Hi August. Where did you come from, you sneaky little bugger?? 😁Seriously though, it feels rather impossible that it’s August. Like, 3 months from Halloween? Practically Christmas season??!
Apparently time flies for me regardless of whether I’m super busy or super not busy. Correction- I think I always find a way to be “busy”. Probably just my personality, or something like that. Yes, we have done more “sitting around” than usual, you could say, but I’ve never felt bored, not even for a minute really. There still seems to be plenty to do, just between the house and kids and work and life. So I guess the time still seems to fly. Oh well.
Weekly Recap: Google Calendar for the Win
This felt like a pretty solid week for me. The biggest accomplishment I think was that I planned my days in advance, all 5 days, and for the most part I stuck to my determined schedule!
Many days I planned the next day the afternoon before, right at the end of my work day. I spent a few minutes thinking and then entered any commitments + other stuff I wanted to get done tomorrow in time blocks on my calendar.
It felt amazingly refreshing to know that I DID have time in my days for both work and leisure and/or household activities that I wanted to get done (AKA- stuff that matters, see above!).
Using my time more strategically probably sounds very dull and not very spontaneous, but it actually feels so good! It allows me to do more AND enjoy my time more, since I’m more aware of where my time is going without feeling over stressed or hurried.
I love the feeling of knowing that I have time scheduled in my day to work, time in my day to go on a walk, time in my day to review my checking account, time in my day to mop the kitchen floor, whatever.
30 minutes to read doesn’t usually magically appear in my day. But, if I know that after work at 5 pm I’m planning to read outside for 30 minutes before starting to make dinner…guess what I’m more likely to do at 5 pm?? (Obviously, things can come up and no schedule is perfect- but making realistic plans for the day is at least the first step for me).
For the most part I’m a pen/paper girl for my day planner but I like using Google Calendar for scheduling daily details like this. I love having it open on the sidebar on my desktop, so I can glance at it throughout the day and see what’s up next. I’m definitely going to make an effort to keep using it more often!
|I like knowing there is a little time block on my calendar that tells me to “sit outside and sip my tea” between 5:15-5:30 a.m. I feel zero guilt doing this when I know I have time for it. 🙂|
On a random note: I saw this cute little pic online this week…and as someone solidly in the 5 am wake-up camp, it made me giggle:
I am grateful for my flip flops. Really! I wear them every day in the summer and I just love slipping them on my feet and off I go. It’s like being barefoot but not “actually” being barefoot. 🙂