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Listography – Things I’d change about myself

August 10, 2011

Kate from Kate Takes 5 has done her weekly Listography and this time the theme is Things I’d change about myself. By way of clarification she says that the focus of this should be on characteristics rather than looks.

I decided the best way to do this was to scribble down a quick list and then use that as the basis for this post.

  1. Not give in to my sweet tooth as frequently as I do – I love and really enjoy eating sweet things, but feel I ought to eat them less often, for the sake of my teeth and my waistline. One area where I have made progress here is with chocolate. Proper dark chocolate has now taken the place of low quality sugary milk chocolate in my affections.
  2. Learn to stay focussed on one thing at a time and not be so easily distracted – I’m sure I could get much more done at home and at work if I wasn’t such a flibbertigibbert. The internet is really bad from this point of view. I have to close down twitter and e-mail and facebook to get anything done on a computer. And I have to close down the computer altogether to get anything else done. I was very impressed with my youngest sister Hannah who gave up facebook and her mobile phone and tv for a month and raised lots of money for charity in the process. She managed to do lots of reading and stitching during that month and even wrote real letters!
  3. Be better at remembering birthdays – this is something I’ve always been pretty hopeless at and sometimes people are very offended when I forget their birthday, as though it means that I don’t love them or care about them enough. This is one thing that the computer does help with. Between facebook and my online calendar there will usually be some kind of warning that a birthday is due and if I haven’t time to post a card it is possible to send the greeting via facebook or text or even audioboo.
  4. Think more carefully before buying yet another little thing – I should learn from H, who managed to save up enough for a deposit on our first house. Whereas I am a total spendthrift and buy lots of little things (magazines, books, bathbombs, flapjack) and a few more expensive ones (gadgets!) that can all add up to a scary credit card bill at the end of the month. Last year I gave up shopping for Lent (not that I’m religious but I’d just had a terrifying credit card bill and it seemed as good a time as any to try to get back on track) and then I was relatively frugal for a few months afterwards. Perhaps I should try something similar again? Again, computers have been a factor in making shopping so much easier and quicker (maybe I should delete the Amazon and eBay apps from my phone?). But the good news is that while I’m writing and reading blogposts I’m not spending money and I know I’ve spent less money over the last month or so that I’ve had this blog.
  5. Be more organized – specifically organize and declutter my stuff and my little boy’s stuff. As noted above I buy too much stuff, which is part of the problem. But we do have some nice things and it would be easier to find and use the nice things if I managed to do some clearing out and organizing.

Ok. That wasn’t too painful, and I can see a few ways forward. Will report back later in the year to see if I’ve made any progress. Now I’m going to look at other Listographies and see how they compare.

Is your list similar to mine? Either comment here or do your own post and add a link to Kate’s linky at the bottom of her post.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2011 6:39 pm

    Like your list. Good news that writing your blog means you spend less, that’s a great side benefit.

    • August 13, 2011 12:46 pm

      Thanks!
      Yes it is a good side benefit. I’ve told H that when I’m blogging I’m not spending money and he’s more enthusiastic about the blog now 😉

  2. August 11, 2011 1:04 am

    I’m definitely with you on #4. I do it the most with my kids. Its so hard not to buy them things. With me I mostly just eat out but rarely actually buy myself anything. Probably because the things I want are like an ipad and clothes that I can’t fit into =)

    • August 13, 2011 12:55 pm

      I just love buying little things for Aled, even though I get told off because he’s already got too much stuff. But immediately after I wrote that post on Wednesday I took 3 bags full of stuff down to Oxfam so that other people can have use of things that we now longer need. And I’ve set myself some targets for reducing the amount I spend over the next few weeks, in the hope that this will help me think more carefully about what I buy and whether we really need it.

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