Good Habits Beget Good Habits: Week 1 Progress

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It's time for my first weekly check-in regarding my plan to find joy in a more balanced life. I hope you'll share your progress as well. To stay balanced, I need all the support I can get. :) If everything fell apart last week, start again this week.

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Okay, so here's my progress on this month's goals. I think it's important to look at the amount of joy you got out of each goal. After all, if the goal's end result is not joy, then perhaps you need to pick a new goal.

Marriage: Sign up for preschool's monthly Parents Night Out.

  • Progress: Success! Dropped off kids, had fixed price sushi, and saw a movie on some free passes. 
  • Joy-o-Meter: I was sort of crabby through dinner and picked a small fight, but the night ended well. :)

Kids: Sit one-on-one with each child for 15 uninterrupted minutes 2x a week.

  • Progress: I have not done any one-on-one time, aside from homework with my 7-year old. Whoops. My husband has done all the bedtime reading.
  • Bright side: I threw my 7-year old a fun family birthday party (25 people!) with DIY sandwiches and chocolate cake. We also had a family movie night on Friday.

Personal Interests: Go on one photo-taking outing a month. 

  • Progress: I haven't done this, and I really want to.
  • Bright side: There are still a few weeks left in the month, right?

Work: Shower and/or get dressed to leave the house at the beginning of every work day. 

  • Progress: Success! Dressed first thing! Every single week day! Even wearing clothes deemed "too cute" for working at home.
  • Joy-o-Meter: It feels really good. Loving this one.

Household: File, recycle, or trash "the stack" on the kitchen counter once a week.

  • Progress: Success! I'm on track with this one!
  • Joy-o-Meter: So much joy that I'm clearing it off almost daily, not just weekly.

Overall thoughts:

Making a mindful plan has been the best part of this resolution so far. And being mindful of the joy (or non-joy) that comes with the things I think I should be doing.

Also finding that creating good habits leads to other good habits! I think the big declutter at the beginning of January also helped my household motivation.

Other positive progress:

  • Been making our bed every weekday morning. Huh?
  • Put away laundry *as soon as I folded it* twice! Wow!
  • Started a new exercise to reduce some clutter: When I leave a room, I always take something that belongs in another room and put it away. So great!
  • Said "no" to a family outing, which was causing more time-juggling angst than joy. !!!
  • Said "no" to after-school science workshop for my 1st grader because it will ultimately overlap with upcoming baseball practices.

Go forth and seek joy, my friends! And let me know how it's going.

How is your joy progress going? Is this plan working for you? What's working and what isn't?


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Find Joy in a More Balanced Life: Join Me!

The Plan: Find Joy in a More Balanced Life

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5forj... 5forjulie

have date night planned this week

talked to the school district about my daughter/kinder

been busy reading and blogging good

so far doing okay.

Momof... Momof3cuties

I had a set-back last week on this project.  I came down with a horrific case of the flu that I am actually still in the recovery phase of!  Here's my progress for the past week:

Marriage:  One Night out every other week, Progress: not so good since I was terribly sick.  I am going to try to get my husband to go to an adult only after Christmas party for my church group for a fun adult night out.  If he says no to that, then I just want to get him out for a couple of cocktails & some quiet conversation this weekend, Joy-O-Meter: no real progress made here yet so we shall see!

Momof... Momof3cuties

Kids:  15-30 minutes of quality time a day with kids, Progress: Having a 17 yr old at home & 5 yr old at home pose thier own unique challenges in this department.  Getting quality time with a busy 17 yr old is difficult.  I have not gotten something for us to deem as our own thing....I am taking him to get a hair cut on Friday & I think I will take him out to lunch afterwards.  It's much easier to spend time with my 5 yr old bc she craves that time with me.  I have done pretty well with this with her.  Last night we played Polly Pockets for about an hour.  I have set aside at least a 1/2 hour for her each day Joy-O-Meter:  Bella definitely has a different attitude when I set this time aside for her.  Last night, I did start to get irritated with her toward the end of playing with her.  I was just done with it & this was not her fault!

Momof... Momof3cuties

Work:  Not feeling like I am working 24/7 & get a new schedule worked out to get my hours in, Progress:  Pretty good on this & keeping up with my hours still.  The curse of working from home is that your job is always there.  I have a hard time shutting off my computer if I haven't gotten my maximum quota of 9 hours in.  9 hours is the maximum amount of hours I am allowed to work in a day.  I have done a pretty good job at shutting down around 9 when I put my daughter to bed.  This means that I am spending more one on one time with hubby...but we definitely need more than that!  I have yet to get the schedule worked out, Joy-O-Meter:  I am a lot more rested going to bed earlier & not staying up until midnight working & trying to get up at 6 a.m.!

Momof... Momof3cuties

Personal:  Getting some ME TIME in, including daily exercise, Progress: Impossible last week with 2 snow days & being taken down by the flu.  However, today, I spent the morning swimming at the Y with my friend we then went to lunch & shopping.  I am also signed up to start a new women's Bible study next Monday.  This means at least once a week for about 2 hours, I will get this time for myself.  I will also be swimming every Wednesday a.m. with my friend at the Y.  I have stuck to my daily exercise aside from the flu days. I have lost 7 pounds since Jan. 1, Joy-O-Meter:  What a difference it makes when I get to do something just for me and I am losing weight which thrills me!

Momof... Momof3cuties

Household:  Declutter & get rid of un-used/un-needed things; Progress: January 1 I ripped everything out of my  kitchen & dining room.  I donated a bunch, threw out a bunch & gave a bag of stuff to my son for his apartment.  Everything is nice & organized!   I would like to complete one room a month; Joy-O-Meter:  LOVE my kitchen now as does my husband!  We can now easily find what we need & we are not digging for things!  It's wonderful!

Overall...things are going pretty well & I am finding the joy in my life again...a little at a time! 

cherr... cherrera5

Your section on other positive progress is so funny. It is the most simpliest things that seem so hard to accomplish. I havent really started anything. I feel too busy. Im really not though. I just feel like Im waiting for something and I don't know what or when its ever going to arrive. I will definitely start tomorrow. I PROMISE.

sstepph sstepph

I have made the bed every morning this week and even straightened up the bedroom and cleaned it even though no one sees it, worked on knitting my scarf every day this week so far.. Its so relaxing!

MaMas06 MaMas06

Household: declutter the family room

Progress: My Son picks up some of his toys frm family room and takes it back to his room. Before he can bring another toy out to play with.

Joy-O-Meter: It's work in progress BUT for a 3yr. old that's allot! He's doing great!

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