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Mary Dougherty

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At the beginning of the year I wrote a list containing things I wanted to accomplish. I wrote it in a rather hurried fashion, adding a few items for good measure sometimes overly optimistic in myself…but I’m glad I put something down on paper. My list is fluid. I’m okay with adding and subtracting as necessary. Most of all, I like having these goals to keep things in perspective, and continue to fill my time with what I value. The year is one third of the way through, so I felt like it was time to check my progress.

On my list was to master cloth diapering, and today was the first day. I love flip’s bright colors. Most people suggest getting a few kinds of cloth diapers and finding what works best for you… but we just dove in and invested in flips so fingers crossed they are a good fit. While I only have a few list goals accomplished, the biggest goal wasn’t even on the list: having Daphne. I feel like I should write that at least 10 times so I get the satisfaction of checking it off extra times as well (it’s weighted more heavily than the rest, don’t you think?)

A year from now you will have wish you started today.”

I found that quote through Lara Casey, someone who fits more into each day and year than seems possible. I’ve followed her on and off for a few years and she is inspiring. Take a look at her site + this blog post if you are interested.

This year has already changed me a lot. My time became 10x more valuable when Daphne arrived. I’m challenged to be more efficient at everything.  I’m learning to prioritize my day and accomplish little things in addition to making space for big dreams and goals. I keep a to-do list by my side at all times to balance my unreliable memory, and cross off as many tasks as possible each day. Some days it comes naturally, other days it feels hard to accomplish anything. My next step is to make clearer work boundaries so that I am more productive in working hours and more relaxed on my time off. How do you manage the work / life balance – and get things done?

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