Jon Acuff has this talent for lighting a fire under my procrastinating behind. Last November, after reading his post on how much “almost” sucks, I followed his advise and “put a stake” in my long-labored novel, called it done, and finished the last 2% of the final draft that I’d been sitting on for a ridiculous amount of time. BAM. No more almost about it. Done in three days.
Let’s just skip over the fact that it then took me four months to format, finalize cover art, buy ISBNs and upload to Kindle. Let’s also skip over the fact that I still have the notification email from when Jon responded to my victory tweet.
Yup, skip all that.
This Fall, as life turned into pumpkins and the “Where has the year gone!?” panic set in, he Acuffed me again posting THIS:
The year is not over. It’s not even close to over. We still have 25% left! Sure, we’ve burned through almost 75% but that’s not the same as 100%. Imagine if you came up with a 75 on a test and told your parents, “Don’t worry mom and dad, that’s almost 100!” How would the rest of that conversation go for you?
The year isn’t over.
It’s not too late.
It’s time to rally!
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What else is one to do when Jon Acuff issues a rally cry? You rally people! In response, The Quarter Project was born.
The premise is simple.
With 25% of the year left, the last quarter of four, I will tackle a list of 25 things that need conquering before January 1st. My key to success? Loading the list with fun things I’d do anyway. What else did you expect from the girl that lists “Wake up” as the first item on every daily to do list?
What made the list.
Some things are simple one time actions while others, such as de-cluttering the house, will be longer projects (posts to come on this initiative!). There are things that make huge milestones like holding my novel in print and other things on the list that just need to get done like finishing the master bathroom. I put no parameters on what made the list. This alone is a victory. I should have made the first item on the list be “write the list.”
- Hold my book in print version *SHAMELESS PLUG HERE*
- List and sell stuff I’ve been holding for eBay
- Pay off [some] debt
- Finish reading a book – any book – even a re-read of the entire HP series will do
- Use up candle making supplies
- Finish the master bathroom
- Research/plan/outline/snowflake a new writing project
- De-clutter the house
- Wrap up the family photo project
- Make a T-shirt quilt
- Plant a Fall garden
- Send real mail
- De-clutter the digital life
- Make my first block printed fabric
- List new products on Etsy
- Paint Grandma’s kitchen
- Plant flowers in the front of the house
- Surprise a certain special someone with homemade strawberry cheesecake
- Buy a perfect little pumpkin somewhere other than a grocery store
- Make s’mores in the fire pit
- Wear my favorite hat while knitting several more
- Take walks
- DIY gifts for Christmas
- Open the window, use up candles, play the “fireplace” on the TV with hot cocoa
- Actually stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Come along for the ride.
My goal is to provide updates on accomplished tasks in a reasonable manner. If you are familiar with my blog at all you know that consistency is not my thing.
Care to join me in this project? I’d love to hear about your progress! Link up in comments! Use hashtag #thequarterprojectfall2014 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, social-media-platform-I’m-too-over-it-to-learn.
Rally friends. Let’s get some stuff done.