Ah April, such a nice month for me. In Australia we have a number of public holidays in April, which meant two four-day weekends and plenty of down time, as intended!
For those of you new to the blog - welcome!
Each month I set intentions (not goals - thanks for the word, Jess Lively!) and then recap how I went.
It keeps me accountable (thanks readers!) and upholds the goal of this blog - that perfection isn’t possible, but little improvements are.
To take a trip down memory lane, head here to read previous months’ recaps and intentions.
Now let’s review April and see what’s ahead for May.
Smash time management
As I mentioned, time management was the topic for Brooke Castillo’s Self Coaching Scholars in April and the theme of her podcast too, if you’d like to get some of her amazing content at no cost.
I did pretty well with this goal in April - I made sure I prioritised the day to day things that make me happy (exercise, meditation, spending time with family and friends) but also made time for my big goal - relaunching my website today!
I wrote out all the tasks I needed to get the website completed, estimated how long each would take, calendarised them and it worked!
If you’ve got something huge on your to do list or something you’ve been putting it off - try the same method and let me know how you go.
Embrace down time after a busy 6 months
Long weekends = mission accomplished.
Easter saw me indulging in a rare weekend of lazy brunches and lots of Netflix, while the following long weekend saw me go off the grid to the country with (gasp) no internet or phone reception. So good!
I of course realised how much I depend on my phone (and found myself searching for it out of habit a number of times on the trip, even though there was nothing I could do with it once I found it).
I also discovered that there wasn’t that much waiting for me when I got back to civilisation and my phone - no urgent messages, no hugely important social media updates that I’d missed ... which leads me to my May intentions.
Have tech free time on the weekends
After my long weekend offline, I’m keen to try this every weekend… but not all weekend of course - that’s way too scary!
I’m going to experiment with taking either a day, or two mornings or afternoons off my phone each weekend.
Recognising the insidious addiction many of us have to our phones doesn’t particularly stress me out, but I think it’s good to be aware and, in particular, try living in my life, rather than in my phone or the lives of others.
Which leads me to thinking about what I’m going to do with that time…
Start weekend hikes
Those who know me well know that I love to walk as much as possible. It clears my head, allows for great, relaxed conversation when I have company and is obviously pretty good for me too.
I’ve always walked the trail behind my house but have also many times over the years bookmarked links to great walks or hikes around Melbourne.
Each weekend, when time allows, I want to spend at least half a day doing a walk in a new area - and if I’m alone, I’m allowing myself to listen to podcasts on my phone, but no scrolling through social media!
What’s your plan for May? Do you have success with tech free time? Let me know below!