These is something to be said for preparing. I know I’m not going to win the lottery tomorrow (I didn’t buy a ticket, and I don’t think there are drawings on Mondays. I could be wrong.).
BUT fantasizing about winning the lottery gives me a glimpse of what I want my life to be like if I had means. Even if I did win a bazillion dollars tomorrow, it’s not like I could have my house on the market by the end of the day.
So what would it take to be prepared? What are the ways that I would see my life change and how would I lift some of that burden now?
Not to say that it’s a burden, but some of these things can be done NOW and improve my life NOW. For instance, going to back the the house preparing to sell example. My house isn’t what many people, especially my sister, would call “clean”. But if I make small changes today that grow into habits that would sustain a naturally clean house that would be sale-ready, more power to me.
Even more-so, what changes would I make to my house in order to sell? That bathroom in the basement could sure use a makeover, the walls in the kitchen need to be painted, and the carpet in the basement should be replaced. I’m certainly not going to put that all my schedule for next weekend, but it’s not out of reach to do a $1,000 remodel of the bathroom over the next 2 months. One weekend would be the tub, then the floors, then the toilet seat, then the paint.
In reality, I would probably bite it off in 2 large chunks because I wouldn’t be able to stand it being half-finished.
The upside of all of that is that I’m still living here to enjoy my hard work – not just fix it just for the next guy.
Bonus: When life catches up to my dreams in that we will be ready for a new house in two years, most, if not all, of the work will already have been done.
With this all in mind I’ve been looking at a lot of my life goals this weekend and taking an inventory of where I am and where I want to be, and how to get there. I researched a number of apps to help set and monitor goals and the tasks/habits that get me there. I settled on two: One for work and one for me. Goals on Track came the closest to what I was looking for in terms of being able to state a goal, put sub-goals and tasks under each of those. Furthermore, some things I just want to be a habit and serve no higher goal. It can track that too.
The other App that I’m going to try out for work – both where I work and the business we bought – is Nozbe. I’m not completely sold on this app yet. I’ll get to work on it tomorrow morning and see how things go. I wish it had one more hierarchy under the Projects – like Sub-Projects to support all the extensive pieces of the main project. I have some multi-faceted irons in the fire and would like to see a tool that could handle that. Any suggestions out there?