We just finished the last full week of 2019! How can that be?! This has been an amazing year for me in so many ways. But I’m looking forward to 2020 and for nature’s cycle to begin again. Today we’re being blanketed in snow and in a few months we’ll start to see the crocuses and tulips make their way into the world. The anticipation leading up to that first sighting reminds me of the way I used to feel before Christmas. Spring is my new Christmas! But we have months to go here in New Hampshire, so I’m going to try to focus on the fun that winter weather brings, including the snowy days that I never experienced growing up in Texas.
Christmas week was great! I definitely slacked a bit in the cleaning department, but it feels useless when everyone is home. Instead, I did my best to stay present and ignored as much of the mess as I could. I only had two moments of sheer panic and disgust (that I can remember). I call that a success!
Wednesday night I forgot to take off my watch when I went to bed. When my alarm went off on the other side of the room, I was able to operate the snooze button with my watch. That contributed to me sleeping in 3 hours later than I’d hoped! I try to remember to take my watch off every night, but sometimes forget. Luckily I was able to make up for my morning routine in bits and pieces throughout the day.
But look at the writing tracker! I wrote — even just a little bit — every day this week despite all of the hiccups. That’s the first time all year that I’ve done that. And now I have it written down in my planner for me to remember forever!
When preparing this week’s task list, I forgot the migration column (>) that I’ve been using to keep track of the things I hope to accomplish the next week. That’s okay – I can just notate those items on Sunday and then migrate them over when I prepare for the next week. This method is forgiving!
I really liked doing laundry only 3 times last week! I found that the baskets weren’t too overwhelming and I liked having the break to focus on something else on the “off” mornings. I’m going to try it again this week and see how it goes.
I’m going to prioritize cleaning the bathrooms today. Bathrooms are my nemesis, but if I just do them on Monday and get them over with then I won’t need to worry about them all week. It’s sort of like making your bed every morning – you’ve started the day accomplishing something and making good choices. By cleaning the bathrooms on Mondays, I’ve started the week by doing something that’s not fun, but worthwhile. I hope it creates ripple effects through my week! Wish me luck.
My highlight this week will be going to the library by myself on Thursday. I’m already trying to think about what I want to work on when I get there!
Tell me – what are you looking forward to the most this week? Or, what are the little things in life that give you the most satisfaction? What stirs your emotions in ways that reminds you of the feelings you had at Christmas as a child? I want to know!