Goodbye Christmas, Hello New Year!

You’re probably thinking that this post is coming out two weeks too late.  But, really, we just got rid of our Christmas tree tonight (sob) and I’m just now settling in to figure out the new year.  So far, I have not even been able to figure out what day of the week it is in the new year.  In fact, for most of today, I thought it was Monday not Tuesday.  Proving once again how much I need a routine in my life.  I wrote the wrong date on everything today, would have missed my DD’s swim lesson had my phone not sent me a reminder as I finished grocery shopping and I didn’t help out in my DD’s class this morning like I said I would on Tuesdays this semester.  Sigh…

But, 2017 is here and Spring semester starts next week.  I’ll be on a schedule again and I am looking forward to being able to eat dinner at a decent hour AT HOME every night of the week!  My meal planning has fallen to the wayside thus far.  Heck, most things have fallen to the wayside thus far.  But, I figure school starting will help me out with getting things together a bit better (send a prayer my way on this one).  Although, traveling the first week of classes is a little bit rough.  But, I will take it.  The holiday is over.  I need a routine and I need it now!

I’m shifting to try something new this year.  I have been using a 10 minute timer to get things done.  I have a long list of things that I need to work on and I work on one thing for 10 minutes and then move on.  But, I find this to be too short of a time (although I’ve adjusted to it and often will stay doing a task for longer when I’m in flow on it).  So, I’ve decided to use some block scheduling instead.  I find that I’ve really lost my ability to focus for long periods of time and do any kind of deep work and it is really negatively impacting my productivity on larger projects.  My schedule this semester lends itself to this type of schedule much better than my prior schedules, so I’m going to give it a shot and see if I can regain my focus, get more done and take more time away from the laptop!

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Five Minute Friday -News

I am once again joining up with Five Minute Friday over at Kate Montaug’s blog.  They have some great deals and even a giveaway this week, so be sure to check it out and join us if you so desire!

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This week’s prompt is “News” – so, here goes:

News – it is a multi-meaning term.  There is the daily news that shows up in the headlines of newspapers and the evening news.  Then, there is our own “news” that includes life changes and such.  I often enjoy reflecting on the daily news, but it is also depressing at times.  I think that sometimes my own news is the same way.  I enjoy reflecting on it and trying to make improvements, but other times, my news is more depressing than anything else.  Right now, I’m feeling pretty good about the reflections on my own life.  Nothing is perfect, but then it never is.  But, things are moving along relatively nicely.  I’ve been talking to a lot of people about my DD’s pending pacemaker placement and they all seem like they are shocked I am not more worried or upset.  It makes me wonder if I’m not reflecting enough.  If I’m burying things.  But, really, I think that I’ve heard so much WORSE news at points that this news seems relatively positive in comparison.

I also think that I’ve come to realize that I can deal with things that come flying my way.  And that confidence is based on past experiences.  It is built on trust in God, trust in myself as being capable and trust in others who are responsible for things like my daughter’s medical well-being.  Probably in that order…

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What about you?  What do you think of when you hear the word “news”?