What’s the Simplest Version You Can Do Today?

My first YouTube video, my first vlog post.

I’m back from my December break and ready to try something new in 2017.Β  I’ll be posting a short video on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month while I do more work on the administrative part of my blog and learn new technologies (like YouTube).

I wish you all a wonderful start to 2017 and look forward to learning from you all through our discussions on Blue Ocean Families blog!

If you watched the video, please share which thing you have been delaying because you can’t do it “properly” and how you plan to get the first version going today!

22 thoughts on “What’s the Simplest Version You Can Do Today?”

  1. Did Daniel choose not to participate? πŸ˜€

    I really like the -don’t make it beautiful, make it functional- idea. Great idea.

    I’ve been delaying my winter declutter, so today I will *just* work on clearing my horizontal surface hot spots.

    1. Well, if making it beautiful is half the fun, then go ahead and make it beautiful, but for me adding the requirement that it looks good is a huge barrier.

      Haha, I didn’t even notice when doing the video that Daniel hadn’t done his yet . . .

      Hooray for clear hot spots!

  2. I love the way each person’s section reflects his own personality — at least for the older ones. Bappe: artistic and beautiful; Mommy: neat and functional; Vivienne: bursting with energy and color; Joseph: I’d rather be doing origami but Mommy wants this so I’ll copy her and just get it done.

    1. Haha, so true, and Joseph wrote his name in Daniel’s spot and Daniel couldn’t take Joseph’s because it was too high up for him to reach. Yesterday I pasted a red sheet of paper over Joseph’s and hung it back up to fix the next time we had a moment.

      When I came down after quiet time I saw the chart on the kitchen table and the markers scattered about. Joseph had put his name in the right spot and this time copied Bappe’s style and Daniel’s name was started. Sometimes the kids are too sweet and thoughtful than I can bear!!!

  3. Okay, you’ll love this one because it is so typical of me. I’ve been experimenting with mind maps as a way to discover and display my goals for 2017. I spent a lot of time trying to find the right mind mapping software for that purpose, and still have not found what I want. I haven’t totally given up, but I threw up my hands and now have a number of single-color, very messy, scribbled sheets of paper from which I’ll be lucky to read my handwriting when I finally figure out what to transcribe them to.

    But I also have a much better idea of where I want to go in 2017, and I’m still making progress.

    1. Great! Progress, even if it doesn’t look like you’d hoped.

      I’m excited to share my own new trick for keeping my goals visible. It would be fun if it worked for you, too! Stay tuned!

  4. Normally, I prefer toto read ratherrather than watchwatch or listenlisten to blog posts, but it was soso funfun toto see andand hearhear youyou, dear sistersister! Ugh, my kindle isis acting upup againagain andand I don’t feelfeel likelike editingediting.

    1. I’ll leave your post as it isisis because it made me laughlaugh and reminded me of the geesegeese in Charlotte’s Web. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for bearing with me. I know many of my readers prefer the written word, but this way I can keep producing content and still work on my other goals. We’ll try it for a while then everyone can share his opinion on my next reader survey. πŸ˜‰

    2. Haha! I couldn’t figure out if maybe Janet had been stuttering in the video and I hadn’t noticed and you were poking fun.. .but then I saw it’s your kindle. πŸ™‚

      p.s. Janet, you are so beautiful, I love seeing your beaming face! I wish we lived closer!

  5. Wish I could post a picture of the chore system we’ve used for some time now (after trying so many others, some much prettier)! It’s recycled popsicle sticks in recycled PlayDoh and chip containers. It makes your chart look rather elegant! But, hey, it works. πŸ˜‰ Think some day I’ll manage to add decorative stickers and hot-glue ribbons to the PlayDoh cups? Only in my dreams…

      1. Same as yours, essentially. Each child has 2 matching cups and their own set of sticks with a chore written/pictured on each stick. When a chore is done, they move its stick to the opposite cup. πŸ™‚

  6. It was nice to see and hear you, at least in a video! It’s fun, it gives something additional to the written blogs. I like your topics and find them inspiring! All the best to you for the new year!!

  7. Realization: a huge factor in my “slowness” in getting things done boils down to decisions. And the decision problem boils down to perfectionism: everything from how to word a text message “just right” to choosing a gift bag that is “PERFECT” for a friend’s birthday gift falls victim to it!! All these small decisions are like drag-weights on a boat! (No wonder I’m exhausted trying to pull through each day!) Any advice on how to make a quick decision AND keep peace with it?? (I’ve been known to go back and re-decide multiple times!!!) πŸ™‚

    1. I completely relate. I wish I had a better answer, but in my experience it really is a matter of practice. You’ve made the first step, which is to realize what the problem is. The next might be to make the effort to only handle things once. Don’t set it down because you don’t know what to do about it, but force yourself to decide. I used to repeat to myself “every out of place item represents a delayed decision” and try to decide what to do. It helps to separate the decision from the action if the action could be potentially hard. This way you at least make progress. Ideally we learn to decide and act, but first things first.

      Another place to look is at why you feel the need to be perfect. Are you afraid your friend won’t like you if you don’t give her the gift in the perfect bag? Do you really think your friend is that selfish and ungracious? If so, is she worth all the effort to please? I’m guessing the most of the perfectionism comes from expectations you have for yourself but aren’t from the outside. Again, once you identify part of the source you can work with yourself slowly.

      Perfectionism is a hard problem to weed out, but it is of utmost importance that we work on it so that we don’t pass it on to our kids. We want to model God’s grace not a doctrine of works, which is really what perfectionism boils down to.

      Be strong, and be patient. It can’t change overnight, but it can and will change if you work on your self-talk at least once every day.

  8. Ugh, perfectionism. It took me a long time to realize that I am a perfectionist, because I’ve always thought my standards are too low. (That’s a terrible combination!) But I’m learning that what’s seen from the inside and what’s seen from the outside are often two different things. Sometimes what others see is worse than what we see, which can be hard to take, but I believe that what others see is most often much better than what we see. If we remember that, it can help break through that nasty I-can’t-do-it-if-I-can’t-do-it-to-my-standards barrier. Two examples: (1) I know a very bright person, who from — if not her youngest days, at least from her first experiences with school — was convinced, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, that she was stupid. Total disconnect between perception and reality. (2) I recently received a beautiful, PERFECT e-mail that made my day — from someone who began and ended what she had to say by apologizing for the attempt to get something done without doing it the way she wanted to.

    You know who you are. πŸ™‚

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