Well, the first quarter of 2020 has gone by, in what felt like an eternity for many of us. For me, in the UK, January and February went by in a bit of a hurried blur. March, though, seemed to drag on forever.
Covid-19 is spreading throughout the world, leaving many people in some sort of lockdown in their homes. This gives us fewer opportunities to focus on the monthly goals we set before we were affected by this pandemic.
March quickly descended into a chaotic mess. Within the first couple of days, we lost a close family friend. A few days later I completed a programme I’d been working on. The next week was spent helping some family members move house (and decorate their new place). Then on the 23rd, the UK went into lockdown and all the schools closed. With my 2 children at home, I wasn’t working anymore, but I was now homeschooling them and trying to stick to an entirely new schedule.
Since then, I’ve focused less on my monthly goals, and more on trying to remain occupied and productive, and for the most part, I feel like I’ve succeeded.
• done some decorating in my own home
• been reading, writing and drawing more
• started the Spring Cleaning Series here on the blog
• taken three online courses and earned myself two certificates and a diploma
*the sites I like to use for online learning are: Alison, Skillshare, Udemy, Student Learning Portal
• been organising areas of my home
• Spring cleaned my clothes and kitchen
• Swapped rooms with my two children so they can have the bigger room
• Finished the programme I was doing
• Been home-schooling the children without losing my mind – GO ME!
Goals and Mini-Goals
Exercise 2 or 3 times a week
This is a regular on my monthly goals lists, and I should really put more effort into it. Now I’ll have to do this at home while we’re in quarantine, but that’s fine, there are many online resources for working out at home.
Call me a big nerd, but I just love learning about a new topic I’m interested in, and then getting some kind of acknowledgement that I have completed the course. It makes me happy.
I have been reading more than I used to. There is still room for improvement though.
Finish decorating my “new” bedroom
As I mentioned previously, I’ve swapped rooms with my children, so they’re now in the big room and I’m in the smaller one. I don’t have a spare room to sleep in so I’ll be decorating my room a bit at a time.
Throw my daughter a great quarantined birthday party
My youngest daughter’s 10th birthday is in the middle of April, and it looks like the UK will still be in lockdown then. While she understands she can’t have the birthday party she was looking forward to, (I’m hoping to do it later in the year), she’s still pretty upset that this birthday is going to be so different. Well, different doesn’t necessarily mean bad in my book, so I’m going to do everything I can to make this birthday a memorable one in a good way.
Use my time effectively
I’m looking at this situation in a positive way and seeing it as an opportunity. I can’t count the times I’ve said to myself, “I’d like to do that if I had the time” or “I’d do this if I wasn’t so tired from work”.
If not now, when?
Seriously, sure I have the kids at home, but I have so much free time on my hands now that I didn’t have before. I’d be a fool not to utilise it and be productive with it.
How have you adapted your monthly goals to suit the current situation?
Let us know what goals you’re working on this month. I’m sure we could all do with some ideas to save us from getting bored in the coming weeks.