This is a recap post for the month of July. What Went Wrong? My goal for the year has been to blog at least 15 times per month. Ideally, it would be daily given the name, but time has not allowed that. (Refer to my numerous posts on Time management, or rather my struggle with it.)
At the beginning of the month, I always assess the previous month to determine what went well, what went poorly, what fell through the cracks, and examine the new irons in the fire. I know, I said there wouldn’t be any new irons in the fire. But they are so shiny and new and . . . . thus my perpetual battle.
I have to scratch my head about July. It seems that I got very little done during this month. In that vein, I began to investigate and evaluate. My planner is not only my to-do list, it’s a record of what happened. what I spent my time on, and when I’m serious about my diet, a record of my eating so that I can see where I went wrong. So I started there.
Four birthdays and our anniversary. One of those birthdays was my husbands – happy birthday honey! We went out for our anniversary, it was a nice dinner. Came home too stuffed to enjoy the dessert that I made.
We attended four auctions for our resale business. I’m anxious for the weather to bet a little cooler so that I can stand to work in the garage creating new and renewed items.
I have been without a car from July 6th through August 1st. THAT was a challenge! I don’t live in an area that has public transportation so a car is basically my lifeline. I live 7 miles outside of town. Yes, I’d be a lot more fit If I walked to town, but it would take up my entire day.
I completed the manual that I had been tasked to do. (I discussed this in the post I Did It!) I finished an editing job. I worked on my own writing for Camp Nano, and won! I started doing this Level 10 Life thing that I read about. I really like the concept of this. Google Level 10 Life and check out Boho Berry’s blog.
I have made goals for each category, some I’ve done well with while others, not so much. The basic idea of this is to get my life in order. For those of you who have it all together great. I don’t. I thought that this might be a way to make small incremental improvements in these life categories.
On the positive, I’ve accomplished goals in these categories: career and business, personal growth and development, family and friends.
On the negative: I’ve made little or no progress in my environment (home office is on hold), health and fitness, and finances.
So why does it seem that I didn’t accomplish anything? Because two of my goals were not accomplished. Two goals that need to be my top priority. Does anyone else struggle with this? All other accomplishments are disregarded when the two you really wanted to mark as complete remain on the to do list. Which lead to the next question, how do I escape this vicious cycle?
I want to do better in August. This is why I evaluate what worked and what didn’t. We keep what works and discard the rest. I was behind on my planner, but this afternoon I will be marking my new goals page, tracking my level 10 Life, setting up my schedule for blog posts and general daily entries.
This seems to be my saving grace amidst a sea of turmoil. That is the reason I sing the praises of my bullet journal. I’ve kept a planner for years, but somewhere into the year I quit on it. My bullet journal has helped me quit quitting!
Speaking of that, it’s time for me to tackle one of the areas I’ve neglected, my domestic goddess duties.
Write on my friends, write on!