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2012: Resolutions for an awesome year!

A couple days ago, I did a recap of my 2011 resolutions, and was pretty pleased with how many of them I accomplished.

My motto for 2012 is “Get Things Done” and I think my resolutions for this year will reflect that.

1. Spend 30 minutes a day (at least 4x a week, let’s be reasonable here) doing something productive or organizational around the house – cleaning up the kitchen, doing dishes, folding laundry, sorting mail.

2. Read at least 50 books this year (same as I did last year) – if I hit that, read 75! Additionally, record my reading adventures more on my blog – I’ve been reading so many good books, and want to share them with others.

3. Finish designing our family photo albums and get them printed. There is no excuse for not having an album from our honeymoon seven years ago. Get caught up before things get busy! Yes, this is a repeat resolution from last year since I feel that I didn’t do well with this.

4. Maintain a healthy weight during my pregnancy and eat well afterwards in order to drop any excess, hopefully by the end of 2012.

5. Spend at least one day each month sorting through things to get rid of or donate. I actually started doing this a while ago, but I need to continue, since we are going to be clearing out my office for the new kids’ room and swapping Zachary’s current room with my current office.

6. Be a better blogger. That includes redesigning this blog, too. Another repeated resolution from last year.

7. Shoot more for myself and capture more details of family life. Capturing my life no matter what format it’s in (DSLR, iPhone, Point & Shoot) is important to me, so while I would LOVE to use my DSLR more often for personal stuff, it’s often more convenient not to. My goal is to just shoot as much as I can, with whatever I have available.

8. Make a concrete plan and to-do list of what needs to be done to get the kids’ new bedroom and my new office finished in a reasonable amount of time BEFORE baby #2 gets here. June is much closer than it seems!

9. Take more time out of each week (or at least each month) to spend on marketing for the business, such as working on my photography blog, business facebook page, or meeting with other vendors. Another repeated resolution. I feel like I could have done a lot more than I did last year, and want to make this a focus as well in 2012.

10. Start meal planning at least 3 nights per week so we always know what we’re having for dinner – and most importantly, it’s good for us. Have reliable alternates with items that are “in stock” so I can whip something up on tired nights or non-planned nights.

11. Put together a rough schedule for each day, and follow it. Working at home, sometimes it’s easy to slip into taking lots more breaks than you normally would, so I want to have a good idea of what I should be doing at what time, with a goal to stay on track so I can keep up with my backlog.

12. Spend lots of time with family and friends, and make more wonderful memories!

What’s your most important resolution this year? What are you looking forward to getting done in 2012?

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MelissaJanuary 6, 2012 - 9:41 am

1. Spend 30 minutes a day (at least 4x a week, let’s be reasonable here) doing something productive or organizational around the house – cleaning up the kitchen, doing dishes, folding laundry, sorting mail.

I’m insanely jealous if you have so little dishes, laundry, and organizing that it’s 30 min, 4x a week. Or I’m jealous of your productivity, because that amount of time would definitely not cut it in my house!

kristenJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:17 pm

i think the idea of setting a goal for organizing time is a good idea. i tend to organize whenever the bug hits me. sometimes it is frequently, and other times……not. LOL.

also, i hope you write more personal stuff about your family. i used to love reading your entries on LJ. i was thrilled when you friended me. i’m excited to hear about things w/ the new baby!

karen lisaJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:31 pm

Melissa.. hehe… :) My house really does need far more than 30 minutes a day; however, I absolutely HATE doing housework so this is meant as an improvement for me to keep me on track for staying organized. That said I am pretty speedy at doing laundry and dishes, though actually getting up to DO them is what I have to work :) I also plan on hiring a cleaning lady 2x a month especially since doing the big stuff (like mopping and deep cleaning the bathroom) is no fun when pregnant or just after having a newborn.

karen lisaJanuary 6, 2012 - 11:34 pm

thanks kristen :) I was actually thinking about this recently and I do plan on making more updates with the pregnancy and the baby. not having a updated looking site (or one I can easily redesign at the moment due to server limitations) has been really annoying for me and makes me not feel like blogging much, since this design shows pictures of zachary from when he was only 10 months old and he’s now over three years! plus I have been so busy the past year and haven’t felt like doing much personal blogging. hopefully soon, my site will be moved to a new server (with no limitations) and I’ll be able to install the new site redesign and will feel more in the mood for writing like I used to!

AmberJanuary 9, 2012 - 4:02 pm

I love this list! You have so much direction and I agree with previous posters about posting more about your pregnancy! I am curious though — what server limitations are preventing you from easily redesigning the blog? I think we both use ProPhoto, so I’m really curious.

karen lisaJanuary 11, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Amber, I forgot to reply to this. The server limitations are the fact that the current server we own does not have the latest version of PHP, which is preventing me from installing ProPhoto4 and my new design theme. Soon my blog will be moved completely to Amazon Web Services, which has the newest PHP, so at that point I can start doing my redesign!

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