It seems that this year, I'm about progress. Moving forward. And, more importantly, acknowledging that even small steps count as progress.
I'm after progress -- not perfection. I know that some of my "goals" are unattainable in the ordinary course of my life. My house, for example, will not ever be 100% clean and tidy. No way. That's because people live in it. (Four two footed people, and two four footed people). Between us all, and our insistence upon living normal lives, we perpetually mess things up. Dogs and cats shed. Humans dirty dishes, and wear clothes, and track dirt, and put things down and forget to put them away and... well... LIVE.
That doesnt' mean that I don't try to get the house a little cleaner here or there. Part of that is, having gone and become an adult and all, I realize that if one doesn't try to get the house clean, the house will become a vile pit all by itself. A little work here and there every day keeps it livable.
So... given that a lot of the progress I'm making is either tiny steps towards a distant goal, or perpetually undone by people living, how do I know I'm making progress? You know the answer to this already if you've been reading this blog for any time...
I make lists.
And then, when I get something done, I cross it off the list -- allowing myself a moment for a Feeling of Accomplishment, and recognition that I made progress.
Six days ago, I made a list. Over the course of those days, I added a few things here and there. As of this morning, that list had sixty-one (61) things on it. One of those things was a three part thing and one of those things was a five part thing (I chose not to turn it into a sixty-four or sixty-nine thing list). However, as of this morning, I had drawn lines through 23 of those things. And... by the time I hit "publish" for this post, I'll be able to draw a line through one more.
I call that progress.
True, some things were tiny, but others took hours and hours to do. Some things have been started, but aren't quite finished. But mostly -- I note that I FINISHED twenty three of the things on that list! That's more than a third! Yay me.
And ... I accomplished a bunch of things that weren't even ON the list.
I've now copied over the lingering 38 things, and have a new list. I've added in new things, like you do), and even so, the new list is only 59 things. And only one of them is a multi-part thing. (Okay, the one that says "clean out closet" is a huge one, but it's a much smaller task than "clean out and inventory the yarn closet".)
Some may see the net effect as being only a two item reduction -- but I see progress in those 23 drawn lines. And I know that several of the things on the new list are specifically scheduled and will be done within the next 48 hours.
Progress. It's an ongoing thing, and even when it's doing the laundry, it's worth acknowledging every load.