Thursday, January 8, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Goal Challenge: December Results and JanuaryGoals

Life According to Steph
Decembers's Choose Your Own Adventure challenge had the monthly theme of simplify. My goals were:

1) Reduce screen time. Unplug more. I enjoyed my cruise without the internets, and I didn't sit on it when I returned either. I was also better with not checking my phone when I was out.
2) Unsubscribe to emails I no longer want to receive. Done. Whatever wasn't already in Unroll Me is now.
3) In regards to holidays, know whatever I do is enough. I resisted the urge to scramble to get cards to people who I missed in the first round. I didn't try to cram cookie baking into my already packed December schedule. And we chose to stay home a majority of the day on Christmas, which we haven't done in years. It was really nice.
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January's theme is COMPLETE. We all have that thing that moves from To Do list to To Do list and never gets done. Well, this is the month to get it done.

My COMPLETE Theme Goals:
1) Prep for taxes.
2) Deal with loose photos.
3) Take car in for tune up.
4) Finish out the month sticking to the activity schedule I've set up in my planner.

The link up to report in on how you did with January - Complete will be Thursday, February 5. Mark your calendars!

For those that like to look ahead, upcoming themes are

February - Create...Create a DIY project, a new recipe, a song, a piece of art, the start of a novel, a new list...wherever your creative mind takes you, follow it.
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What about you? Link up and share how you did with your simplify goals.



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32 comments:

  1. good job on your december goals - that's awesome :) i used unroll me but all of a sudden i have more emails that need unsubscribing. boo.
    good luck with the pie! i really need to do something about all my photos as well.. excited for february's goal :)

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  2. good job on your goals! i totally simplified by killing the ol' blog and leaving the blogosphere for a while. Stay home days during the holidays are so needed since there's always so much going on. we only had 2 of those so on those days, we did NOTHING and it was amazing.

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  3. Looks like you rocked your December goals! I have a lot of stuff that I need to actually complete and stop procrastinating about, so this is probably a great theme for me!

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  4. Good work! Simplify wasn't my best month, but I am excited for all my complete goals. I just tried Unroll Me! I don't think it can save me from random spam, though, so I was hoping for too much. :'( Your holidays sound like they were greatly enhanced by your goals and unplugging is something I wish I could enforce on other people. Road trips are a lot more fun when the other person is mentally present and engaged.

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  5. Brava! I enjoy reading about your goals and those of your friends!! Goddess speed ! I love the enough concept so much!!
    Love, your Momma

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  6. I love the idea of an unplug day. Being able to unplug on the cruise must have been so nice. You rocked your goals!

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  7. Great job on your goals! I'm so bad with my phone. I was good when I was with other people but now that I'm back in TX & live alone it's so hard. I tried to go a week without checking Twitter...I made it 17 hours...

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  8. Great job on your December goals. Unplugging for a pre-set time limit is a great idea. Whether it's a night or a weekend, being in the moment without distraction or need to document is a great goal.

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  9. Great job on your goals! I really really need to learn to unplug more. I always feel much better when I do!

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  10. My friend was actually a part of developing unroll me! I am always excited when people mention it.

    I need to get my car in shape too- and I want to clean it really well. I tend to avoid that in the colder months but I should get it done before we get more snow.

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  11. I actually really need to unsubscribe from emails - next months goal for sure!! Prep for taxes...is it weird that I enjoy taxes!? xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. So - totally was planning on linking up for December and making some goals to simplify. But, I totally simplified by not going near the blog world for two weeks - does that count? HAHAHAHA!!!!

    Complete is a great goal theme - and I love all of yours!

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  13. Awesome job on your goals! I confess I totally forgot what it was I was going to simplify last month! However for this month I want to COMPLETE the cleaning schedule I have started! Also my tax prep is a must, but I am usually really good at that one since I used to do taxes for work every year! It is just ingrained in me to have everything ready by Jan 31st!

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  14. I'm in the process of unsubscribing from emails I don't want….I don't even know how I racked up so many! Complete is such a great them for January since it's the new year makes it so easy to start things, but not always to finish them.

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  15. I need to unplug. And also to not worry about it after is huge. (or during, with my cruise coming up) I love the idea of create.

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  16. Congrats on unplugging and being satisfied with what you DID get done in December. Sounds like you could actually enjoy the holiday!

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  17. This truly sounds like an interesting monthly challenge. I may have to jump on with it one of these months. Might help me organize and/or get grounded at times, which I think I need.

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  18. Tap dancing classes have been on my "to do" list forever, and I just haven't pulled the trigger yet. I will plan to COMPLETE at least one class this month!

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  19. I feel like I'm forever unsubscribing to emails...I have used Unroll Me and liked it, I need to start using that again.

    Ugh, taxes.

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  20. Great job on your goals! I'm starting to work through unsubscribing from emails and newsletters. I'm tired of the clutter. I unplugged, except for Instagram, for a good part of my break. I need to do it more. Taking all the social media apps off my phone helped a lot.

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  21. Nice job on your goals. I had planned to use unroll me a couple months ago and never did. I just did it while reading your post.... it's still scanning.

    I had to resist the same urge during the holidays.... to grab last minute stuff for people I thought I should add to the list or get cards for. I had a goal not to shop on Christmas Eve and I did it!

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  22. Oooh, that car reminder was a good one! I need a tune-up for sure, especially with this cold and snow! I'm still on my simplify track this month and Jared and I started a fresh donation box last night which felt good!

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  23. I need to do the Unroll Me thing again. It's been about a year. I get way too much junk mail.
    My "Complete" goal could be "remind Scott about taxes".

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  24. Taxes, ughhhhhh. I need to get on that early this year.

    What are you going to do with your loose photos? I spend an absurd amount of time wondering what to do about photos to make sure Jack has something to look at when he gets older. It is hard because I take pretty much all of them on my phone...do I print them and put them in albums? Where the hell do I store those albums then? Do I put them on cd or external hard drive? Do I make Shutterfly books? All of the above? Why can't I figure this out?!?!?

    I love looking back at pictures from when I was a baby and looking at the old albums from my grandmother with her handwriting and I hate to think of Jack and any future kids not having that, but at the same time, the declutterer in me shudders at the thought of storing photo albums.

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  25. Yup, we gotta start preparing for the taxes too. Always fun.

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  26. I love this idea! My completes would be: clean out coat closet and go through my sons old clothes (donate, keep or trash)!!

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  27. I swear the unsubscribing to emails is endless. Where in the hell do they come from??? ugh... taxes

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  28. Good job on your December goals!! Unroll.me was so helpful with cleaning up my email box...it's so nice not to open my inbox to 50 emails every morning. I dread doing taxes this year :( Best of luck on your January goals! Hope you are staying warm!!

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  29. Unroll Me? Is that a thing? Sounds like something I need to know about ASAP. Thanks for your comment on my return-to-blogland post. :)

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  30. Oh loose photos. Always all over the place no matter how hard one tries to corral them haha. That's one of my things I need to work as well but not this month : ) good luck!

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  31. Oh I need to unsubscribe to soooo many emails. I try to do it ever so often but they just keep on coming. I was going to jump in for February and then I saw the word was "create". HAHA we'll see :)

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  32. I tried Unroll me a few months ago and it didn't work for me!!! I get a ridiculous amount of spam.

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