On Mondays I spend just a little time looking at the week that just ended. I try to document my life throughout the day to ensure I’m making choices that align with my goals and values. I often find myself veering off track and the simple act of returning to my notebook every few hours keeps me focused on my big picture.

Today I’m playing catch up – we focused on different notebooks the last two Mondays (a celebration of 365 days of journaling and a glimpse into my 5 year journal), so I’m going to quickly share the missing spreads from my Travelers Notebook in the interest of consistency.

Don’t worry – I’m not going to pick apart each category like I sometimes do. One of the great things about color coding is that you can see general themes at a glance. The last few weeks have been focused on reading and playing outside (and sometimes reading while playing outside!).

Today marks 379 days of journaling and 114 days of meditation – two streaks I’m very proud of!

What would I like more of? Exercise. I was doing really well with that early in the year and now I’ve completely fell off track. Also: stitching. Now that my evenings are full of renovations, all I want to do is escape into the basement and sew. And along these same lines: our oven is broken, so all I want to do is bake. Especially now because our hens are laying like crazy and the eggs are piling up. Ahh — I’m never happy!!

The big change is that I’m including my planned meals at the bottom of each day instead of tracking my water intake. My hope is that I’ll be able to stay on top of meal plans if I’m constantly looking at it. I’m writing those plans in pencil because I often fail at living up to my own expectations in this area of life and would like to be able to erase and fill in our actual meals. And, well, I love a nice, sharp pencil and will take any opportunity to use one (“I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” sorry, I digress).

So that was my life over the last three weeks – thanks for getting caught up! I’ll be back on Wednesday with a reading update. See you then!

11 thoughts

  1. The renovation won’t last forever, and things will seem less chaotic soon! This is something I also repeat to myself a lot with all the hammering from the roofers. I think we’d all love every day to be predictable and go exactly as planned, but we all know that that rarely happens. Your practice of tracking how you spend your time can make it easy to see what you haven’t done, but it also allows you to see what you want more time for, which I think is pretty great!

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  2. I feel a bit like we are all in an in-between space that is disorienting. Renovation projects, gardening projects, weird weather, disruptions that keep us from being able to stay on track. Maybe you can find a colored pencil to note the disruptions. I like leaving the things undone in my planner because it reminds me that I had good ideas. I do love your color coded tracking.

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    1. I love your colored pencil idea – thank you! Also – I just ordered a Jibun Techo and I’m pretty sure you’re the one who introduced me to it (a while back ago) and therefore: I blame you!! :p

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    1. Isn’t all of the blue beautiful??! And yes – the snow is all melted and we’re still moving forward on planting things that can survive the frost. And we spotted our first asparagus growing today, which is the earliest we’ve ever found one!

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  3. I reckon living with renovations must be the same as living with packing boxes which is where I was last year. Sonyes I know that you just want to do normal things.

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  4. I loved the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movies – thanks for the reminder to dust them off and revisit one day. I also love the idea of “color” coding…
    Cheers~

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