20 for 2020 is a continuation of 19 for 2019, which is an idea I stole from Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft’s podcast Happier (here’s the link to how Gretchen and Liz did on their 19 for 2019 lists). I think they actually started it with 18 for 2018.
I’m going to do 20 for 2020, which, I mean, how can you not? All the twos and zeros.
I haven’t made any further progress on my 19 for 2019 list since my last post, so in the end, I accomplished 14 of the 19 things I wanted to do in 2019. Three are still in progress (things 2, 6 and 16) and I will complete them, one I decided I didn’t really want to do (thing 14) because putting the systems in place to do it, rather than actually doing it, was more important, and I think I went some way to doing that. The other one (thing 10), I’m waiting on someone else so maybe I need to follow up.
Having learned from 2019, I’m going to include a mix of small things that I’ve been putting off for ages, longer term projects that I want to finish off and some new things that have just recently popped up in my life.
The first step was to look at my uncompleted 2019 things and decide if any of them need to be carried over into 2020. I’ve kept the photo project on the list (thing 16), getting my sewing machine fixed (thing 10) and completing the wellbeing program (thing 6), which will actually run again in 2020, so I will be able to dip back into that work as I need to.
I’ve also included two things that I did in 2019 and want to do again in 2020. And a whole bunch of new things.
Here’s the list
Carried over from 2019’s list
1. Complete my photo project
2. Get my sewing machine fixed
3. Complete the wellbeing course lessons from 2019 (and go back into this work over the year to pick up on things I missed last year or need to reinforce)
Repeated from 2019
4. Complete my 2019 weekly photojournal and put in place a system so that I don’t get behind with the photos again (I have kept up a lot better than I did in 2018 but I still have about 10 weeks of photos from 2019 to sort and edit)
5. Have an alcohol-free month
New for 2020
6. Complete the 21 days creative kickstart course I started at the end of 2019
7. Complete the Photoshop class I signed up for in 2019
8. Successfully complete my uni course and graduate
9. Use no camera other than my SLR with a single prime lens for 30 days and post a photo a day for the month
10. Ride my bike to work
11. Set up a mini studio at home
12. Finish the Bored and Brilliant challenge and write a blog post about it
13. Read the book Indistractable and do the activities it recommends (at work and home)
14. Develop and maintain a daily habit of reading for enjoyment
15. Redesign my study wall as a vision board
16. Have a hearing test
17. Learn to use my graphics tablet
18. Reorganise my sock drawer
19. Take a class in fermentation
20. Repot my orchid
21. Use the sprout jar
22. Commit to (and actually do) a monthly review every month
I know. There are 22 things on that list. Clearly maths isn’t my strong point or I have travelled in time to 2022.
Allow me to elaborate. The monthly review idea comes from Susannah Conway’s Unravel Your Year workbook, which is a lovely thing that Susannah sends out to her email list every year to help you figure out how you want your upcoming year to look. I’ve dabbled with these in the past and shoved them into a folder somewhere. This meant I never followed up what I wrote down in the early days of January and have come back to them 12 months later to find nothing I wanted for the year happened.
I couple of weeks ago I saw a post from a friend on Instagram about her starting her workbook and I commented that I never followed through with mine. She said she found the monthly reviews really good, which got me thinking about how staying more in touch with the book over the year might be key to actually getting the work done.
So I got it spiral bound at the local printers so that it looks more like a book and is a lot easier to carry round and write in than loose pages or putting it in a folder. I’ve been working my way through it over the last couple of days, pulling out some of the key themes to include as things for my 20 for 2020 list.
The monthly review is a way for me to remind myself to check in on how I’m doing throughout the year, along with my regular(ish) blog updates.
I just threw the sprout jar in as a thing at the end because it’s been sitting on a shelf looking at me forlornly (almost as forlornly as my sick orchid that is in desperate need of repotting and if anyone knows how to do this please help!) ever since I got it. I figure it’s a small thing to do, one that I have been putting off for months, and if I include it here I might have a chance of actually doing something with it. I didn’t have the heart to bump anything else off the list to make room for it, so there it is. Something I could probably do in five minutes, but it will probably take me six months to actually do.
So there we have it. My brand new list for 2020 with lots of fun and challenging things to do.