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Routines, Habits, Changes! Oh my! #AMonthofFaves

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#AMonthofFaves Routines, Habits and Changes. What Worked this Year and/or What Didn’t. What habits, routines or rituals worked for you this year – either something you kept doing – or something new that you started. What did you try that didn’t work … or what did you used to do that no longer works for you. 

Thank you, Kim, Tanya Patrice, and Tamara for being amazing co-hosts!

Whew! It’s been a year. A year of changes, shifts, figuring things out. I don’t even know where to start. My work changes semesterly and quarterly, but I’ve been, and will remain, on a similar schedule throughout this academic year (for the most part). There’s less to write about in that regard. 

The biggest changes in my everyday have come in blogging, painting, Scripture writing, and all those other fun things I get to do but that I try to do with a fair bit of focus. 

I don’t know where my writing mojo came from, but one day I was just ready to blog again! Part of that, I think, was a kick start from my faith blog, Rowdy and Redeemed. I’m no longer putting pressure on myself to read if my mind is full or I’m jonesing to do other things, but I still have plenty to say about books and I’m hovering around my yearly goal…somehow. 

Regardless of how my mojo came back, I have put a big emphasis on batch work this year. Juggling a lot of online work can be a real hassle, so I have specific blocks of time when I try to do various things. My mornings and early afternoons during the week are reserved for grading, and when that’s done, I’m free to write or work on other projects. I find that writing blog posts comes fairly easily in the early, early morning (think 4-6am) or in the evenings, say 6-9pm. I especially try to take advantage of my time on the weekends when G is at his dad’s house.

I’ve also changed up my planning system since summer. Instead of an Erin Condren Life Planner (vertical) and artistic planning, I’m using a Passion Planner in the academic layout. I really love the goal-setting aspect of the Passion Planner, and I find that sometimes I feel like making it pretty (highlighters, some stickers, etc.) and sometimes I just get it done. Every week is a little different since I work about 13 hours per week outside the house and the rest from home. 

There have been a lot more changes and tweaks to my everyday, but some of those will pop up in the coming days in other topical posts. 

Now let’s hear it! What’s changed? What’s worked or been a difficulty for you this year? Don’t forget to link up using the button down below. 


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  • Natashajk

    I wish I was better about using my planner. You’re planner spreads in Instagram inspire me.

    I lost my reading mojo for awhile in the fall which I really struggled with but, like you, I’m still somehow managing to hover around my reading “goal” — not that I really set one but it looks like I’ll match last year’s reading totals which is exciting!

    • Andi

      I had never been good at using a planner until I started working mostly from home. When there’s no one breathing down my neck about deadlines, I tend to forget them, so I just started dumping everything in there. I also find it’s nice for keeping some memories since the days tend to run together!

      Congrats on staying close to your goal! It’s looking like I’ll probably get to 52…just narrowly missing my goal of 60. We’ll see how it shakes out!

  • Bryan G. Robinson

    4 to 6 a.m.? One thing I’m always amazed by is when I read these blog posts is how many people get up super early. I guess I’ve never had to so just don’t. But I’m always amazed by those of you who do…my wife says she has the Passion Planner too and likes it too.

    • Andi

      Mine is sort of partially insomnia. Like today, a thunderstorm woke me up around 3am. The dog was scared. After that, I laid around meditating for a bit, couldn’t go back to sleep, and instead of getting irritated about it, I just got up. It’s 4:17 now, and I’ll have two hours of work in by the time my morning conference call kicks off at 8am. It’s useful time even if it’s not particularly pleasant.

      I see Kim post in the Passion Planner group sometimes that we’re mutually members of! Just love that system.

  • Kim

    Getting rid of the pressure to read all the time has been a game changer for me this year. I hear you on making time for other creative projects. There are so many other things I want to pursue but I still love talking books with anyone who will listen.

    • Andi

      Yes indeed! I always feel half-finished, as a person, without books, and I love talking about them. But yes, I totally agree that letting go of that pressure is amazing and freeing. And for me it was necessary to actually get back to regular reading.

  • Audra

    After struggling for two years with a bullet journal, I moved onto a Panda Planner which is really working for me — although working with the bullet journal method did help me separate my to do lists from my notetaking which has helped me keep track of stuff better! I really need to focus on block work in 2019 — I suffer from the death of a thousand cuts so much, and it’s either email or phone notifs that get me. Ugh!

    • Andi

      I really struggled over whether to choose the Passion or Panda Planner. I really like both, but ultimately I felt like the Passion Planner was a little less…intense. Panda Planner has a lot going on, and I was afraid I’d torture myself for not filling in more stuff. Bullet journal is great for segmenting. I really enjoyed that part of it, too, but I just couldn’t be bothered to be that creative consistently! Ha!

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