Can you believe that we’re beginning the last week of April?! This month has been a shock to my system; the weather and the news have been rollercoasters and still – time marches on. Each Monday morning I spend a little time reflecting on the week that ended by examining how I used my time. Our little habits make up our lives and I want to make choices that align with my overarching goals and values as often as I can.
We’re still in the midst of renovating a few rooms, so the structure of my days seem loose and out of control. Fortunately the mornings have been consistent – this morning’s entry marked day 386 of journaling followed by 121 straight days of meditation. Colton was able to attend every day of treatment last week, we had school every day, and we spent at least a little time outside each morning and early afternoon.
But it was hard to find consistency outside of the morning hours. I was so overwhelmed with little tasks that I had to start a running to-do list on the sticky notes on the side of the page, which I haven’t done in quite a while. I’m not complaining but am very thankful for this little notebook! Using those stickies as a brain dump helped me clear my head and focus on one task at a time, which made a world of difference.
This is the second week that I’ve tried meal planning on the weekly spread and I’m very pleased with it, especially since I’ve been using a pencil and can correct as I go along. Knowing I have something planned for dinner keeps me on track and reminds me to get started cooking early in the day. We have a wonky meal schedule – I aim to have dinner finished before I pick up Colton at 2:30 because I try to have a hot meal ready for my husband before he leaves for work in the evening. It’s not always successful, but we do the best we can!
On a slightly different topic of notebooks: storage! All of these finished notebooks from the last few years have been haphazardly lying around on shelves. I bought a little storage box at Joanns last week that was perfect for A5 notebooks – and now they’re all tucked away, safe and sound. I’ll have my first finished notebook of 2021 by the end of April and will need a new box for storage!
How do you store your finished notebooks? Some of them, especially the traveler’s notebook inserts, are especially hard to clearly label and organize. I’d love to hear what works for you!
I plan to be back tomorrow with a One Little Word update – take good care until then!