Update On My List Of 500 Things To Do

I wrote a few months ago about how I wanted to get into a habit of doing certain periodic tasks around the house.

I haven’t given an update in a while so I thought I’d check in and give a quick progress update.

Essentially, January and February went great.  March even went pretty well too.  In fact I was doing about 60-70 tasks per month, as I found other items that needed to be done and incorporated those into the list.

Then I got hit with a big work project in April and it required me to do more driving, so I was home later every day.  Only got about 30 done in April.

Then it really hit.  In May is when we began working with the camper, getting it ready for the season and just getting to know how it works since it was our first year having it.  Now, we’re adding trips and such and I’m embarrassed to say that I maybe got 25 tasks done in the last two months.



I didn’t do a full count but I’m estimating that through the first six months I’m at around 275 tasks completed.

Which is still above my projected total for the year.  But, I can tell you that I know July, August, and September are going to be just as busy, so I’m guessing if I plan on hitting 500, I will likely have to have a very productive fourth quarter.

And since a lot of the stuff I wanted to get done isn’t getting done, there should definitely be a need to get things done.

I’m a little bummed that the pace has slowed so much but it sort of makes sense.  I even remember that Mrs. Beagle predicted this around February, saying “I hope you’re not planning on getting all this stuff done when it gets warm.”

I think I ignored her, probably because although in my mind I was thinking “‘Course I’ll get it all done,” a part of my likely knew better.

I still think it’s a great idea and plan on sticking with it the best I can, but it’s a rough road over the summer to get stuff done.

But on the upside, that means we’re doing fun stuff!

8 thoughts on “Update On My List Of 500 Things To Do”

    • Many of the tasks are simple things like ‘Change the furnace filter’ that don’t take much time. It does add up. It’s just staying on top of those so that clutter and dirt don’t get a hold in places where they commonly do otherwise.

  1. %00 sounds overwhelming! I think I would match the appropriate portion by month or week and tackle a much smaller number. It seems it would be less daunting and easier to succeed. Perhaps a different viewpoint.

    • As long as it keeps you motivated to go on and do the next one, there’s nothing wrong with that.

  2. Great job on the progress, that’s a lot to accomplish. I haven’t been doing so great on the things I wanted to accomplish this year, but there’s still time. 🙂 Keep up the great work.

    • Thanks. Staying motivated in the summertime is very difficult. Hopefully it’ll pick back up in the fall.

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