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Each month I highlight my monthly goals, partly to make myself accountable for the plans, tasks and goals that I include. But also in the hope that it inspires you to make a little list of monthly goals that you’d like to achieve for the month ahead. Helping you realise that you achieve more than you possibly give yourself credit for.
Time for this month’s monthly goals… For the most part, the April showers have been kept at bay and the bright sunshine has greeted us as we’ve opened the curtains in the morning. It’s been a little breezy but we can handle that. April also brought us the children home for the school holidays which was lovely to have them home to enjoy family time and Easter celebrations
How did I get on with my monthly goals from April?
April for the most part brought us two different halves to the month. The first half focused on family life with the children at home. Whilst the second half has seen me returning to full-time work, covering extra days to cover illness and the needs of our growing service. It has meant that I’ve had to look at how I schedule my days, and my monthly goals to juggle things around to accommodate the changes.
Home: Gearing up the garden for summer
The patio cleaner is destined to stay hidden away in the garage. Yet again I have not managed to get it out alongside the pressure washer to show the patio and pathways so much needed love. I have, however, managed to sort out some of the junk (aka the old garden chairs, a bike etc) that was accumulating in the garden for a trip to the skips.
Family: Oh I do like to be beside the sea
What The Dad Said and I have now decided that any plans to take the children to Blackpool are cursed. Our first visit a couple of years ago was a washout due to the weather and some of the attractions being closed. The trip we had planned for the February half term was called off at the last minute due to Storm Eunice. Rearranging everything for the beginning of the Easter holidays, this too went up in smoke!
Hit by the fuel crisis I was unable to get diesel from eight different petrol stations that I visited around Norwich. Having to make the decision to cancel the trip due to this was so frustrating but considering it too What The Dad Said 10 days to finally be able to refuel my car, it was a wise decision.
Blog/Work: Emails, emails, emails
Something I have strived for this month is clearing as much of my inbox as possible. Whilst it will never be clear (I always need to have campaigns in the wings) it has been wonderful to see the number of reducing as I set time aside to read where I am with that particular email and respond. I feel so bad for not getting around to answering sooner but I’m often busy meeting deadlines and getting content live that I forget to send the ‘hi, the article is live’ email.
I will try to do better!
My plans and monthly goals for May
Please tell me that I’m not the wonky person who finds May a funny month with the bank holidays in the beginning and at the end. Not to mention another school half-term holiday thrown in there too. As I am due to be working full-time again this month I know that I need to think carefully about the monthly goals I set for myself to complete – anticipating my lack of time and energy.
Family: Exploring East Anglia
With the bonus of having extra days with the children around the Bank Holidays and a half term, I’m hoping we can visit a couple of new places within East Anglia.
Home: Home Library
It’s not a greatly held secret that I love to read. Whilst the majority of my reading is on my Kindle Paperwhite I do have a collection of books that I have collected over the years or received for birthday/Christmas etc. I want to finally set up my own mini home library within one of the IKEA Billy Bookcases in our lounge. Although when What The Dad Said sees my collection of Winnie The Pooh and Jane Austen novels I imagine him questioning why have different styles of the same book.
Work: Full-time hours
Working full-time hours around the needs of my family and my blogs will be a juggling act this month. That being said I do like my day job, the ability to organise things is wonderful for an admin control freak like myself. Not to mention the lovely feeling at the end of the day to be able to switch off and not have to think about waiting lists etc until I log back in.