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At the beginning of the year, I decided I would have a mantra for the year, rather than goals or resolutions.  For 2017, I decided it would be the year of “Accomplish” – what should I accomplish?  What could I accomplish?  What would I accomplish?

This is my look back and reflection on how I think this structure worked for me.

Work:

I accomplished the following things at work:

  • I organized and rearranged the office furniture to make the work environment more efficient and pleasant to be in.
  • I created, organized and implemented several reporting functions to ensure accurate accounting of multiple areas that are tracked in the office’s day-to-day roles.
  • I created and updated processes that were non-existent before I started in the position.
  • I took a reporting requirement that was 7 years out-of-date and worked it until it was current as of November 2017.
  • I coordinated a major scanning project with multiple volunteers to convert 10 filing cabinets worth of paper documentation into electronic format.
  • I was the lead credentialing person for a new facility that opened.
  • I assisted another facility in their processes while an employee was on leave of absence for 3 months.
  • I self-taught myself a major software component that was required by corporate to have in place by 2018; and completed 75% of the project before leaving the office environment for a new position.
  • I took a major certification test and am (still) currently awaiting results.
  • I applied for, was offered and accepted a new job.

I accomplished everything listed above while also doing my required job duties in only 28 hours a week (I was classified as a part-time employee).

Home:

I accomplished the following things at home:

  • Hun and I caught up our taxes.
  • We went on a cruise for our vacation.
  • I was able to convince Hun to FINALLY install smoke detectors in our house (they’ve only been absent for about 10 years).
  • We were able to get our roof replaced.
  • We have new a/c ductwork and venting, making our home more energy efficient.
  • I finished my mom’s “flamingo project”
  • I completed an afghan I started 17 years ago.
  • I started and have almost completed LaLa’s graduation quilt that was started 4 years ago.
  • We have started re-painting our house.
  • We bought a car for Monkey to drive.
  • We took LaLa’s old car to the salvage yard – finally! (it was beyond repair).
  • We had a major purge of our unused items and either sold the items or donated them to the Salvation Army.
  • We bought new living room furniture.
  • We have a new tankless water heater (the old tank heater was 21 years old and finally gave up the ghost!).

We accomplished all the above without going further into debt.

Personal:

I accomplished the following things mentally and personally:

  • I attended a mastermind group (I highly recommend this for anyone!)
  • I learned that if I “see” a finished product in my mind, that doesn’t mean it is actually completed (a huge revelation for my own self growth).
  • I learned to have self-respect and that by doing so, self-discipline will come (this is a work in progress!).
  • I learned that I need a personal “emergency stress protocol” – when everything goes to heck, I need a way to manage my stress (still working through this – thankfully, I haven’t had many stressful situations yet to test my current protocol to see if it works).

In looking back at the year, I accomplished a lot!  This was hugely successful in my mind and I plan to keep the momentum going into 2018.

I’m still looking for my mantra for 2018.  I’ll post about it next once I decide on the final idea that I want to strive for.

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Special Projects

My Mantra for the year is “Accomplish”.

What can I accomplish?

What have I accomplished?

What should I accomplish?

What will I accomplish?

I have attempted to be mindful of this mantra all year.

Whenever I am feeling down, I am attempting to redirect my thoughts to everything that I have accomplished so far and what I will continue to accomplish in the upcoming months.

There are some situations that this process does not work well with.  I’m dealing with one of those situations now at work.

I’ve accomplished a great deal at work in the last 7 months.  Special projects that were assigned to me that were in complete disarray when I first glimpsed them.

Most of the projects are still “works in progress” – they will not be solved overnight – or even within months.  The fact that progress is being made – that is the accomplishment that I’m most proud of.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” and neither will these special projects be completed in a month (or even, in some cases, a year or more).

So, why am I feeling a sense of failure?

That’s easy to answer – on the surface – I have a coworker who constantly questions my method and ability to complete these projects.  She has no interest in taking these projects over – it appears she just wants to nit-pick my methods and point out every mistake she thinks I have made.

That leads me to doubt my process.  I’ve made several mistakes in the implementing of my processes – some pointed out by others; some discovered as a result of just following through steps that I thought would work one way, but reality showed a different outcome.  Weeding out what does and doesn’t work is part of the process as well.  I welcome the process of improving my processes – that helps everyone.

So…why is her involvement in my projects causing this sense of failure?

I’m searching for answers on this and not finding them – at least not an easy answer.

In the past, I have been told that I need to “let go of my perfectionism”.  I don’t believe I am perfect – I do want criticism and constructive feedback on how to make a process better.

I do not appreciate being told “you are wrong – because I said so”; which is what I’m hearing from my coworker.

So – how do I change what I’m hearing from a place of negativity to a view of positivity?

Telling myself, “She’s trying to tell you your process needs improvement – she just doesn’t know how to say that in a constructive way” helps, but falls short of the mark for me.

Trying to read between her lines is tiring and exhausting.  I like to tell people, “I failed mind-reading class.”  Attempting to clarify what she is saying has backfired in the past as she responded as though I was attacking her and I’m hesitant to try again.

I cannot change her, I can only change myself.  So…how can I accomplish this?  Something new to add to my list of special projects.

Accomplished

I’ve been away a while.  I needed to be.  I needed to figure out what I wanted from my life and what I wanted to do with myself.

I’m still a wife and mother.  I still work.  I still have a home, bills and everything that comes with life.

I still have depression.  I am still searching for my own happy place.

I have been listening to podcasts more and more lately.  I switched jobs back in August 2016, which has lead to a longer commute (funny how 3 extra miles gained 20 extra minutes to my drive time).  These podcasts focus on productivity, time management, business, and simplicity.

Simplicity – it seems like such an easy thing to accomplish.  However, the reality is that it can be very elusive.

So, as I focus on simplicity, the theme that has come up more than anything is goals for the new year.  Resolutions have never really worked for me.  I wasn’t sure why, but one of the podcasts I listened to brought some clarity to me and I plan on exploring the thought process in depth in the near future.

So, if I cannot seem to make resolutions work for me, how can I set goals for myself for this year?  I turned my thoughts to my friend Kate.  Over the years, she has focused not on resolutions or goals, but mantras; usually one word mantras that define the focus for the year for her.  The first year I met her, her focus was “Saying Yes”.  Yes to those things that scared her, yes to going out, yes to whatever life threw her way – it brought her out of her comfort zone and led to a ton of personal growth.

So, how could I do the same thing for myself?

I focused on what mantra I wanted to go with.  The one word that kept coming to me in all of my thoughts, dreams and meditations was:

Finished

Finished?  Why would this word keep coming back to me?  I looked around me – at the unfinished projects, unfinished goals, unfinished dreams, unfinished plans – and realized that the word was pretty close to what I needed to do in my life.

But I rebelled against the word “finished”.  It sounds so final.  So defeatist.  So done.

I’m not done.  I have a ton of things that I want to do with my life.  Done is not what I am.  I am my own biggest life project and I’m not done!

So I looked up synonyms to the word finished – and one word stood out to me – Accomplished.

I have projects that I want to accomplish.

I have goals that I want to accomplish.

I have plans that I want to accomplish.

Some of these accomplishments are one and done.  Most of my accomplishments in life are lifetime projects – only steps of which are truly accomplished.

Writing out all of my projects, goals and dreams led me to a long list of items I want to accomplish.  Some of them are easy, some of them are important and some of them are pie-in-the-sky wishes.  But it led to clarity in what I not only need, but want, to accomplish this year.

Accomplished

That is my goal for the year – to accomplish what I set out for myself.  I have 4 goals that I want to accomplish:

  • Study for and pass my certification test
  • Complete my mom’s flamingo project
  • Assemble and finish LaLa’s graduation blanket (it’s only been 3 years!)
  • Complete the crochet blanket I started 17 years ago.

I am going to accomplish what I set out for myself.

I can do this.