1.16.2012

Task Jar

Happy Monday readers!

As I've been reflecting on the blog and considering future posts, I realized it has been quite a while since I've updated y'all on my life.  Sure I post my day-to-day activities, but I haven't filled you in on some of the 'big' things that have been going on.

As you know I finished my student teaching in December and have now completed my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and my Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education.  Rather than trying to find a full-time teaching job immediately I decided that I would give myself a little time to relax and also get to know the schools in the area through substitute teaching.  Additionally, as I mentioned in this post, I was accepted into Teach for America in Memphis.  It was a big decision for me and I ultimately declined the offer.  I think TFA does really great things, however, I was hearing a lot of mixed messages from people I know currently in the program and because I am so happy with things the way they are now, I decided staying at home and pursuing a job here was the right path for me.

My plan was to give myself a break through the holidays and start subbing in the New Year...well I'm waiting for paperwork to process so that I can attend training, etc and have not yet started subbing as much as I would like.  I've had A LOT of down time, and am honestly getting a little stir crazy and ready to get back to work.

I've been trying to think of what projects or things I could do to fill my time constructively while I'm in this limbo phase and a big one has been to get organized.  I tend to be a neat freak (maybe even a tad OCD) but since moving home and being so busy with student teaching, Bryce, and friends, my room has taken the back burner.  It is a mess!  It also could use some serious TLC--not only do I have things crammed in it from my childhood but also things I accumulated during four years of college.  I really want to tackle my room face on, but when there's so much to do, the task can be a bit daunting and it's hard to know where to start...so now I bring you the idea of a TASK JAR!  I actually got the idea from Bryce's stepmom (they're planning on implementing one to make changes in their house).  The concept is simple--you fill a jar with "tasks" that you want to get done.  Her idea was that you pull a task out of the jar on Sunday.  You then have Monday-Friday to get any and all materials necessary for the task and make a plan.  Then during the weekend, Friday-Sunday you get the task done.  Most of the things in my room do not require a lot of time and planning ahead, so I'm stealing her idea but tweaking it for me.  When I have some down time to get in my room I'll simply pull out a task and plunge into it.

I cut up pink and green notecards to write down my tasks and placed them in a cute bowl I painted a few years ago:

My Task Jar

The tasks inside include:
  • Books (I have tons of books in my closet that I just need to clean out)
  • Shoes (I need to go through decide which shoes to keep, which to repair, and which to get rid of)
  • Teaching Books (the teacher at my school was nice enough to donate a ton of her old teaching books to me, I now need to go through them and decide which I'd like to keep)
  • Jewelry (you guessed it--what do I want to keep and get rid of?)
  • Desk (the drawer in my desk is basically a junk drawer--time to clean out!)
  • Under-the-Bed Storage (I have tee shirts, etc stored in drawers under the bed and let's face it, how many sorority tees do I really need now?)
  • Games (I store a ton of board games, etc in my closet and need to clean out)
  • Beauty Things (I can't tell you how many creams, etc I have that I just will never use)
  • Headbands and Hair Accessories (ditto the last bullet)
And last, but finally not least:
  • BLOG SALE!  I have some really great clothes (some even with tags still on them) that I am planning to get rid of, so I'm in the process of trying to organize it all into a blog sale!
What do y'all think?  Would you ever create a task jar?  I also love the idea of it being expanded to other things, maybe weekend activities you want to do with your family (bowling, movie night, cook dinner together, etc), for example.

What do you think?  How do you get started when you have a lot to accomplish?

Have a great day!

34 comments:

  1. Great idea, I must say it reminds me of the "Snap Jar." hahahaha I wish you much luck finding a teaching position. This is year **shhhh** 21 in kindergarten for moi! I love teaching my kinderGators today as much as I did my first year. Such a fantastic career; filled with smiles, hugs, and love each day.

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madam Spoiled

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  2. Great idea! I'm still addicted to my To Do list, however this might be great thing for me in my future! I have lazy days and maybe just pulling out one thing would be great! Good luck with your substitute teaching! They will be lucky to have you!

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  3. I think this is a great idea! I love how you made yours so cute with the pink and green cards. I do a similar concept but call them "Clouds" and clearing them lets the sun come through, and gets me out of my fog!!! It looks like you have your work cut out for you...I'm excited to hear all about subbing and your other projects!!! oxo

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  4. Congratulations on finishing up with school, I know that was a huge relief! I think the Task Jar is an amazing idea. It’s a very realistic and fun way to get big task accomplished. Good luck to you as your start substitute teaching!

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  5. what a great idea!it feels so good to get things cleaned up-this weekend i did my hall closet drawers and my pantry. i can't believe all the things i found and got rid of a big bag of items! love it.

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  6. That's a great idea! I usually have to-do lists scattered everywhere instead. Haha. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  7. I think the task jar is super cute and a creative way to look at things you are needing to get done! I'm looking forward to your blog sale too!

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  8. Love this idea! I'm a newlywed and when my husband and I bought our house right before school started, we just kind of threw everything in it. Now, a year later, I'm trying to reorganize one cabinet, drawer, room, etc. a day. It can get daunting because my list of things to do is very long. So now, I'm going to take your idea and just draw out one area a day to complete until it's completely empty! Thanks for the idea!

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  9. I need to do this! I also like the idea of filling a separate jar with date ideas.

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  10. thats a really good idea! I usually just write a list and look at it and sigh haha

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  11. The task jar seems like a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! I really need to tackle my room as well. I have things crammed everywhere and it didn't help matters that I moved home and brought things from 3 years of living on my own!

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  12. Great idea!!!!!!!! I have so many tasks to do, too.

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  13. I love the task jar idea! Definitely takes list making to the new level and adds a bit of surprise to chores!!
    Thanks for the link to your "tips for new bloggers", I will try and put them in action! I was following let the tide pull your dreams ashore for a while as well, so I can definitely relate to your thoughts! :-) Thanks again xx Stroods (The Big Stripe)

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  14. Look at you blogging regularly! Haha! This is a cute idea! I am just as much of an organizational freak!

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  15. I freakin' LOVE the idea of a task jar! I seriously am going to have to do this. And I love how all your notecards are pink and green :) My computer has been broken and I have missed your posts oh so much!

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  16. Aw, this is such a cute idea! I can definitely relate to having a messy/unorganized room after moving back home after college. Luckily, once I went to law school and got an apt, I was able to clear a lot of stuff out, but for the year I lived at home it took a while to get my room how I wanted it. Can't wait to see how the task jar idea works for you!

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  17. I think it's a really fun idea - and might be fun to do with my boys. I am notorious for not writing things down...and thus sometimes scrambling to stay organized.

    Also, love knowing your "big" picture. Be patient. The right opportunity will appear!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  18. That sounds like a great idea!

    I think you're wise not to pursue TFA :)

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  19. I love this idea and hearing about your plans. Seems like you are taking it slow and making the right decisions for yourself...can't wait to see where they take you!!

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  20. I tagged you in my post today (blogger tag)! Check it out here:
    http://classycarolina.blogspot.com/2012/01/blogger-tag.html

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  21. This is such a great idea! I have a list a mile long. Having one task a week seems WAY more attainable than tackling twelve in one weekend!

    Glad you are doing well! I really enjoy your blog updates!

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  22. That's such a great idea! I always have a task list. But doing one a week sounds way better than what I've got going on right now! Love reading your posts : )

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  23. This is such a good idea! I totally need to copy you on this to get pesky little things done around the house...

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  24. I miss you Allie! Cute post, your life soudns great, and congrats on graduating! Let me know when you are in Cville or get a little "home"sick ;)

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  25. tag :)

    http://sweetsouthernhearts.blogspot.com/2012/01/tag-youre-it.html

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  26. I LOVE this idea! There are so many things I need to do right now, so this is perfect!

    P.S. Thanks for your sweet comment! Sometimes, it's so hard to remember that everything happens for a reason, but I agree with you!

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  27. Love the idea of a task jar! It actually just gave me a great idea for my desk, which doesn't exist currently, strange, I know. Can't wait to see what you're going to be selling ;) Good luck with the jewelry. I've been in the process of cleaning mine out (and selling), and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Now that you're less busy, phone date?

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  28. This is a great idea. I typically make a list and cross things off as I go, but this looks much more fun!

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  29. I think this is a fabulous idea! Although I could see myself hiding it or throwing it outside or something, ha. I have SO MUCH stuff that I need to get done around my house and I keep saying, oh I'll do that one cold Saturday in the winter when I don't leave my house and I'm like Jana, it's mid-January, when are you going to get started!? Maybe I should try this :-)

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  30. I absolutely love this task jar! I'm definitely going to make one! Thanks for the idea! And I love your blog! Now following!

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  31. What a brilliant idea!!! I think it is just great girlfriend:)

    Hope your night is filled with blessings, XO

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  32. Ooh! I love that idea! That is brilliant! :)

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  33. Congrats on the Masters!! I am implementing a Task Jar ASAP in this house!! This country needs more enthusiastic teachers like you.as far as the salary goes..you will be rewarded in heaven!!

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  34. so cute! This is such a great idea. I need to do this and get more organized!

    xoxo.

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