So here we are at the end of the 31 days of Focus and Refresh. It’s been a crazy month, to say the least. Here’s how I stacked up against my goals.
1. Study the Bible and/or pray for 31 minutes a day.
I have spent far more time than usual with my Bible and in prayer. I missed a few days. I am in a study at church and doing the homework for that. I find I am excited to learn in that study, but also eager to just read and study where I am led. As expected, I find storms much easier to navigate, when I am focused on God.
2. Exercise for 31 minutes a day.
Going from no exercise to daily exercise would have been great, if I had taken it more slowly. I started too fast and too long and hurt a muscle. It’s better now and I am back exercising every day, but more carefully. I loved walking outside and am really looking forward to the days when it is warm enough to do it again.
3. Spend 31 minutes a day working on my blog.
At the beginning of the month, I did this every day. As I have been spending more time creating for etsy and working, the blog has fallen off a little. I am anxious to get back to it.
4. Spend 31 minutes a day creating something or listing something in my etsy shop.
Oh goodness! I have spent plenty of time on etsy work! Figuring out the processes, finding the right supplies, creating. This was so fun and I have lots more to do.
5. Get rid of one thing I don’t need, every day during October.
I wish I had kept track of everything I got rid of. I donated some of my clothes and clothes my daughter outgrew. I sold some of her clothes and things to a children’s resale shop. I threw out things that were useless and went around the house every day or so looking for “one more thing” to get rid of. It gave me a new sense of freedom to let stuff go. I plan to continue doing this every week. I got rid of around 150 things.
Beyond all that, I created the stage, rearranged her room, made Halloween cookies and got to spend time regularly with one of my nephews. It has been a whirlwind month. Here’s what I learned that I will carry forward…
I can accomplish a lot in one day.
When I have clear goals in mind and give myself tasks to accomplish, I am really productive. I am going to keep a list of things I COULD work on, so if there is a lull in my paid work, I won’t wander aimlessly. I’ll have clear options for what to do next.
I work better in longer periods of time.
It was hard for me to work on something for 31 minutes, then switch gears and do something completely different. I know that wasn’t the point, but in order to accomplish all I set out to do, I had to keep jumping from one thing to the next. Going forward, I will set weekly goals for each task (like 5 hours blogging in a week). If I am on a roll and it all happens in a day or two, perfect. If I have nothing to say, I can work on something else for a while.
I love people.
Ok. So I already knew this. But I work from home, without any co-workers around and it’s my daughter’s first year of full day school. So I am REALLY alone. And for a person who just loves to be around people, that is very hard. My sister has invited me to come work at her house sometimes, where there are kids and activity and always something happening. I think I’ll do that! I also find that I am going to love being a part of the blogging community. It’s so fun to read what other people are up to and to interact online.
Overall this challenge has been a lot of fun and has helped me to accomplish so much and learn in the process. I loved it!