Many of you wanted to see the way I track my days. So without further ado, here we go!
My mornings are usually filled with chores and the gym. As soon as I wake up I write in my journal about the day before and write a gratitude list. Next comes the Catholic praying and reading. Any errands that I have to run are in the morning as well. I've been like this since the kids were little. I would try my best to get every chore done so that I could have an hour or two in the afternoon before dinner preparations to knit.
I've noticed that going to the gym takes up a lot of my time but I do read my Kindle while walking on the treadmill so I'm happy! I meet my trainer two times a week instead of three times a week. I'm doing lower body exercises on my own instead.
Because all of my family are out of town, I spend considerable time on the phone. Again, I was like this since I was a teen. I LOVE to talk.
One of the best ways to read a 965 page book (I'm looking at you Grant) is to write down the start and end of each reading session. I become better motivated to chip away at the reading and see my progress.
I'm the same with my knitting, if I have miles of stockinette to do, I will put a marker on when I begin a marathon knitting event and see my progress.
Writing down what I do each day helps me see where I am allocating my attention. Some days are just not great days. When I babysit one day a week, I tend to be away from home 7 hours. I am exhausted and cannot focus on much. Initially I got frustrated that I'm not using the rest of the day effectively. I had to remind myself that my babysitting day was important time with the preschooler and not every single waking hour has to be productive by my measurements.
I know when winter yields to spring my days will look differently. I'll be outside more and have distractions. I'm planning on a seasonal approach to my expectations and documentation in my daily planner. I love writing down the weather and nature changes, I hope to expand on that as well.
An unforeseen motivational tool is writing with a fountain pen. What joy! I'm using a pink Lamy Safari with Dr. Zhivago Noodler's ink. Supposedly this ink is a green/black color blend. I cannot see the green but everyone else sees it...
I never understood the craze about fountain pens until I tried one.
We are bracing for some crazy weather this weekend. Stay safe where ever you are!
Do you have any tips or tricks to making your days better?