some of it isn’t, I can’t decide if I really want all my eggs in one basket despite the apparent savings you make by doing so.

9.  Stop buying stationery I don’t need. *Whistles and wanders away to look at fascinating mark on the wall….*

10.  Set up automatic payments for ALL bills.  Nearly there with this one, still a couple to organise.

Ok, that’ll do. I’ll give myself 6/10 for this effort and to be fair to myself I think that if I can achieve number 1 then a lot of the others will become more achievable.


Dave said...

I find it impossible to be more organised.

There's nothing left to organise, you see.

Caitlin said...

My problem isn't organisation, I'm actually quite an organised person. I just have too much going on and need to simplify my life. Become less busy and get back to basics.

Cathy said...

WELCOME BACK!! was just thinking of you today...and wondering wher you went. And now here you are! sounds like you're doing ok with the list. mu list would have a lot more blanks!

Caitlin said...

Hey Cathy! Long time!

Yes, I have been extremely remiss in my posting...I'm actually quite surprised that I've managed 5 posts this month!

I'm going to slay that list before the end of the year...kind of proud of myself that I hadn't given up the whole thing by February. :-)

laoi gaul~williams said...

Stop buying stationery I don’t need. *Whistles and wanders away to look at fascinating mark on the wall….*

hahaha love that! i am like that with bags but i do have a thing for notebooks however...

i think a de-clutter would be good here, i keep nibbling away at it but need to be much more stern with myself.

Caitlin said...

Oh yes, notebooks and bags...I love!

It's very hard to declutter when you find it hard to stop introducing new stuff. :-D