Finish It Friday + 13 in 13 Update

posted by Aby Garvey on January 25, 2013 25 Comments

Here we are in our new home with a familiar friend: Finish It Friday. My head is spinning with to-dos that need to get done this weekend…and I’m feeling like there’s more that I want to do than I can possibly get done in a 2 day weekend. So it’s time to do a brain dump, prioritize the list, and share it with all of you.

A bit of background…

If you’re new to this simplify 101 and the creative organizing blog, here’s a little bit of background about Finish It Friday. The original idea was to decide to finish up a lingering project over the weekend…something that has been hanging out on your to-do list for longer than is comfortable. Over time this evolved into sharing our “fun” and “done” lists: stuff we’re doing for fun over the weekend, as well as all those less-than-fun things that simply must get done.

The end result of participating in Finish It Friday is an added dose of motivation to have fun and get some stuff done over the weekend. If you’ve never played along before, you’re invited to do so today. If you joined the 13 in 13 challenge, Finish It Friday is a terrific way to make sure you’re making regular progress on your goals. So I hope you’ll all join in the fun! 

A little change to Finish It Friday…

There is one little change I’m going to make to Finish It Friday now that we’re in our new home. Since the new blog allows for  replies to specific comments…I’m not going to do a Monday check-in post. Instead, we can all share our updates in the comments of the Friday post. Mondays are really crazy around here, so this change will simplify Mondays, which will increase the likelihood that Finish It Friday hangs around a bit longer. Sound good?

13 goals in 2013 update…

Before I share my weekend to-do list, here’s a quick 13 in 13 update. My January goal to read The Happiness Project is complete. I finished it earlier in the week, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I found it very thought-provoking and it was the perfect kick-off for my “happy” year. I didn’t really realize it, but by making happy my theme for 2013, I unknowingly embarked on my own little happiness project. (I must say, I’m pretty happy about that. :) ) So goal #2 is done. Goal #1, to run 500 miles, is right on track. Hooray!

This means I’m ready to announce my February goal—goal #3—which is to do Project Life in 2013. I’ve been taking photos and collecting all the necessary bits since January 1…and I’m ready to officially commit. I’ll share more about this goal, it’s meaning to me, as well as how I’m going to get organized for this (really) big project in upcoming blog posts. So stay tuned. 

checklist simplify 101Alright, it’s time to share my weekend to-do list:

Fun

  • Basketball game
  • Boot camp (maybe – depends on time of basketball game.)
  • Run 7 miles
  • Visit a friend
  • Wine night
  • Project Life – select, edit and print first batch of photos
  • Dinner with Jay’s family

Done

  • Target run
  • Laundry
  • Work on a simplify 101 project: 2 hours
  • Paperwork: 30 minutes
  • Plan meals and grocery shop 
  • Schedule dentist appointment

Whew – see why I needed a Finish It Friday? Lots to do, but I’m happy to see there’s lots of fun stuff on the list. (Hooray for fun stuff!) What’s on your to-do list this weekend? I’d love to hear in the comments. And I hope you have a terrific weekend! By the way, if you do participate in Finish It Friday, remember to check in right here in the comments by replying to your own comment. :)

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program
  • January 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I am so ready to have a productive weekend. I have a ton on my to do list:

    Take Christmas bins to storage
    Put away all Christmas wrap
    Copy paperwork for taxes
    Clear out Changing Table
    Pass off 2 scouting badges with Ian
    Clean off Dresser
    Put away clothes
    Finish Laundry

    Happy Friday

    January 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    So, lets just say I wasn’t productive at all~well, the laundry did get done
    And…we did clean the house.

    This week I must get done what I didn’t do over the weekend as I have a girls trip over the mountains to the snow this Thursday!

    Wish me luck…I CAN DO THIS!!!

    • January 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Hello again ~ I’m ready to get back into finish friday’s and think I will add in a stuck project each weekend for my get done list as part of my goal this year is to catch up on a few things.

      fun
      - family lunch to mark two birthdays
      - pull out baby scrap book supplies and build three page kits ready for making on a rainy day (this is my stalled project for this week)
      - sign up for photography course

      - S101 goals worksheet catch up ~ this comes under fun and done!

      done
      - finish putting locks on cupboard doors
      - online grocery order
      - clear some ironing
      - return some items

      January 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      quick update

      - family lunch to mark two birthdays ~CHECK
      - pull out baby scrap book supplies and build three page kits ready for making on a rainy day (this is my stalled project for this week) ~ CHECK
      - sign up for photography course ~ OOPS FOR NEXT WEEK NOW
      - S101 goals worksheet catch up ~ this comes under fun and done! ~ CHECK

      done
      - finish putting locks on cupboard doors ~ CHANGE OF PLAN, NEED TO FIND NEW STYLE OF LOCKS FIRST
      - online grocery order ~ OOPS FOR NEXT WEEK
      - clear some ironing ~ CHECK
      - return some items ~ CHECK

      • January 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        Fun:
        -video games and relaxed morning with my husband
        -popcorn and movie night tonight
        -Young Married group at my church on Sunday

        Done:
        -paint the ceilings of all our main living areas (hallway, entryway, living room, and kitchen/dining room) – this would be a big done!
        -get new tires on both of our cars – an expensive done :(

        January 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Erin will you come paint my ceilings please :)

        • January 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

          Yeah, Finish-it Friday! Love the new and spiffy look of your website, Aby! So much fun looking around. I am loving the free printables, thank you. :)

          Finish:

          *Laundry
          *Change bed linens
          *Vacuum + clean the inside of my car
          *10 miler race on Sat
          *Work on Goodwill donations
          *Update calendar
          *Meal plan + grocery list

          Fun:

          *Family pizza + movie night
          *DD’s first basketball game of the season
          *Dinner out Saturday night
          *Trip to the mall – exchange + purchase some new workout attire :)
          *Reading
          *Bake cookies or brownies

          • January 26, 2013 at 1:27 am

            Definitely need to organize my weekend… much more stuff on my done list than fun list weekend!

            Done:
            Grocery Shopping
            Misc. Errands
            Laundry
            Reading assignment for Sunday (one of my 13 in 13 goals!)
            Organize/Prioritize (in terms of time management)
            Set intermediate goals for some of my 13 in 13 goals.

            Fun:
            Write! (Make progress on another one of my 13 in 13 goals) (this counts for both fun and done)
            (I’m hoping time will permit for other misc. fun. We’ll see!)

            January 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

            Done:
            Grocery Shopping–check
            Misc. Errands–check
            Laundry–check
            Reading assignment for Sunday (one of my 13 in 13 goals!)–Kinda check. I got done what I thought was the reading assignment…. but apparently there was a part that I wasn’t aware of that was also part of it. Just have to make a mental note to pay better attention in the future
            Organize/Prioritize (in terms of time management)–check
            Set intermediate goals for some of my 13 in 13 goals.– check
            Fun:
            Write! (Make progress on another one of my 13 in 13 goals) (this counts for both fun and done) — check. Progress made, but not a whole lot.

            • January 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

              Thanks everyone for sharing your to-do lists! It’s fun to see you all here on the new blog. Have a great weekend! ~ Aby

              • January 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

                Congratulations on the move and upgrades, Aby! I look forward to exploring the new configuration.

                I’ll be working on the design of a book project this weekend, so that takes priority. Here’s the full list:

                DONE

                > Send files to my book project co-worker.
                > Make significant progress on the book design.
                > Laundry.
                > Handle some vacation rental details (another business that I operate).
                > Post-renovation cleanup outside. We need to schedule a ‘big trash pick-up’ on Monday and I need to get a gauge of what we shall be putting curbside.
                > My usual routine of 50 pushups and situps per day.

                FUN
                > Work on a quilting kit that I purchased from a fellow classmate of an S101 class, elisa of appleturnover.tv.
                > Read a bit of a good book that another fellow classmate of an S101 sent me, The Art of Fielding.
                > Yay for another episode of Downton Abbey on Sunday night!
                > I also hope to catch a bit of the SAG Awards red carpet on E on Sunday afternoon.

                I’m feeling blessed now for the lovely people that I’ve met here. :-)

                January 27, 2013 at 11:26 pm

                Sounds like a fun weekend, Cynthia. Thanks for the comments on the site and I’m thrilled you’ve met lovely people here. :)

                January 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

                Yes, I love the community here.

                My report:

                DONE

                > Send files to my book project co-worker. CHECK.
                > Make significant progress on the book design. SOME.
                > Laundry. CHECK.
                > Handle some vacation rental details (another business that I operate). CHECK.
                > Post-renovation cleanup outside. We need to schedule a ‘big trash pick-up’ on Monday and I need to get a gauge of what we shall be putting curbside. CHECK. VERY PLEASED WITH THIS.
                > My usual routine of 50 pushups and situps per day. CHECK.

                FUN
                > Work on a quilting kit that I purchased from a fellow classmate of an S101 class, elisa of appleturnover.tv. CHECK.
                > Read a bit of a good book that another fellow classmate of an S101 sent me, The Art of Fielding. CHECK.
                > Yay for another episode of Downton Abbey on Sunday night! CHECK.
                > I also hope to catch a bit of the SAG Awards red carpet on E on Sunday afternoon. CHECK.

                • January 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

                  What a great idea! There are so many little unfinished projects lurking around in my life that I could truly use a day to dedicate and get them done. I’ve been working on this headboard for the past probably two months now and I just need to plan and commit to get it done! It’s really easy to just let the week pass you by and all of the sudden the weekend is live and you’ve got no plan, no time, and nothing done – arrrrghhh!!!

                  January 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

                  Welcome to Finish It Friday! Hope you got the headboard done! :)

                  • January 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

                    Here’s my update!
                    >> Basketball game: Check, but they lost :(
                    >> Boot camp: No check. Too much with the 7 miles
                    >> Run 7 miles: Check
                    >> Visit a friend: scheduled for Monday night.
                    >> Wine night: Check!
                    >> Project Life – select, edit and print first batch of photos: Check!
                    >> Dinner with Jay’s family: Check!
                    Done
                    >> Target run: Check!
                    >> Laundry: Check!
                    >> Work on a simplify 101 project: 2 hours: Check!
                    >> Paperwork: 30 minutes: Check!
                    >> Plan meals and grocery shop: Check!
                    >> Schedule dentist appointment: They weren’t open on Friday. To-do Monday.

                    Whew – busy weekend! :) Hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks for playing along with Finish It Friday. See you agian next week. :)

                    • January 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

                      Love the new site – even if it took me until today, Monday, to get to it ;) Did a lot this weekend but no sense in making a list now LOL Bonus snow day today so trying to finish up my Project Life from last year!!

                      • January 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm

                        Finish:
                        *Laundry – DONE
                        *Change bed linens – DONE
                        *Vacuum + clean the inside of my car – DONE
                        *10 miler race on Sat – DONE
                        *Work on Goodwill donations – didn’t get to this
                        *Update calendar – DONE
                        *Meal plan + grocery list – DONE
                        Fun:
                        *Family pizza + movie night – FUN
                        *DD’s first basketball game of the season – FUN!
                        *Dinner out Saturday night – YES
                        *Trip to the mall – exchange + purchase some new workout attire – YES, found some cute things!
                        *Reading – YES
                        *Bake cookies or brownies – Yes, but had to go with my back up as my first batch didn’t turn out :(

                        • January 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

                          I just found your website and would like to offer one little comment. Your font size is a bit small to read comfortably at “computer distance”. It makes readers more likely to stay with your blog if they don’t have to squint to read your entries. I don’t want to appear critical, but some good blogs have gone by the wayside because of issues this simple. Lots of luck.

                          January 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

                          Hi, Deborah,
                          Thanks for your comment and suggestion. The way the site displays has to do with how we program things on our end as well as the resolution that is set on your monitor. You can use the zoom feature in your browser to make the site easier to read. Try clicking control and the + key on a PC, or command and the + key on a Mac to make the font bigger. (This will work on any website.)
                          Thanks!
                          Aby

                          • January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

                            Thanks everyone for sharing how your weekend went! Nice job Shannon, Hannah, Cynthia, and Keri with so much fun and done this weekend. And good luck getting everything done this week, Charmayne! Hope you have a nice weekend away. :)

                            Thanks for your comments on the site, SuzieQ! And I’m glad you had a productive weekend.

                            See you again on Friday!

                            Aby

                            • February 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

                              Gotta finish all my organizing projects ;)
                              Your site and all the useful tips make it so much easier!

                              February 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

                              Thanks, Andrea! Good luck with your projects!!

                              • May 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

                                I love love love this idea! I have so much to do and usually I try to space them out. Awesome idea!

                                • January 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

                                  This post is perfect for me, now that we are starting 2014 year! Congratulation for your blog.

                                  Thanks so much!