Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was pretty good! We had a nice adventure day at the Russian River yesterday, so I wasn’t able to do my normal Sunday Meal Prep. OH WELL!

I’m writing this late Sunday night…trying to get my head in the game for this coming week. Some of my plans last week were derailed because I wasn’t feeling 100%. I got a bee sting on my scalp that made all my lymph nodes in my head and neck swell up. I went to the doctor and found out that there’s not much I can do… it’s been quite annoying and uncomfortable so if anyone knows what to do about swollen lymph nodes, HELP. My doctor just said take Advil and it will go away eventually. Apparently I am supposed to get extra rest, but I’m having a hard time doing that.

Cooper is at camp this week, so I hope to accomplish a bunch of things that I didn’t get around to. I was able to use some of my time last week and clean up our garage and it made such an impact on my mental health.  This week I am going to try to find another spot that’s a source of stress and clean it up. Maybe I just need to wash the outside of my car? It is SOOOOOOO dusty/dirty right now. We’ll see. Here are my Intentions for the Week:


Intentions for the Week:

  • start my new bullet journal!!! YAY
  • check when DMV appointment is
  • yoga x 2 + hike
  • work on timeline for Etsy launch (before or after trip?)
  • straighten up makeup drawer
  • take pictures of vignettes around the house
  • grocery shop/meal prep
  • trip to the post office/write letters
  • finish spreadsheet of master house cleaning list/chart
  • order some clothes for school online/find a backpack for Cooper
  • finish Currently post for July
  • trip to the library- return books
  • go over school shopping supply list
  • give myself a pedicure
  • do a face mask
  • get haircut
  • take some classes at night on skillshare- I’ve got my eye on this one.
  • work on books (and upload photos for a new summer book)
  • plan blog posts for the next few weeks (anything you’d like to see???)
  • talk to CPA
  • enjoy the few last weeks of Summer
  • read more of Cheaper by the Dozen (really digging it so far)

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • LAUNDRY (worked on most of it)
  • yoga + hike (went for a walk- wahhh)
  • clean out fridge (it’s looking pretty bare!)
  • go through pantry/sort/organize (did a preliminary sort)
  • straighten up makeup drawer (didn’t have time)
  • work on recipes for the blog (tested out a smoothie recipe)
  • figure out what organizing projects to blog about (I have no idea)
  • deep clean bathrooms – wash shower curtain (deep cleaned 1 bathroom)
  • return library books (renewed/filled up with more books going this week)
  • empty out car/wash it (cleaned the inside/vacuumed- outside needs cleaning now)
  • work on a few art classes with Cooper (we did 1!)
  • trip into the city for an adventure with Cooper (went into SF for the Color Factory show)
  • delete photos from phone to clear off space   (deleted a bunch of old movies)
  • transfer photos to hard drive
  • tackle inbox (worked on it!)
  • be mindful about eating (was very good with the Thistle meal delivery)
  • drink more water
  • go through Cooper’s closet + donate clothes he’s outgrown (he made a pile of clothes)
  • eat dinner outside as much as possible (had two meals outside–not enough)
  • start forming post about succulents (still thinking about it)
  • work on zines/Esty shop stuff (finished a zine)
  • write letters to pen pals (wrote a few/sent them out)
  • work on  Currently post for July (finishing up this week)
  • KEEP HOUSE CLEAN (I tried/failed)


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What about you? What are you up to?

Leave your Intentions for the week in the comments to help get your head in the game!

  • Maggie

    If I can be so bold as to offer a suggestion for an organization project to blog about… I desperately need to get my desk in order and have nooo idea how to get started! So, if you have a desk that needs straightening, you’d make at least one reader very happy by documenting it!

    Love your blog. I hope your week is equal parts restful and productive, and that the swelling goes down quickly!

  • Scarlett

    Drinking lots of water, advil, and rest usually will do the trick. It’s so hard when you’re busy though. “Do the best you can” is just such good, simple advice that I needed to hear, I think! Any tips for fitting in exercise while working and trying to do creative projects? I always have good intentions to work out/walk/do yoga/whatever either in the evening or morning and work on a painting after I get home from work but I just get overwhelmed trying to mentally schedule it all that I usually get NOTHING done when I get home… 😐

  • Abby

    Oh no, that bee sting sounds awful! Sending healing vibes your way! My intentions this week are:

    – Sweep and mop basement floor
    – Finish setting up bedroom
    – Clean upstairs bathroom
    – Meal prep work lunches
    – Take out all garbage
    – Take puppy for long walks every evening


    My Intentions for the Week never change, makes it easier at my age! Theodore Roosevelt is my inspiration: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” I doubt that he was referring to intentions, but I like this approach. Hope you are recovering from that nasty bee sting.

  • Adie

    Sorry to hear about the bee sting, I can only imagine how uncomfortable that would be. Hope you enjoyed your day trip up to my ‘hood! The river is perfect this time of year, and Johnson’s beach reminds me of an old summer movie…
    About blog posts; not the sexiest idea, but I’m curious how you handle the litter box situation in your house. I can’t seem to find a good spot for it that is out of the way, and if you have any tips for keeping the area tidy.
    Have a great week!

  • Laura Z

    I am allergic to bees and will swell up all over my whole body when i get stung. Taking an antihistamine really helps speed up the reduction in swelling, but it might make you sleepy. One before bed might be just the thing. Hang in there!

    Also, LOVE Cheaper By the Dozen. One of my favorite books of childhood. You know about the sequel, right? It’s called Belles on Their Toes.

  • Jamie

    Well the week started with my little guy waking up sick Sunday then turning 5 yesterday and finding out he has strep throat (we’ll always remember 5), so while he’s feeling better already it has thrown me off a bit. Therefor, my intention for the week (I’m taking a page from your book):

    “Find another spot that’s a source of stress and clean it up.”

    = )

    • Tracy

      Oh gosh. Strep is no joke! Good luck with your week. I wish you the best!

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