2014 was a year full of changes for us, having moved house at the start of the year and me leaving work to be a stay-at-home dad in the middle of the year. However all this change meant that we spent a lot of time finding our feet and not necessarily getting much done. 2015 is the year to put that right.

As a starting point we grabbed some rare quiet minutes to think about what we wanted to achieve. We quickly realised we had three lists – goals for the house, goals for Tilly and goals for us.

Given the lack of progress made on the house during our first year in it and that Tilly’s needs will always take top priority, we decided to focus on how we would get out home shipshape.

We started out by jotting down ideas, initially thinking of something each week but by the time we were down we nearly had two jobs per month. This felt like a manageable target. The list comprises jobs from big to small, some might just take an hour here or there, while the many rooms still needing painting will likely need a couple of days each.

This, in a way, is our new year’s resolution. There’s no good-intentioned but inevitably ill-fated attempt to join a gym (perish the thought). Instead we’ve set ourselves a challenging to-do list that will be pinned to the wall for the year. We’ll be monitoring it as the months pass to keep an eye on our progress. If we manage most of it, we’ll have a comfortable house that we’ve really made our mark on.

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11 thoughts on “Planning for a productive 2015

  • 2 January 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    Good luck, Daniel! Having a major project such as the house to focus on is a great thing, I think, as at least you’ll be able to see tangible progress with each job you tick off the list. Far better than the old ‘join the gym’ resolution that many of us have started and soon given up on every year!

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    • 2 January 2015 at 9:54 pm
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      Hi Tim, Thanks for the comment. It’s an odd thing; it doesn’t feel like a major project but there are a lot of little pieces that will hopefully make for a big difference once we look back. I hope you’ve had a good Xmas and New Year so far.

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  • 2 January 2015 at 7:20 pm
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    Sounds like you have some good plans there for 2015 – I make garden plans but little else as I know I always fail with New Year resolutions. Just found you via #WeekEndBlogHop 🙂

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    • 2 January 2015 at 10:58 pm
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      We’re hopeless with the garden so we’re starting on the inside as there’s plenty to be getting on with. Thanks for visiting.

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  • 2 January 2015 at 10:32 pm
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    This is a fantastic idea, especially the part where you pin it to the wall!
    Laura has a linky for new years’ resolutions on her blog (MyLifeAsAMummy.com); have you linked this up there?
    Thanks for joining in with the #WeekendBlogHop!

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    • 2 January 2015 at 11:00 pm
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      Thanks very much I’ve added the post to the New Year resolution linky too. Having the list on the wall is essential as I find that unless something is in sight as an ongoing reminder, it’ll just be forgotten. Thanks for visiting the blog.

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  • 2 January 2015 at 10:41 pm
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    Good luck to you, I you get it all achieved! We moved into our first owned house in April and while it was completely ready to move in to I’m still desperate to put our stamp on it! We’ve done my son’s room and today put some pics on the living room walls but I want to paint everywhere!! We’ll get there gradually! Happy new year! #weekendbloghop

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    • 2 January 2015 at 11:01 pm
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      Ours is also fine but there’s plenty to improve and update it over the coming years. We’re starting with some of the basics and essentials first. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  • 3 January 2015 at 12:13 am
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    Hi Daniel! Found you on the Weekend Blog Hop. I love your plan to tackle jobs on a ‘schedule’. We’ve been working on our Little Shack for over 7 years and sometimes I fear it will never get done. It can be a huge undertaking when construction comes into play as well. Money is always a factor as well as time. Best of luck on your home improvement journey in 2015!

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  • 4 January 2015 at 8:36 pm
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    Happy New Year! I love the idea of placing the list on the wall! I hope you manage to get them all ticked off! Thank you for linking up to the New Years Resolution Linky and also the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura 🙂

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