Monthly Review – March

Time to take a look what I have achieved during March and then take a peek forward and see what is on the horizon for April.

My monthly review does not go into the low level detail, but looks at the key tasks that I was hoping to work my way through and how I fared.

REVIEW – KEY TASKS FOR MARCH:

Not being too busy.
My aim was to be in bed by 11.00pm as a norm and I have to confess to making it to bed by this time less than a quarter of the nights in March.

Towards the end of the month (knowing that I was going to have to write how poorly I had fared), I started noting down what I was doing with my time for a few days to see why this is a constant occurrence.

The bottom line is that I don’t want to miss out on anything, and will keep cramming things into my day without dropping any activities off. This is not a sustainable way to go and I have to make some decisions about where I will focus my energies this month.

Complete buying winter clothes for children and mum and dad.
Children – completed.
Mr Infrastructure – yet to start. If he doesn’t get going soon I will have to do it for him!
Me – The heavy winter coat that I have been hunting for is alluding me. But I came across I op therefore I am in by blog travels and I will check out a few of the stores they recommend.

Easter holiday and camping
Completed and so happy to have been part of my friends camping troop. I have memories of a strong, funny and intelligent woman that I will never forget.

Enrollment/Registration for Term 2 after school activities.
Completed

Back garden
Work in progress – about a quarter of the way through this project. It will probably be May before we finish as we have sport on both Saturday and Sunday mornings now.

GOALS – KEY TASKS FOR APRIL:

Not being too busy.
I will have to keep putting this one on until I achieve a better balance. I have quite a few things that I want to achieve with the blog over the next couple of months that will require a decent amount of work from me.

I have given quite a lot of thought as to where I can squeeze this extra time from and for the next 6 weeks I am going to try and limit some of my social activities.

I love morning teas, after school family plays, parties etc but I am going to try pulling back slightly this month, so that I can make it to bed by 11.00pm. I need to do better than last month.

Making a decision on kinder for Babaganouski
Babaganouski turns 2 on April 30 and I need to decide if I want to enrol him for kinder next year. This decision is just a part of the broader decision about when we send him to school.

April 30 is the cut off day for children turning 5 before they can enter school in Victoria. Little Rascal was April 20 and we made the decision to wait for him to turn 5 before he went to school (he turned 6 when in prep) and this decision was a fantastic one for him. He settled into Prep even better than I could have imagined. I need to assess if this will be the right move for Babaganouski.

Create a Command Centre
This sounds so completely nerdy I know, but if you take a peek at the photo in this link at The Organizing Junkie’s, you might understand why I want one!

I have a Manila folder that I keep on a kitchen bench near the phone, but it inevitably builds up to a mess and doesn’t always have the items I would like on hand there.

Birthday Celebrations
A party for Babaganouski and a dinner with friends for Little Rascal. You can see more about how I am planning those on my Thursday posts during April.

Organise the Special People
In May both kinder and school have Grandparents/Special Persons Days. We have 2 grandparents and a great grandmother in Melbourne, but there was a year (when Babaganouski was born) that I left the organising too late and the new born Babaganouski and I ended up being the special visitors.

Writing Practice for Little Rascal
Little Rascal is an active child and has a natural preference for mathematics. He will often ask me to write him sums to do, but when it comes to writing a story (and practising his handwriting) he is a little apprehensive. I think relates to his perfectionist nature, so this month I am going to try a few different things to get him writing more at home.

Back Yard
At least with the cooler weather the growth of the plants (and weeds) slows a little. I think to work through the next quarter would be doable this month.

How did you go last month and what key tasks are you setting for yourself for April?

Comments

  1. says

    March wasn’t that good for me. I got caught up with my writing and missed a few days of posting, although not consecutively. I also haven’t been able to make time to set up a Twitter account and an Entrecard account. (I am apparently the last blogger on the planet, who isn’t on Twitter). I have a few other ideas for the blog, and I just haven’t been able to make the time to set things up. Quiet disappointing.

    On the brighter side, I did manage to focus more on my writing, and land some new clients, so all was not lost!

    PreSchool Mama’s last blog post..A Reward Idea for Your PreSchooler

  2. says

    Well you might be the second last blogger not on Twitter, because I haven’t set up an account yet either. Not sure if I even will at the moment. And I have only just started checking out Entrecard.

    Congratulations on the writing and the new clients – they are both big achievements.

    PQ