At the beginning of the week, I wrote a post about making your own personal goals. (Read it here.) So, that’s just what I did. I have been off work due to Easter break and this week had to spend it alone, which is something I find difficult to do. So, every day this week, I wrote a list of things that I wanted to get done and also in order, so that I had a structure for my day and something to achieve. Some items on the lists were small and others were larger jobs. I was going to add a photograph of them but I feel it’ll be much neater if I type them out (though I have added an image of them at the end, to show you how I did it)!
Day 1 Day 2
Get up Get up and have breakfast
Mow the lawn
Meet mother in law to walk dogs
Clean the bathroom Have lunch
Have lunch Clean upstairs and hoover
Watch TV – 1 hour Hair appointment
Go to the gym Prepare dinner (spag bol)
Prepare pizza base for tea Watch TV (1 hour)
Take Frank and Bella for a walk Read book before bed
Read my book – 30 mins
Friend to visit for tea
Day 3 Day 4
Get up and have breakfast Get up and have breakfast
Watch TV – 1 hour Write blog and check survey
1 hour marking books
45 min read my book 1 hour marking books
Have lunch Meet Grandma for lunch
1 hour marking books Friend coming over
2 hour lesson prep Finish marking and prep for work
Put beef in slow cooker Go to my friend’s for the eve
Go to the gym Watch TV until bed
Dinner with L’s parents
(There are only 4 days because it was a bank holiday week.)
As you can see, I didn’t always complete everything on my list, but that’s okay. The lists were really helpful because I knew that I did have something to do if I began to feel bored. I was feeling a little low on day 3 so you can see that I didn’t actually end up going to the gym or completing the work I needed to get done, so I added them into day 4 instead. Writing a list of things to do really worked for me as it gave me a reason to get up and I felt that there was a purpose for the day, even though on some days they were just minor activities. It helped to make me feel productive even though I didn’t feel like doing much. I also made sure not to fill the list with mundane jobs and put something in there for myself, such as reading or taking some time to watch the TV. I suppose next time I should add more of these, like listening to music or enjoying a riding lesson.
Small goals may lead to bigger goals eventually, but it is important to start somewhere. I am already anticipating my next break from work and planning what I’m going to do on each day, so I look forward to sharing that with you all! I’ve even thought well ahead and agreed to babysit my nephews for two of the days, so I know that it will be easier next time already!
I hope that maybe my list writing will inspire some people who find it difficult to get through long, lonely days. I know that there is nothing worse than waking up day after day with nothing on the schedule, and nothing to keep your brain ticking over. This way, you have a plan of action and soon it’ll become second nature!
NO IDEA why this image is upside down!!