#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.
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.