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Monday, October 08, 2012

The One Thing

It's Monday... time for my weekly 'The One Thing' post!

I'm sticking with my resolution to accomplish one project or non-essential thing a day (i.e. laundry, dishes, my work, and changing diapers don't count).  This plan not only helps me keep getting little projects and errands done, but also prevents me from starting a dozen tasks a day and not completing any of them (anybody else have this problem?).

Each Monday I'll be doing a post summarizing one or more of the things I managed to accomplish in the previous week, just by sticking with my One Thing plan.

Since a number of you guys said you'd like to participate in a link-up for The One Thing, starting next Monday, you'll be able to participate and link to your own posts showing how Mark Twain and The One Thing are inspiring you to get all those little extra things done.

Last week, by tackling my One Thing a day, I managed to get out and get a new cream-colored tablecloth (I needed one big enough for our dining room table other than our white one, which felt too summery now that it's fall), get pumpkins for our front door steps, and set up an autumnal centerpiece on our dining room table as well as spruce up our mantel for the fall.

That's just some of what I got done last week... but it's brightening my day to see some seasonal decor around the house!


  1. I'd like to participate in the "One Thing" project, as well! Ugh, I'm the same way...always making lists of "to-do's" but only half completing them. A lot of the time, just thinking about blogging is a task in itself and I've been terrible about it. There is ALWAYS something to do around here, albeit, mundane, but still must be done (household chores, little fixes here and there, maintenance of ALL things in life..sigh). When you posted this idea a few weeks ago, I loved it! Glad to know there are others who go through the same things!!!

  2. Anyssa4:57 AM

    What counts as a One Thing? I'm keen but might fail daily!

    1. It can be different for everyone! The beauty of the One Thing is that it's flexible. For my sister, a mom of three young boys, it could be getting every last dish washed in a day. Maybe it's a homemaking project, or running an errand, or mopping floors (something I really need to do... ugh!). Some days my One Thing works out to be going out and getting supplies for a project and then completing the project; other days just getting out and getting the supplies so I can do it the next day is all I manage. It's just all about keeping me on track to start and finish one thing at a time, and to keep trying to do the little extras here and there as well as the necessaries for everyday life.

      Hey, for me these days, actually practicing my violin could count! (sadly... Nell doesn't like to let me practice for more than 30 mins at a time, and since I already feel I'm asking a lot of her for her to sit through some of the lessons I teach, I don't push the envelope much on that one.)

  3. Great series Sarah! I have a list making problem...perhaps too many things that need to be done. But, I like your idea of trying to get at least one thing done. Although, I might be tempted to count making dinner as my one thing ;-)