Last night, I sat down to draft up the December monthly pages in my bullet journal. I am astounded that we are almost in the last month of the year. My major projects did not end up where I hoped, but at least there was movement on all them.
Before the year is out, I need to sit down and strategically plan all the work and personal things for 2023. I started doing this a few years ago and I really like how it keeps me focused but leaves room for randomness.
Here's what I've been working on:
This morning, I set up my out of office message to start auto-replying at 4pm. In just a few hours, I get to log off work and enjoy an extra long weekend with my family. It's been wonderful watching the kiddo enjoy her grandparent daycare this week. They've taken her out to a lot of cool places. (I want to go to a trampoline park!) I've enjoyed the random "Hi, mom!" pop ins that I get while working. I'm grateful that my library lets me work from "home" like this on occasion. It makes work/life balance so much easier.
Here's what I've been working on.
I was looking ahead in my calendar to try to plot things out through the rest of the semester. I am in disbelief that there are only three weeks of classes left. It feels like the students only showed up last week. Also, Thanksgiving is early this year which is just making my calendar weird.
Here are the top things I've been working on:
I could use a nap right now. Between a long condo board meeting last night and a busy week at work, I am tempted to crawl under my desk for a few minutes. Instead, I will probably use that last packet of instant coffee from my work travel.
Here's where my attention is at:
Attending conferences in person is a reminder of how vital Wi-Fi is to basically everything these days. The harder it is to use, the more frustrated I get. The more frustrated I get, the crankier my disposition. Good reminder about how usability is at the core of everything. The easier we can make things, the happier people are.
Here's where my attention is at:
My calendar, while still a disaster, is decidedly less crammed than it was a week ago. There's some breathing room which means I am far less stressed than I was two weeks ago. There are empty blocks of time where I've been able to get some longer term work done.
Here's where my focus is at:
This post is coming at you much later than normal because I am on the West Coast for a library conference. Aside from the intense day of travel to get here (why do airlines give you such tight connections on opposite sides of the airport?!?!?), this has been a great trip. I've learned a lot and it's a nice break from parenting. (Love you, honey!)
Here's what I'm working on:
This week is the most jam packed schedule I've had in a long time. It's partly due to my going out of town for a conference next week. Mostly, however, it's all the self-imposed deadlines I have for projects. I know that I can drop some balls and it, ultimately, won't matter. That doesn't mean I want that to happen. I keep telling myself that, if I make it through this week, the rest of the semester will be a breeze. *scoffs at self*
Here's what I'm focusing on:
October was the month I scheduled everything that I would get to "later." Now that "later" is here, I'm crying because my calendar is so full. It wouldn't be all that bad except I lose an entire week to a conference and a couple of days to holidays and daycare closures. Next time, I'm going to be more cognizant of myself when I say I will get to something "later."
Here are the to three things I am focusing on.
Changing things up on this weekly post again.
Instead of breaking down my projects by work/personal and then overarching category, I'm just going to list the top three projects I'm focusing my bandwidth on each week.
I find that I can only really manage three major "things" at once but what they are varies from week to week.
Here's what's on my list this week.