My plan for February was fairly simple. It fell under three headings: family organisation, clutter and writing. With only a few things to focus on, I have actually made progress!
I had one goal for February and that was to fill in the family calendar. And I did it!
I’ve tried different ways of doing our wall calendar over the years and what I’ve found simplest and most effective is assigning everyone a colour. This means I don’t need a special family calendar with enough columns to cover the five of us plus a family events column; not so easy to find!
I then use stickers, in the assigned colours, to highlight the ‘one off’ events like doctors appointments and random Spirit Days at school.
Everyone can look at the calendar and find their own stuff, and I’m noticing the boys checking it more and more. And, we’re forgetting less and less!
I’d love to say that it had been entirely successful, and although it has helped me feel more in control, it didn’t stop me from forgetting to take the boys to the dentist last week. Completely forgot.
Hey ho, onwards and upwards.
Kids clothes. The pile of too small ones just grows and grows, doesn’t it? My pile had got completely out of hand.
Now, although I haven’t managed to get it all out of the house yet, it is sorted, organised and bundled. My reading corner is not such a distant dream, and I’ve chosen my new chair. Hopefully by the end of March this goal will have been completed and my reading corner will be no longer be a nice-to-have but a reality.
I have found it incredibly satisfying to work through this task. And, remarkably liberating, as I have let go of so much stuff. Granted, not all of it – my favourite kids outfits have been put aside to keep – but the vast majority has either left the building or is on its way out :)
I promised myself another break and I stuck to it.
I kept The Prompt going and I joined in with my weekly and monthly photography projects. But, I only published one extra post, about a wonderful weekend I’d had with friends, and I didn’t join in with any other linkys.
That was quite liberating too. A whole month!
The bonus was that I wrote and scheduled eight posts for March. That’s unheard of!
I had intended to have a good think about the direction of this blog, but in all honesty, I just took a break. This was the right thing to do though, as I’m quite looking forward to getting back to publishing posts and joining in with a few carefully chosen linkys; I have missed the interaction.
What I haven’t missed is the constant stress of trying to catch up on myself; writing, reading, commenting. I won’t be falling into that trap again.
We had some more building work done at the end of February, inside the house this time, which meant that I had to clear several areas to allow them access. This impacted my goal to finish sorting all the kids clothes, but did result in several very tidy spaces!
This month I want to finish what I started and get the dining room, playroom and bedrooms sorted. In addition to getting the rest of the kids clothes to their final destination of course!
My plan is to not have a plan. I’ve been overthinking everything lately; feeling like the blog lacked direction, lacked substance, lacked usefulness. I’m going to stop overthinking and just write. I’ll get back to direction eventually, just not this month.
Although, if I can end the month with posts scheduled into April… I’ll be very happy!
Following on from my non-goal for writing, I want to spend a bit of time just going with the flow and enjoying my days.
Ordinarily I feel the need to be productive at all times, and I find it stressful when I’m not. Last month taught me that taking time out actually made me far more productive over all. Not rocket science perhaps, but something I have struggled to get my head around.
I got a lot done in February, I’d like March to be the same. So I need to continue being kind to myself and taking it easier. Picking just a few things to focus on allowed me the space to do that last month.
I need to ensure that I don’t start over-complicating things again.
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