21 days: Put your goals on paper 2


Welcome back to the 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life challenge. (See what the big deal is here, and buy the book to follow along here.)

Today is day 8 – more than a week in!

Your objective is not filling out a fancy paper, but actually following through with your goals.

Yep, that’s pretty much me. I love lists and putting things down on paper. But sometimes, all the satisfaction I get from there is enough that I don’t necessarily follow through. Living it out is actually much more difficult.

But today’s take home message is to write down your goal and put it somewhere you will see it. That’s how you can put it into action.

Assignment 1: Small Habit 

My desk is still pretty clear, although there is one bunch of papers I need to handle tomorrow. So mostly done.

Assignment 2: Life Hack

The kitchen is cleaned and wiped! I like that this is becoming a habit here. It’s nice to come to the kitchen and see it’s (pretty) clean.

Assignment 3: Mega-Project

So I know this isn’t really routine-oriented, but I ended up spending about 3 hours (with the kids) cleaning the playroom, weeding out toys, moving the furniture to clean and sort, label, and more. I did also find out that Savta bought each of the kids 7 Hanuka presents, and that’s not even adding in the other grandparents, aunts, uncles, and extended family…This was kind of a preemptive strike for sanity.

Now everyone knows where everything goes (we did an inspection walk and will continue them)…so maybe it does tie in with our routine! Things look nicer here, and that is always a good thing.

How are things going for you?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.


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2 thoughts on “21 days: Put your goals on paper

  • Shuli

    So this is a parenting question, not an organizing question– how do you temper the potential for negative (middos-wise) inherent in receiving so much STUFF (7 presents :) B”H there’s bigger problems in the world, but all grandparents LOVE buying stuff for grandkids, and besides the clutter potential, I always fret about my kids becoming spoiled. Very curious what you think about this. Do you rotate toys or something? I started telling the eager grandparents that they can buy as much as they want, but most of it stays at their houses for when we visit :)

    • Amital Post author

      This is very tricky for us. We have the only grandkids on one side (and 4 of 6 on the other), we live out of the country and only see the family once a year for now, and we don’t have a lot of entertainment options outside the house…so we have a lot of toys. And the 7 gifts for each kid is from one Savta – that’s not counting my parents, brothers, and sisters, as well as our grandparents and a few aunts and uncles. YIKES! Most definitely a first-world problem, if you can even call it a problem.

      We asked for books this year since so many of ours didn’t make the trip (packing error by the moving company!), but also try to direct asking grandparents toward specific things we would buy anyway: leggings, pajamas, special books, board games, or things like that. We also stick with open ended toys like blocks and legos and lots of different kinds of books. I keep some toys back for special times and then we just replace some older, less played with toys with the newer ones. Sometimes we even just give the newer ones out if that’s what the kids prefer!

      I do weed fairly ruthlessly when necessary, and the kids help choose things to pass on to the orphanage we visit here. That’s a big help, I think, because our kids ARE spoiled when compared to the abject poverty around the world! We see that and talk about it, and share what we have.

      All that said, it’s something I worry about, too.