January Greys

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ok, Happy Saturday! We have something to discuss. A state of the union if you will.  It's lengthy but I never make you read lengthy things so indulge me. Here goes: 

I think it's the general consensus around these parts (the blog parts) that January sucks, we're longing for a vacation, we've all lost our mojo, we're unmotivated, we're not taking pictures, we're not creating anything, we're not doing our to-do lists...how many of you have stuck to your new years resolutions? (Remember those? my pearly whites have been un-flossed for a week). So here's the deal, it's Saturday, it's a new day, you had your fun last night so let's get to work. Here's some easy steps to accomplish something this weekend - do it in one day or two.


(...for this weekend at least)*
*I say this weekend because we all know it's ludicrous to set goals for a whole year. For me...let alone 1 month. I need victories - small ones that build up over time to a place where I can look back and check that I'm actually not worthless...because remember that one weekend? I can do that again!   

1.Make a List. 
First, Sit down with a cup of coffee, close your computer and write out your rough draft "To-Do" List.  Organize your actions in to categories like "Computer Tasks", "Errands in Town" and "Household Chores". This will make it easier to conceptualize what you have to do where so that you can move through the list swiftly - cutting out extra trips. Then, make a master list...decorate it or something, so that it's pleasant to look at, make sure the writing is nice. Put "Listen to Bootstraps by the Dandies" at the very top. Trust me.

 2.Listen to Bootstraps by the Dandies. 
They only give a sample - it's exactly 1 minute. That's all you need, you have a to-do list to do!!! Turn it up and rock out. It will motivate you. (thanks @swissminx) They are this chipper group of Swiss guys now living in London - I don't care if you don't like them, that's not the point, listen to their words! Now cross it off and move on.

3.Do something for your body. 
Exercise. It's all about balance and it will clear your head and give you a fresher perspective. Go for a jog, take your dogs for a walk, yoga, do that workout dvd that you got for Christmas but you haven't opened yet. Shovel the driveaway...I don't really care, but get your blood moving and some fresh air. 

4.Get Ready.
You were supposed to have just exercised, now shower and make yourself pretty. I mean, wear a cute outfit, put on makeup and paint your nails- do what you need to do, you will feel nicer.  

5.Start your List! 
And finish things on it. Cross those mothers off. Start with errands (you look nice) and finish them all. Then check your email (say hi to me), then do your housework. Save the computer related stuff for last for when you can sit down with a glass of wine feeling accomplished that you've crossed off the majority of your to do list.  

6.Reward Yourself. 
Seriously, If you crossed off a large chunk of or finished your list then you deserve something nice like that happy meal you've been craving (ok that's me) or that new Trente Starbucks drink or whatever - or schedule a pedicure. Sure you'll still have stuff left over but it won't be clouded with the overall buzz of pesky tasks. Maybe you realistically have 5 or less undone things on your list (I have no clue) but schedule one a day for the next week or something. 



There you go! Happy weekend, see you Monday :)
 



 
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86 comments:

Girl about Oslo said...

Hi girl...
I love your list, and you are so right:)

I am completely lost my blogging mojo, but one good thing is that my blogg work is never done...

Making a lot of changes...but finally ..maybe getting order...

Have a great day girl:)

Moniek said...

Great idea girl, I really want January to be over, then we have Valentine's day (which is lovely). But after that I really want spring hahah!

Kristina said...

good list! will start workin on my to-do list right now, which includes points such as searching for vintage frames on etsy and bake a cake :)
have a nice weekend, liebe gruesse, kristina

Vanilla said...

Great list :) I have my list... ready...set...go :)

Love, vanilla

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Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

I'm putting on that song STAT! I think I have a little case of the January blues! Love this post, have a great weekend!

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Killer list. x hivennn. p.s enter my jeffrey campbell giveaway?

Mat said...

this all makes sense, very wise words. i'm pretty good with planning but the order is a winning formula.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I'm all about to do lists and rewards! You smart lady!

Leia said...

Thank you Krystal. I'm feeling absolutely horrible. I was out all day running errands, got home at 7 and crawled into bed with the intention of staying here for the next month. But now you've got me feeling motivated and awesome again! Thank you!

Leia

Design Elements said...

I like your list! HAve a fabulous weekend! Hug

Collette Osuna said...

January totally suxx, lol....nothing like being stuck in the house basically for three months:(
great tips for the winter blahs:)

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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh I have a list! This whole weekend is one big list and it's all organized on my iPhone so I can gather the troops and send them memos- ok, really so I can forward to my husband- but I have often felt like my
Life would be easier if I could forward my monkeys lists!
I will check that song out!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Love it! This should be a guide for beating the WINTER grays, yuck!

M said...

must make it through winter.must make it through winter.

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

Audrey Allure said...

Such a great list :)

styleonthecouch said...

What FANTASTIC advice to beat the blues. I loved the song (I have several songs just like this for beating the blues too! Can't beat good tunes...)

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Cupcake said...

Oh you said it...January sucks. But that's right, we need to pick ourselves up and get on with it! Great post.
Cupcake

Croatian_Latina said...

you are right, we have to be realistic with our goals. yesterday I went to work out. it felt good. today I feel like staying indoors (due to weather) but the sun is out and I really should go and do something, throw some snow, make a tiny snowman. just do something! thanks for the encouragement, we all need it.

E said...

Love it! The January greys have definitely been going around, and this sounds like a great (and realistic) way to conquer them.

Reyna @fashionmist♥ said...

I love this! Great post! xx

ellie said...

Definitely, some wonderful ideas. Yet, I feel like sleeping in..I'm afraid. More snow on the way. Here.

Kelly Leigh said...

Hi!! I'm so getting my butt in gear! Thanks for the motivation!

Kellie Collis said...

Loving your list! Truly inspiring! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

Josie said...

Brilliant! What a perfect way to get organized and beat the January blues.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

this is amazing and this is why I love you :)

And I even listened to your stupid song. haha. kind of liked it!

I knew you were a list person...so am I!! It's calming ;)

Brina said...

I also listened to the song. Thought it was cute.

I recently read an article that said your to-do list should be 6 items or less, to keep you from feeling overwhelmed and giving up. But I think the way you categorized the to-do list would also make it easier to accomplish things without feeling like its impossible.

Great post. I like when you write a lot! :)

Catita said...

seriously? Have you been secretly spying me and then entered my mind and realise I do procastinate to often and then decided to inspire me by posting this? Really girl, I constantly need to remind myself to get more done and regarding the showering and looking ute, this is coming together, the rest is slowly coming!
xoxo
Catita

My Republic of Fashion said...

I am loving this post. Take care of your body and reward yourself are the ones that I like the most!! :)SarahD

Anna Walker said...

Wooohooo! I LOVE your list! :)
Seriously!
I also like making To-Do lists! It's a bit of a problem!
Have a great weekend!

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MarchMusings said...

Great post, Krystal. Jan really is a funny month with the holidays over and the next break far,far away.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Great ideas! January is definitely a depressing month.

Fashion Cappuccino said...

You definitely gave me a motivation to get off my butt and do my laundry! Then I need to take a shower and go to the salon for a haircut, then I'll take a walk on the beach to stare at the cute volleyball players and then I'll go home and blog :-) xoxoxoo

Pearl said...

Love the list, and having done many of those things today (I am a list believer as well!) I'm thinking a treat is in order.

Hmm. Massage sounds nice...

Pearl

Eva said...

Thanks for the optimistic/positive post! I love your #3. And I'm off to listen to the Bootstraps now!

La Boheme said...

Way to go darling, way to go!!! I am a big fan of rewarding myself with food too and looong showers! xoxo

Joanne Faith said...

We have holidays all though January in Aus/New Zealand... so January is actually my favorite part of the year! ;) Ok, cheeky-ness aside... I think that your ideas rock and I'll definitely be doing this next time I feel a bit down in the dumps!

Lrc said...

Good thoughts here...January is blahhsville and it takes some concentration to get things done. I definitely bribe myself to get things done...it works!

SucceedingatFailing said...

I LOVE this list!! I'm off to do every single thing on it now :) I know exactly what you mean about January blues (including complete lack of exercise!) I've just been needing a kick up the butt to get myself motivated and you have just adminstered that admirably! thank you! :)

Leigha said...

You always know just what we need to hear. Thanks dear.

Leigha

rachel! said...

I love this. This is how I live my life. I completely & fully agree with each one of these steps... except for maybe the song, which I don't know, but the concept... YES!

abigail oliveros said...

this is great!! like seriously, we have lost our mojo. its the new year and its straight to work and no rest until...well months from now.
this, this is quite entertaining. i love it!

you're amazing,
love abigail

Jacqueson said...

I've been slowly trying turn to turn my type B ass into a type A. it's hard and i'm lazy.

Sandra Leiva said...

Great idea and interesting post as always!

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Jenni Austria Germany said...

it's true - exercise makes you so much happier!

Nanne said...

Hi Krystal! Great advice, I love lists! (I'm a list person). Tell me about losing your mojo - I decided to quit my two previous blogs and start a new one, and it actually helped:) Have a nice Sunday!

Comewhinewithme said...

Thank you for this! I think all bloggers needed this little boost now. It's sad to say but January is an awful month! I'm just longing for spring, summer, vacation and tanned skin. Well, well this helped me a lot! I love lists:-)

design traveller said...

I started a new joga course and really enjoy it :D

Coco Coterie said...

All great ideas. I've always exercised for health...and vanity. :) There's no worse feeling than going to the pool and feeling like you should have worked that body harder. Mr. Coco and I love going to "our" restaurant about every Saturday afternoon for some champagne and something delicious to eat. We both work hard, so we know it's important for us to use the weekends to pamper ourselves. Even perusing the decorating shelves at the bookstore brings me great pleasure. Have a great day ~ xox Alexandra

Chuzai Living said...

Great list! Exercise is always good! Sometimes it's hard to motivate myself to go exercise, but once I do, I feel more motivated to do more! What a great list! I wanted to organize my photos over the weekend, but I didn't get to do it... Sigh... I need to get better about making a list. Thanks for this! How was your weekend?

kirstyb said...

like the reward myself part ha x

Stephany said...

This is such a great post! I always make a big master list on Fridays with all the homework, cleaning, and blogwork I need to do for the weekend and following week and then break it up into smaller bits, giving myself a break once I finish up those bits. :)

Dressing Up For Me said...

I don´t usually make a list because I tend to procrastinate but I really should make one to get things going and done!

Sophia's Lover said...

Welcome the goddess of the moon and the night,
Bless us with wisdom, bless us with might.
Give us tonight, the power to heal,
The power to release the magick so real.

...thanks!...lovely girl!

Jamie said...

I put several of these to the test this weekend - and I have to say I feel much better and more in control.

Lady Grey said...

Thanks for the encouragement... I needed that!!
oxo

Carly said...

Couldn't love this post anymore:)
So TRUE!
I am going to go to the gym tomorrow DAMMIT!
and then get prettified for when the hubs comes home from work:)
C

Lynn said...

i've been feeling the january blues too. can't wait for spring to begin. i really like that this is a weekend accomplishment kinda thing...since i've discovered it a bit late, i'll save for the next one! i'm all about organization, so this totally works for me. thanks for taking the time to write it. happy sunday remainder lades. ♥

Style, She Wrote said...

Very helpful post! I could totally use this right now. It's so blah in NYC! xo style, she wrote

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Krystal, This is much needed for the January blah's!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Flourishing Networks said...

I love this so much, that I have printed your post to get me going for January its all about getting started:) great post!!!

modanista junkie said...

Lovely list and thanks for sharing!! So helpful. :)

xoxo,
melrod

stace said...

wish i would have read this sooner! the weekend's nearly over! :)

Grace said...

This really works!

Love Grace.

LyddieGal said...

Okay, So I listened to the song. (found the whole thing here.

I wrote the list.
I shoveled.
I painted my toes.
I got dressed.

and that's where I sort of fell over. One of the things on my list was to organize my folder of photos that has 12,346 photos in it. which I worked on for about an hour and then got exhausted.

And that Trente is insane.

Chic on the Cheap

mienkintoshfairie said...

This is a great idea, especially for the list-insane like myself! This listing sounds a bit more fun than the ones that I make,lol. Thanks for sharing with us

chaoskontrolowany said...

Great post:)

Sara Louise said...

This is a great way to get up and go! :-)

Alina A. said...

I admit I`ve been incredible lazy this month..thanks for the tips!xx

http://www.theprovocativecouture.com/

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh sweetie, this is so needed. January couldn't be longer and those are such a great tips...Im going running tonight with Balazs and I cant wait! Btw: I watched the British Office a few years back and now we are watching the US one...There is something so cool about that series that I could just watch it over and over again..haha
Kisses,sweetie

Jennifer Scavone said...

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Ciao!

its simple love said...

You are just lovely. Thanks for the tips! I sure do get down in the dumps in January. But I am sure these lovely little tips will help! I have a goal of being more active and I am definitely going to implement the reward system there... :)

Rachael

Sara Szatmary said...

I needed this! Thanks for sharing darling!

sherri said...

you make it sound so easy. love "cross thos mothers off" somethin' for you at my pad...
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Nikki said...

Seriously those trentes are ridiculous. If I've just done my nails...how am I to finish my do to list? It has rubbish stuff like bleaching the bathtub. I think I'll skip to the wine ;)

Kristin said...

I totally need to get goin' on #3!

andrea despot said...

what a great little list to beat the blues/greys!

andrea despot said...

what a great little list to beat the blues/greys!

this is me. said...

can i skip #1-5 and start on #6 instead? love this post though.

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I am a list lover so I am with you on all points. January has kind of sucked so a little something would be nice.

Michaela said...

Lovely idea for a post!
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jennifer / my little adventures said...

haha, love this post. i too had a new years resolution to floss my teeth daily for the rest of the year. that lasted exactly one week.

ag. said...

Oh my gosh. I have been avoiding the blog world because I have been unmotivated, not doing anything, not creating anything just as you suggested, it's like you read my mind! And then comes the list...I am loving it, thank you SO much!!!

LAURA!!! said...

OOOh my. I needed this.
Thank you darling.

little t said...

I love this- this is my new plan for life x

t

Oh, My Darling said...

Such fantastic tips, Krystal!

Lauryn said...

This is a brilliant list, especially for those of us living in the dreary and frigid midwest this time of year! The January greys can be pretty painful sometimes, but these simple little things can make a world of difference. Thanks for sharing!

 

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