We are halfway through December! Christmas is less than ten days away – I hope you’re feeling peace and calm and not frenzy. Now that I type these words, I’m feeling my heartbeat tick up just a bit when I think of all of the wrapping and prepping that I still need to do. But I’m lucky that my kids are still young and expectations are so easy to meet. The magic of it all is the main thing. Nothing needs to be expertly wrapped or beautifully styled. So I’m thankful and know that everything is going to be okay.
I used the same methods and strategies in my Hobonichi Weeks last week, which seems to be working out fine. The Alastair method is quick and easy to set up each Sunday night and I’m enjoying writing a few lines on the dated pages. I haven’t been writing morning pages lately, so having some place to put just a few lines about the day has been helpful and a great way to wrap up each evening.
A few things that are painfully clear: I hate cleaning the bathrooms and I hate doing any of the “extras,” like cleaning under the couches and vacuuming the laundry room in the basement. I’m very good at staying on top of the laundry and washing all of our bedsheets every week and I think this is why: I can do all of that work in quick spurts. I can work up the energy to dump everything into the washer and then walk away and do something else. Then I can work up more energy to move it over to the dryer and then take a break. And then I can tell myself, “it’s almost done!” and give myself one last push to take it out of the dryer and put everything away. All the work is done in little increments and I feel so accomplished. Of course, the lesson there is to break large tasks into smaller ones so I should think about how to apply to that to trouble areas in my house, like the bathrooms and under furniture. Perhaps I’ll be able to share something positive next week?
It was a good week for writing and I’m hoping to replicate that this week. Part of my success has been skipping the morning pages, which has given me an extra half hour of time each morning. I’m not sure if that’s going to help or hurt in the long term, but I’ll just go with the flow and see what makes the most sense!
Have you moved into your new planner this year or are you seeing 2019 through to the end? If you bullet journal, do you get a fresh new notebook when the new year rolls around or do you stick with the same one until you finish it? I love seeing everyone’s notebooks – be sure to let me know when and if you’ve posted anything about them!