One of my 2019 goals is to be more consistent at sharing posts on the blog. Of course, I plan to keep up with posting about bullet journal and project planning. But I also want to take you behind the scenes and give you some peeks of what my freelancer life looks like, all that through the pages of my journal. So today, I’m opening a new series on the blog: the monthly reviews.
I hope you’ll like these glimpses of what happens behind the blog’s and eshop‘s scenes!
Besides sharing some bits of my everyday life, this series also aims to break myths about performance and productivity. I know it looks like I’m super organized and productive all the time, but this series is here to give you a reminder that I’m as human as you and social medias shares are just a small part of what’s happening in real life!
I have big goals for 2019. But even though they’re pretty clear in my head and I’m super motivated to make them happen, January didn’t really go as planned.
I had the resolution to start working on these big goals the moment the holidays were over, but all my plans for January actually got off the tracks pretty quickly. The end of 2018 has been quite hectic and the holidays season drained the little energy I had left. So I started 2019 being very, very tired, which affected my moral quite a lot.
Monthly review page in my PROJO planning book
With energy levels at their minimum, I’ve been on survival mode all month. I did work daily, handling your orders on the shop, social medias and blog posts, emails and everything that is business as usual. But I didn’t manage to make significant progress on my big projects.
Now that it’s almost over, I’m thinking of January as a transition month to the new year.
I probably had to slow down a bit after the last quarter of 2018 left me quite exhausted. After all, you can’t pour off an empty cup!
January in my PROJO – the project journal
My journal practice have been the exact reflect of my state of mind this month: I haven’t been consistent in using my PROJO (project journal) and left my journal aside for days several times.
It’s a paradox I still haven’t fixed yet. When my energy levels are low and anxiety strikes me, I typically drop my journal practice even though I KNOW that writing things down in my notebooks is what usually keep my anxiety levels under control.
Some of my January pages. The planning pages are in the P. Book (project planning book),
and the daily logs and notes are stored in the N. Book (notes book)
The days I managed to open my journal, I’ve been keeping things to a minimum. A lot of tasks have remained open for weeks before I found the energy to tackle them, and as I said, I made very little progress on my main projects.
The main achievements of this month happened in my personal life. I focused on restoring my energy levels, with some long cooking sessions (that I find super relaxing) and a city trip in Gent (Belgium) seeking for rest and inspiration.
The main highlight of my month didn’t happen in my PROJO, but rather in my travel journal.
I love keeping memories of my trips in separate journals. This getaway in Gent was pretty short (I left home for a little more than 2 days), but I still wanted to have a travel journal for it.
I used a handcrafted travel journal (available on the blog’s eshop), and filled it with notes about my adventures and pictures I took with my Instax camera (just as I did when visiting Edinburgh and Ecuador last year).
This journal is not even half filled, so I’ll probably will use it to document future adventures. In the meantime, it will join my other travel journals on the shelf above my desk.
Reviewing achievements and planning for next month
Achievements this month:
- Took 2 days off visiting Gent (Belgium) & planned a solo getaway in Bordeaux (France)
- New glasses
- Yoga practice once a week
- Getting back to an healthy diet
- Starting home office remodel
- Keeping up with blog posts and social medias
- Catched up with admin and finances work
Things I’d like to improve in February:
- Time management: I’d like to organize my week with one focus per day. Ideally, I’d like to take Mondays and Tuesdays for the blog and social medias, and the rest of the week to work on all the other projects I have in mind.
Strategy: time block the tasks through the week according to my ideal schedule.
- Sleep routine: between work, social events and the time I spend chatting with my roommate in evenings, I tend to get to bed way too late. I then have great difficulties to get out of bed in the morning, but also to stay focused through the day. I’d like to get back at a more consistent sleep routine to restore my energy levels.
Strategy: set an alarm 1 hour before the ideal time of bedtime (so that I have half an hour to finish what I’m up to, and get some time for evening routine).
Intention for February : start
The first step is always the harder to make. I just need to start.
What did you achieve in January?
What would you like to achieve in February?