I am technically on a ‘blogging break’, so I shouldn’t even be here doing this, but after writing the monthly recap/gratitude posts for the past couple of months, I have to say that I am well and truly addicted to them. Especially because more than anything else, these posts have helped me see the great parts of the days, weeks, and months gone by, even when I have felt like I was drowning in a puddle of work without accomplishing anything.
And I feel like we all need that kind of reassurance and positivity in our lives. It makes everything seem worthwhile, and goes a long way in ensuring a happy, healthy state of mind as you get ready to tackle what lies ahead.
Anyway, now that that’s been said, let me tell you how I spent my last month.
Overwhelm that led to a breathrough in Time Management
As many of you who follow me on social media already know, somewhere around the middle of March I made an announcement about taking a break from blogging. There were many reasons for this, but basically I was completely overwhelmed with all the things that I felt like I needed to get done.
There was construction at home, deadlines at work, and then there were things breaking down in the blog back-end that needed my attention, and all this was over and above all the regular routine stuff that I needed to do anyway. Not to mention that for some reason I picked this time to learn Pinterest, which was a whole different beast that was not as easily conquered. To cut a long story short, I knew I was really close to a burnout, which is why I decided to take a break.
However, deep down I knew that while a break will go a long way in restoring my mental health, if I wanted to ensure that I keep my sanity while I tackle my tasks going forward, I needed a new system. Because having way too many things on my plate was only part of the problem. The other half was the lack of effective time management.
And while I have been working on perfecting my time management system from the past few months, using time blocking, batching tasks etc, it was only when my very first bullet journal arrived in March that I felt that I had finally found the last piece of this puzzle.
I have now used this new system for about a month, and I have to tell you I have never been more productive in my life (not exaggerating). But that’s not even the best part of this.
I think the thing I like the most about my new system is that it’s finally helped me achieve the extremely elusive peace of mind – knowing that I am doing the very best I can with the hours I do have. That my friends has been the true breakthrough this month, and I cannot be more grateful for it.
Note: While I use the Bullet Journal for Time Management, it’s not the only thing I rely on. It’s part of the system, not all of it. I still use Google Calendars for time blocking, still batch similar tasks in the said time blocks.
Bullet Journal is mainly used for time tracking, more specifically tracking my morning and evening routine, because I have realized that when these two things go as planned, my day is always a million times more better.
Lots of Quality Time with Family & Friends
In March, we also had a lot of family and friends visit us almost every weekend, and while this might not be a big deal for many of you, this is relatively rare for us, since we live in the US, and most of our family and friends live on the other side of the planet.
Of-course this also meant that most of our weekends were a non-stop circus filled with lots of cooking, cleaning, entertaining, but I am so grateful for the fact a lot of our family is now moving to US, and the fact that we have made amazing friends here, that I do not even want to complain about having back to back super busy weekends.
Oh and this March also witnessed my little one turning 6. And trust me, here I truly want to refrain from using the super cliched expression of time seeming to fly away, but honestly it’s the only way to accurately articulate how I feel. Times does fly, especially when you are raising little ones, and witnessing them growing into big little ones. Like they say, the days might seem to be long, but the years are short.
In Other News
The basement project is finally done. It was only supposed to take one month, but it took two, and trust me these 2 months have felt like 20! Mostly because we had a terrible contractor, who gave us hell at every step of the way – from not showing up for work, to doing a shoddy job when he did show up, to providing us with fake receipts for material – he did it all.
But well we learnt a very valuable lesson through this harrowing experience, and I have to say we are now much wiser for it. And while we still have to do the clean up from the construction, we finally have the entire house finished, and I couldn’t be happier.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you. How has March treated you? What was the highlight for you? What are you most looking forward to in April? Do share!
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