DAY15// FIND A DAY PLANNER: ICAL? DIARY-WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU
I use a diary for all household and work appointments, though sometimes forget to keep it up to date. In an ideal world I’d like to go paper free, but I don’t trust technology enough to keep my diary on a phone or online storage.
I usually buy a cheap page-a-day diary from the pound shop, but this year I treated myself to lovely diary that includes pagan seasonal festivals, moon phases, as well as poetry, art and inspiring writing. While it might not count as minimalist with it’s colourful and busy pages, it does allow me to multitask (that’s minimalist isn’t it?). I can organise my life, whilst keeping more in touch with nature and the seasons, and be more mindful.
DAY16// TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA NOTIFICATIONS
My old second-hand android phone has pretty much turned off social media for me already as it crashes when I try to do anything other than send text message or make phone calls.
The downside of being disconnected from my social networks the majority of the time, is when I do log in, I find myself scrolling through a hundreds of facebook notifications and tweets for fear I might have missed something.
I have unfollowed most pages and group notifications to reduce what comes up in my newsfeed, but the main issue is my compulsion to check. I’m planning on reviewing my social media again in a while, perhaps I may be able to switch off a few more notifications so I only get updates from close friends, family and groups that are most important to me.
DAY17// SWITCH TO PAPERLESS BILLING
Already done! I have enough trouble sorting appointment letters and weeding out junk mail without adding bills to the pile.
I pay everything through internet banking, so checking bills online is easiest. A drawback is that I’ve got lazy dealing with post and tend to ignore any snail mail unless it looks like a council tax bill. Letters might go unopened for a while when some companies insist on sending paper correspondence.
DAY18// JOURNAL YOUR WHOLE DAY
This is so I can find out what I’m spending my time on to identify where I can make extra time.
I have pretty much same routine every work day. I think it might be mild OCD; If didn’t stick to a regular schedule I’d be completely disorganised, anxious the world was going to end, and not be able to drag myself from under the duvet.
Looking at my day, I can save at least an hour by:-
Getting out of bed when I wake up -spent half an hour hitting snooze, despite not being able to get back to sleep
Not getting distracted– watching youtube videos between sets during work-out (was to check my form, so not 100% wasted time, but still…)
not stressing– wasted 20 minutes worrying about what I’d written on a job application
Going to bed by 10:30 (to avoid morning snoozefest) -fell asleep in armchair, walked dogs stupidly late as too lazy to drag myself out into the cold night.
DAY19// PLAN OUT THE NEXT 7 DAYS IN YOUR PLANNER
Already done. I’m fine at scheduling things in, but often end up with tasks not done by the end of the week. I haven’t time to do stuff like DIY and gardening during the week, and come the weekend I’m too exhausted or just plain lazy.
DAY20// SET GOALS FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS
To make things simple, I’ve linked this in with my main goals
Gain enough strength to do a chin-up Seems easy enough, but I’m finding it impossible; hanging onto the bar and flapping about like a dying fish -it’s a girl problem!
Keep up to date with budget realistically should get me towards black
Walk the Tolkien Trail Will need to get walking to work again as practice
Finish editing at least 1 story For possible publication in e-zine or competition entry
DAY21// SET UP A SAVINGS ACCOUNT & DIRECT DEBIT TO PAY INTO IT
I already have a savings account, which I will set up a direct debit for once I have paid off my overdraft. There’s no point paying interest on debt if there’s money sitting in a savings account. All goes well, I can make this a 12 month goal.
This challenge week has helped me set goals and find ways to use my time more efficiently. I’m only hoping I can keep focused and put what I’ve learned into practice.