1. My not-yets are nearly limitless. I would love to build up my endurance and run longer. I also want to start a compost bin, but I have had that goal for like three years. There are many other things, but I’m working on it!

  2. I am definitely “not yet” in terms of starting to spend my emergency fund when needed (yea – twitchy describes it pretty well!) and to start spending down retirement accounts to fund our “gap years”… I haven’t come up with a word for that yet! But twitchy doesn’t do it justice at all! Keep up the running! I am not a good runner at all (swimmer at heart!) but I ran two marathons (SLOWLY…yep, think total “slow jog”) and it was the biggest high of my life. And the playing piano thing, yep – me too – and I just wrote about that yesterday. Too funny!

  3. I love, love, love this grading concept! Thanks for sharing.
    My not yet is exercising consistently. We’ll go on a 100+ mile hike one week, then sit around for the next week. But we’re getting better at other things, so it’s all a trade-off.

  4. We have a few long-term plans that are “not yet”s including Tim’s dream car. That had to get pushed off when we needed to replace our last car unexpectedly. So we’re starting from scratch.

    I think I found the most success when, rather than remove failure, I just accepted that it was okay. As a depressive, I see failure everywhere even without grades or a specific timeline. So I just accepted that it can happen and probably will — and that I need to either try again or focus my energy elsewhere.

    • Yup! I guess that’s been the big shift for me. If I fail once, so what? I mean, it’s awful and I WILL beat myself up over it. But if I keep going, it’s not a permanent failure. In the past, I’d always approach something like running and say, “If I can’t do X by Y, then I can move on to something else.”

  5. Well, some of my recently improved are also some of my not-yets. While I’m not up to running, I have been trying to increase my walking distance and speed. I was doing really well last year, but have kind of slumped back. I’d also like to get back to decluttering the house with the dream of keeping it organized one day. It’s good to think about the not-yets and make a plan to turn them into recently improveds.

  6. I love the idea of Not Yet. Life is a continuum of skill levels that go up and down according to how you are focusing now. I’m not yet a skilled driver, but I will finally take drivers ed before marrying my girlfriend. She cannot drive and I want to be more comfortable driving us if it is ever necessary. Of course, she is not yet agreeing to marry me either, but that’s another day…

  7. I also have terrible trouble with the idea of spending an emergency fund. If I put money into a savings account there better be a damn good reason for it to come out.

    My not yets-health, travel, keeping up with the languages I took in college. I try to do something each day for at least one of them (drink plenty of water, walk to work, read the BBC in different languages) but nothing consistently. Not yet.

  8. Hi there, my first time on your blog here! I’m in the same boat in regards to running. I also have a hard time running for a longer period of time, I always have to slow down to a walk before I can run again. I have been practicing this summer though! anyways, cheers!

  9. The vege garden. No point starting it in winter (southern hemisphere…)

    Bigger house renos. No cash just yet.

    Baby. Likewise.

    Getting back to playing guitar. Just don’t feel like it right now – comes and goes!

  10. I have plenty of “not yet”s, but the biggest one for me is finally believing we have “enough”. I know it, but I don’t KNOW it yet. I’m really working on it. It’s hard to turn off the message that “more is always better” and that our default is always money/possessions as opposed to what really matters: relationships, a life of purpose, love, giving, joy.

  11. There are a few things on my Not Yet list. The timing for them is mostly related to available (or rather, not yet available) finances.

    However, I recently moved an item that’s been sitting on the Not Yet list for many years to the Now list. I’ve gone back to university! I could never justify it before because the area of study was completely unrelated to the work I did but now I work for myself, I figured I no longer need to justify it. 🙂

    So, Not Yet lists aren’t necessarily Never lists…

  12. Our not yet is doing a professional qualification to further my career. I’m ABOUT to start it, but I haven’t yet. It will hugely help in the years to come. And will definitely help our finances 🙂


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