I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions per say, but I do think that setting goals is a year round activity. I really like to write things down, lists, ideas, future projects. At work I have a notebook and at the end of every week I transfer over any long term project goals and new or unfinished weekly goals/to do’s onto a new page for the new week. This is great method for me while I’m at work since I always have my notebook with me in meetings and it’s always at hand as I’m working if need to jot something down. However this doesn’t really translate into my home life.
Constantly consulting a notebook at home feels too much like work. So does bullet journaling, but maybe I’m not doing right. If I make notes in my phone I forgot about them, out of sight out of mind. I write down blog and project ideas in a notebook, but I don’t look at it unless I need some inspiration. If I’m going to achieve these goals they need to be in my face.
That all changed when I was at an office supply store buying probably bristol board or markers for a project and I found washable markers for mirrors and glass. I immediately thought that it would be a great idea to write lists on the mirrored closet doors in my project room.
Here’s what you will need:
- Paper towel
- Washable glass markers
- Paper towel
- Glass cleaner
- Masking tape (optional)
- Stencil (optional)
The markers needed to be shaken before use and if they hadn’t been used before they need the tip to be depressed until the colour works it’s way to the end. I used a folded paper towel to do this as it would help protect the table. Always read the instructions to make sure that you are using the product correctly.
To start, I ripped off a strip of masking tape and placed it on the glass. I didn’t measure, I just tried to make sure that it looked level.
Using the tape as a guide, I started to write in the goals. To get thicker lines or to just even out the shape of the letters, I just continued to go over them until I was happy with the result. To start each line I used the star shape on the stencil. I kept moving the tape down for each new line and rotated the colours.
The beauty of these markers is that they wash off with water so if you make a mistake or don’t like the look of something, it is really easy to remove. Just to make sure that the area is free of smudges; once I’ve used water to remove the marker I just go over the area again with glass cleaner.
I also managed to lose a marker and get some on the carpet. I got to it while it was still wet and using damp paper towel I dabbed at it and luckily it came right out.
Here’s what the finished list looks like.
- Instagram three times a week – I want to try and get more content on to Instagram and want to reach three posts a week.
- Be more involved in the blogger community – This one is to try and get me out of my comfort zone. I’m a shy and introverted person. Even online I find it’s hard for me to get involved. I am going to start by commenting on blogs and pictures. There is so much great work out there and I’d like to express that with more than just a “like.”
- Work on Pinterest page – I started a Pinterest page when I started my blog and my Instagram, but I haven’t done anything with it. It’s time to change that.
- Grow the blog – I am very thankful and lucky to have people that take the time to read, like and comment on these posts. I want to make sure that I continue to improve as a blogger with my writing and my content.
- Learn new skills – I would like to devote some time this year to learning new skills and even increasing my knowledge of existing skills. This is also going to be something that is going to get me out of my comfort zone, but I know it will be worth the effort.
- Leave work on time – This is something that I struggle with. Somedays there is just too much to try and get done.
- Use more vacation time – This again is work related for my and I’m behind on using my vacation time. I need to get some things planned and some slips filled out.
- Try meditation – I’ve recently read a lot about the benefits of meditating. It can help you focus your emotions and learn to quiet your mind. I’d like to give it a go.
- Work on taking and editing photos – This year I want to take some time and experiment with techniques to take and edit better photographs.
What are your goals for the New Year and do you have any tips for me to stay on track to achieve my goals?
Thanks everyone for a great first year blogging!
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