We’ve reached the point of the year with Project Reverb where it goes to a daily prompt. As I already have so much to talk about, I’m going to limit myself to one post per week where I address as many of that week’s prompts as seem appropriate. They’ve made it easy for me on the weekends, as there are Instagram challenges instead of full posts. If you’re interested in seeing my response, head on over to my account each Saturday and Sunday.
December 19 // Little Ones: Whether you have kids of your own or not, there is likely a small person about who would like your attention. Tell us about what the kids in your life are asking for this season. Do you have any rules about how much to gift?
While I don’t technically have my own children, I am very much child-adjacent. Ever since I acquired for myself a nephew and then niece, I’ve been pretty good at not spending ALL MY MONEY on them. At least for gift type things. I like to make sure that the gifts are the kinds that their parents would approve of (e.g. I bought wooden play food for the play kitchen instead of the noisy metal pots and pans), and I don’t like to buy things that require batteries. I’ve got a budget, and I’m pretty good about sticking to it. For the most part. I do like to knit things for my sweethearts, but that’s more of an investment in fun on my end too.
For the girls, it’s a little different. They’ve got two parents buying them gifts already. So I try to get things that we’ll all enjoy together. Last year that was Mice and Mystics. This year it’s more board games, but also something very practical they can use at our house. I’m buying stuff for stockings too, and while there isn’t a budget necessarily, I’ve set myself the rule of useful or consumable. Nothing small and fiddly that will be taking up space.
Them’s my own rules. We’ll see how long those stay in place when things may change in the future…
December 20 // Achievement: Tell us about one thing you did or overcame this year that you are really proud of.
Erm…I don’t know. Probably the biggest achievement thing that I’ve had this year is related to the blog. I set out at the very end of last year and beginning of this one with a goal to write every non-federal holiday weekday. Even the times I was on vacation. Sometimes I did better than others. Some of the posts made me very proud. Others were inexplicably popular. But I did it – AM doing it – and I think that’s a pretty good achievement.
December 21 // Time: It’s something we never have enough of and can never get back once it’s spent. How do you prioritize your time? What would you like to make more time for?
Has anyone here ever heard of a time quadrant? Maybe you don’t know the term, but it looks like this:
My issue is that I spend lots of time in quadrants 1, 3, and 4. I have a running “joke” with my dentist that I’m putting off a small oral surgery because it is firmly in Quadrant 2 – important, but not urgent.
If I were better at prioritizing my time, I would spend much less time in Q4 (time wasters, of which I am the Queen), and devote that time to Q2. This would be more long-term health related activities, and if I could arrange my brain so that it would accept these changes, I would definitely be doing more of the important, though not-urgent stuff that sits on my to-do list…
December 22 // Party Gone Wrong: Share your bad Christmas party stories with us.
Erm…I can’t think of any. Pass.
December 23 // Preparations: Do you like to prepare waaaay in advance, and be prepared for every scenario? Or do you just do things on the fly by the seat of your pants?
Anyone who knows me well knows the answer to this question, and it is: I plan everything as much as I can. I love to plan. Planning is my jam. Whether it’s planning my blog posts (color coded on my calendar), my work (does anyone else use Microsoft OneNote for organizing info?), travel (excel spreadsheets with all the info and links), parties (WHEE – pintrest), or my holiday shopping (another spreadsheet), I am all over the planning. I will plan before I really have something to plan yet. I love planning.
BUT…I have learned that not everyone is as interested or able to stick to a schedule and a plan as I am. So I’ve learned to modify my planning instincts in order to accommodate those around me. I’ll do all the research for a location or a thing, but I’ll leave the decision making on the day to those who are around me. But because I have all the information at hand, because there are options and fall-backs and plan Bs, my planning does not go to waste.
Details: This post is part of Project Reverb 2016, which sends a daily writing challenge for bloggers during the month of December. If you’re interested in participating, sign up here or visit their facebook group.