With May here sooner than we realized, it’s time for my monthly look back and sharing how my Word of The Year for 2021 – Yes will translate in ‘intentional focus’ in this month.
Looking Back on April
1. Where did you see God in April?
I found God in the daily routine of my life. In my Morning Pages, in my reading and in my relationships. I realized a lot more about myself and what makes me tick and areas that need correction and healing as I wrote my Morning Pages regularly. I also became more regular to the studio and together Jose and I worked out a better schedule for as a unit. So as always, I saw and heard God in the still small voice within me.
2. When did you laugh out loud in April?
While Lucky gives us a lot of reasons to laugh and there’s a crazy little stray pup that visits us, I really can’t remember laughing out loud during the month. Our memories of Pablo don’t make us sad as much as they did before, and we smile when we remember his madness, but somehow the residual sadness remains.
People who know me well, know how hard I laugh – until I’m red in the face. Something silly will set me off. But I cannot remember when I last laughed that hard.
3. What is one word to describe what you hope for as we move into May?
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.John C. Maxwell
This quote from Maxwell underlined for me once again, how I need to relook at my routine and tweak and fix things. I want to give intentional focus to certain things this month.
May – A Month of Intentional Focus
Before I move into talking about May, I’ve been meaning to share the vision board I created for 2021. While my Vision Board for 2020 had a lot more elements in it, this time I kept it simple.
My Word of the Year is Yes. My vision board says Yes to self-nurturing, growth and learning, play and opening closed doors.
I’ve been trying to incorporate all this into my life, but there’s times I’ve failed. So for May, I decided to really use my bullet journal effectively. I’ve scheduled into it time for working, for reading, for learning and for play and entertainment. So there’s an intentional focus on each aspect without me feeling guilty about missing out on anything.
I’ve started to set aside days for certain tasks, batching them together and creating time blocks each day for certain tasks. For example, on one day of the week, I’ll work on putting all the book reviews that are due, on the blog and schedule them. This is (as I am) a work in progress, but it seems the most sensible option to keep my focus on my goals.
To know more about how batching and creating time blocks works, do read these two articles:
- Work At Home Mom Schedule [Free Hourly Planner Printable] by Anja Home
- Batching: How To Improve Your Focus And Get More Done by Dan Silvestre
Feel free to ask me questions and to share what your May is going to look like.
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