Can you believe that we’ve finished the last full week of 2020?! This year will have a prominent place in the history books for so many reasons. And despite it all, 2020 has certainly been a year of blogging for me! I’ve managed to show up every Monday this year (except for 3 – one in January and 2 in March) and share a snapshot of my notebook from the week before. The purpose? To be mindful about how I’m using my time. Each week I take a measure of how I’m utilizing my time in order to meet my overarching goals and values.

Materials used: Travelers Notebook weekly insert | pastel highlighters | Pilot g-tec-c .25 Hyper Fine Point pens

Like many people, last week was all a kerfluffle for me. Much of my time was spent preparing for the holiday and the second half of the week was spent in recovery mode. I’m still finding bits of wrapping paper in strange places! Everyone has been home so it’s been harder to sneak away with an audiobook or a small handwork project. And by the end of the day, I’m totally beat and have found myself watching a lot more TV than usual. All of this is okay — I have had a phenomenal year and am totally fine with this downtime.

GREEN | Writing Time
My journaling streak has continued – today is day 277. I’m nearly finished with my current notebook which I started in late June. I’ll have 4 blank pages at the end of the notebook when the month ends, but I’m planning to start a fresh book on January 1st. No need to dwell on 2020 any longer than necessary! I’ve also worked a bit on my blog every day, which feels good.

PURPLE | Blackberry Bluff School
Only one day of homeschooling activities this week, but the kids have helped me a lot around the house and that all counts towards life lessons, right? I wasn’t planning to do school this week anyway, so that one day was icing on the cake.

BLUE | Outside Time
We managed some time outside this week despite how cold it’s been. I finally have good winter coats for all 3 kids, which makes getting outside easier. Colton grew out of his so I’d been putting him in Bryce’s to go to his center everyday, which left Bryce at home without a coat. But we ordered a new one for Bryce and it showed up on Christmas Eve – about two weeks earlier than LL Bean predicted after we ordered it. And I finally dug out my own winter coat, which keeps me much warmer than the fleece that I had been wearing. So, along with the giant box of hot chocolate that we bought, I think we’re ready to embrace the hygge life this winter. I absolutely want to get out this season, despite my tendency to burrow into the house and live like a mouse. Wish us luck!

ORANGE & PINK | Reading (Orange =audiobooks; pink = everything else)
I only spent a smidge of time reading a physical book, but I found much more time for audiobooks earlier in the week. I’ve finished 108 books this year as of today – my best reading year ever – so I’m not too concerned about taking a book break for a week or two!

YELLOW | Stitching Time
I didn’t capitalize on a ton of stitching time this week and I only worked on my handsewn quilt when I did. I plan to share my progress with you on Wednesday. It’s not much, but it’s a few more hexies sewn on! And I’ve had a really good year stitching, so once again – it’s okay to take a little break during the holidays.

OTHER TRACKING
Exercise
oops. None for 2 weeks in a row. While there are benefits to getting on the exercise bike early in the morning, I’ve gotten so used to using this time for journaling and blogging… and that’s been a hard habit to break. I think I’m going to work on using our afternoon quiet time (around 12:30 or 1) as my time to exercise. I’ll experiment for a few weeks and see if it’s working.

Water
A good week for water! I ordered a new water bottle that’s light pink and so pretty. It’s easier to clean than my other one and perfect for dropping in a bag of peppermint tea or a few lemon wedges to make my water a bit more refreshing.

Weather
This is one of my favorite things to track. I use a little picture to document the type of weather (clouds, sun, rain, snow, the basics because I’m horrible at drawing) and the low/high temps for the day. I also document the weather in my 5 Year Journal so that I’ll be able to compare the weather throughout the years. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to share pictures of my 5 year notebook because I get a lot of questions about it, but it’s sort of hard for me. I think I might have to be brave and do a video(!).

Covid Cases
I started tracking the covid case numbers for our state. I’ve been putting that in the top gray bar beside the days of the week. It’s morbid, but so interesting to look back on. I’m also including those numbers in my 5 year notebook each day.

And I think that’s it in my notebook this week. I’m planning to be back tomorrow with our last One Little Word linkup of 2020. If you’ve recently written a post about your own notebooks, please leave a link in the comments. I’d love the inspiration!

11 thoughts

  1. Your notebooks certainly have brought organization and routine to your home which is especially good for controlling the chaos of young children. Happy journaling and happy stitching! And Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Kat! My oldest is finally starting to appreciate warm drinks and I love it. Your Unraveled linkups are what helped me set up a blogging routine, so my entire blog is mostly thanks to you! :p

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  2. I was just telling my husband that I’ve read 100 books this year — but 108 is amazing, especially with three kids! I think what I’ve learned through your notebook posts is that you are amazing organized, and that’s how you get so much done!

    I’ve been feeling like I haven’t gotten much done during my vacation, especially when I had such big plans for what I was going to do with my time off, but then I remembered that this time of year (at least for me) has always been about resting and recharging. It’s okay to do little or nothing, and often we need that.

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  3. I think you have amply shown that keeping track in notebooks works, big time. You have inspired me, and I just wrote Day 60 of morning pages- I cannot believe the difference it makes to write first thing in the morning rather than at bedtime. Thank you. That is a lot of books, well done. I have had a year in which I read less than I have ever done- put it down to moving house and library closures. But the books I have read have been enjoyable.
    Wishing you all the best with the new notebooks.

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    1. Yay for 60 days of morning pages – that’s amazing!! Moving takes SO MUCH time and energy so it makes total sense that your reading count would be a bit down this year. Plus – this year has been so strange in itself! I’d take quality over quantity any day – so I’m glad to hear that you’ve loved your time spent reading 🙂

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  4. I was all ready to start my new 2021 planner insert yesterday and changed my mind. The week is mostly 2020 and as much as I’m looking forward to turning the page, my Enneagram One self decided otherwise. You’ve made great progress on so many good habits this year. Thank you for sharing/inspiring us!

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